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  1. N79 on its way to Suffolk County passes thru a lot of wilderness areas; you feel like you're on a winding road in the woods!
  2. Are they not going to do any of the stuff in the NICE Vision plan? No N24x, no Mineola/Roosevelt Field/NCC "hub" shuttle, etc? Those would have been great ideas. I do think the Manhattan to Nassau bus idea was crazy though (think of the empty buses that ran from Roosevelt Field to Manhattan about a year ago; I forget what the reason was for those, but I do know they were virtually empty and a total failure.) Riders just need fast and frequent service to the 179th subway. There's a frequent F express the remainder of the way.
  3. Interesting how Nassau bus drivers usually enforce the fare. But Staten Island bus drivers, especially approaching the ferry, just let tons (and I mean sometimes half the bus) walk past defiantly without paying.
  4. Very smart to have the N22x bypass Mineola Terminal, since it often takes 6 or 7 traffic lights to exit during rush-hour afternoons (hundreds of drivers leaving the multi-level parking lot back things up severely). Willis/Hillside has very heavy ridership so it's a plus to add that stop. More frequent N22x service is always welcomed too. They need to have an N24x too (ridiculous to stop practically every single block, especially in Queens). They talked about reinstating a Nassau Hub Shuttle (Roosevelt Field/Mineola/NCC area). Might help to get back all the students they lost due to N45/N51 and other cuts. Very bizarre how they prioritized a "Shore Road Shuttle" in the Roslyn area, when a Nassau Hub Shuttle would likely have far more ridership.
  5. All of these ideas are great EXCEPT the service to Manhattan. Express buses are a big money loser for the MTA and will prove the same for NICE. However, within Nassau County, the introduction of more express routes & higher frequency of these routes is very smart. For example, it's ridiculous to have an N24 stop EVERY SINGLE BLOCK in parts of Queens. Wastes the driver's time and money. Hopefully the N24x will just stop at Queens railroad stations, then New Hyde Park, Mineola, Roosevelt Field, and Hicksville. Would be so much quicker! Love the idea of a Nassau Hub service too (Mineola, Roosevelt Field, Colisseum).
  6. Why not just take the N6 bus to the F train at 179th? So much cheaper!! The N6 is the most frequent bus in Nassau County. 40-45 min ride on the bus, then 30 min on the F. Use the extra few minutes to study on the bus/train, and with the HUNDREDS of dollars a month you save, you'll have tons of extra spending money!
  7. Perhaps some express bus customers from places like Rosedale will avail themselves of this option. May save the MTA money too as it's cheaper than running express buses. Can't see most others taking advantage of this. $60*4 = $240 for 28 days. That's double the 30-day Metrocard price. Most of the folk at Parsons-Archer can't even afford that. Best way to encourage ridership is to accept Unlimited Metrocard for these LIRR stations, but only on OFF-PEAK trains. Capacity is an issue for many peak trains.
  8. So all bus schedules will be eliminated on the N40/N41 soon, at all hours of the day? So on a Sunday around 10pm, the schedule will say "every hour out of Freeport starting 10pm". You won't have any idea when the bus will leave Freeport, and it's up to the bus driver's discretion to leave any time at all within that hour?
  9. N35 is standing room only between Roosevelt Field and Hempstead during rush-hours, so I highly doubt they'd cut that. NICE lost tons of revenue after students ditched NICE when they cut the N51 and N45 rides to the college; if they cut the N35 to the college from Roosevelt Field, they'd be very very foolish.
  10. They need to make MASSIVE cuts of the N24 bus stops. They stop practically EVERY single block in Queens.
  11. Saw it happen recently on another major east-west NICE route, how the lazy bus driver saw the passenger but refused to stop. No obstruction at all in the bus stop; she just didn't feel like pulling over. This bus company hires the worst of the worst, but when you have crap benefits (compared to the MTA) and you get rid of all the old-timers who were professionals, you're left with absolutely horrid rude individuals driving the NICE buses who have no concern for passengers. NICE doesn't care, since it's just happy it can get anyone off the street to drive the bus (so many drivers call out so frequently that runs get dropped). Worst bus company ever. Might be time to complain to Nassau elected officials since that's the only way the management at NICE will require bus drivers to stop at a stop.
  12. Complete lack of accountability from this bus agency. This crap would never fly with the MTA. No wonder this bus agency keeps losing passengers. Instead of apologizing, they will make excuses if you call to complain.
  13. I can't see $6.50 one way / $215 monthly resulting in a huge increase of passengers (chart on page 9 of document at http://www.pcac.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Freedom-Ticket-reduced.pdf). They can barely afford the $2.75 as it is. Even paying $3.00 or $3.25 would be a huge struggle for most riders, never mind $6.50. The people who can afford it, already use the LIRR or express bus. Sadly, I think this pilot program will be a colossal failure. On page 8 of the document , they hint when ESA (East Side Access) is complete, they'll run more frequent service and at a subway fare. Now THAT is what will increase the passenger count.
  14. I could care less if the Metro-North stations are to be paved in silver or gold. That's why these Enhanced Station Initiatives are such a waste of time. Are they going to add the ridiculous "standing benches" to Metro-North like they now have at 53rd St Brooklyn on the R line? I use the Bee-Line if possible (if going to Tarrytown or points south, etc) since it's free with my Unlimited Metrocard. Or if I'm going further north or Connecticut, I'll have no choice but to take Metro-North, so I'll take the subway to Yankee Stadium/Fordham/Riverdale to cut my Metro-North fare in half. Think of all the money wasted on the new PATH station at WTC. If PATH wanted my ridership, they would have accepted the NYC Unlimited Metrocard. The old WTC station was fine to me and I didn't mind the orange bucket seats on the older trains. If they want to attract more discretionary riders like me, they'll lower the intermediate fares (everything except Grand Central and 125th) even further to compete with Bee-Line bus. Many more riders (but at a lower fare) would result in more money taken in.
  15. I've found the letter-train line conductors are completely unaware of what's going on with the numbered-train lines, and vice versa. I check the MTA website not only before I start my trip, but during my trip, in case I need to take a reroute to save time.

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