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B35 via Church

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  1. Yeah, I don't think I've ever been on a Q58 from Flushing that didn't have at least, what, around 3/4ths of the bus getting off for the subway (QB lines)... Somebody else on here not too long ago brought up having Q60's taking Hillside to Sutphin.... I suppose that specific part of it would help the route, but overall, I still wouldn't put a LTD on the Q60..... As long as the thing runs on the service rd., it won't make too much difference.... I also wouldn't have any Q60 trips skipping stops east of Broadway <> east of Grand av if the thing's going to run to Manhattan....
  2. Holy shit, there's a LOT OF ERRORS in this post ! Perhaps you should do some "proof"reading, get a clue, and stop hopping the back of that damn B1 bus.... Jesus Christ.... M100 to Randall's Island in any facet, when the M100 is constantly, notoriously late operating along its current route.... The hell is the matter with you?!
  3. I don't see coverage as being the issue with overnight service.... There's a fine line between being synergetic & being frugal.... Overnight service (levels) are what they are & you don't need people waiting any longer for buses because they're too busy running over the river & through the woods & back.... e.g. There's nothing suggesting that the M60 should run to PABT... or service even running into Randalls/Wards Islands... or service even running in Battery Park City (running the M22 into more of BPC would benefit more people than the M20 would anyway... If I'm a BPC patron, there's no way in hell I'm waiting for a bus coming from the frickin Polo Grounds) during those hours..... There's nobility & then there is overkill.... Quoted & Enlarged for Emphasis.
  4. Not this open door express bus bit again.... Nobody ever looks at this nonsense from the perspective of the current express bus commuter... The assumption is always that current riders will willingly put up with intra-outerborough usage & the fact is, is that they wont..... Local bus riders wont flock to this type of service either... What you essentially end up with, is a service that would be even less patronized than current express bus service.... There is much of nothing to be gained by having some sort of cohesion with express bus service & local bus service.....
  5. I've never taken a Q59 that took that long between terminals... That sounds like Q54 end-to-end runtimes to me. Regardless, I actually wouldn't touch the Q58 route; I only brought up such a suggestion for the sake of being objective..... The Q59 however, different story.... I've long held & still hold the belief that the Q58 doesn't need a supplement along Grand av, so I would completely restructure the Q59. The Q54 the way I see it, needs to be split.... There's been a bit of an increase in the amount of Fresh Pond rd. short turns (from Jamaica-170th) anyway.....
  6. While I'm very critical of this agency, the notion that the MTA is intentionally sticking RTS' in poorer neighborhoods in this borough, I'm just not buying..... Sounds stupid upon even reading it & re-reading it aloud to myself...... This concern of his (the author) for the more lower income people in this borough, comes off as disingenuous on top of it.... The fact that there are RTS' running out of Flatbush & ENY doesn't mean there's this intent to stick "the MTA's oldest buses" in areas that house "Brooklyn's poorest residents"..... There are other factors that are involved when it comes to bus moves & things of that nature....
  7. Simply put, I don't think a new route for this specific purpose (especially the way you have it routed) is necessary... Just divert the Q58/LTD off Corona av. & have it run via QB & HHE to Flushing instead.... Then have the Q59 serve Corona av. in its place, end it (elsewhere) in Rego Park somewhere, and call it a day..... I'm inclined to agree.... But at the same time, another route doesn't need to be terminating with the Q58 in (or anywhere else in the heart of) Flushing either - especially at an every 7 min. clip all day, save for overnight hours....
  8. I'm not questioning the existence of the concept, I'm questioning the implementation of that concept for this city.....
  9. Rather vague answer, but regardless, then the question becomes: Why does there have to be a combination of routes for there to be some specific overnight bus network in SI (or any other borough)? The routes themselves exist & the issue with overnight service has very little to do with coverage... The issue, at best, are shortened spans on the current routes.... I would look into increasing the spans on some of these routes that aren't 24/7 that could perhaps use overnight service, instead of drumming up a network specific to overnight service that involves d*cking around with the current routes & being cute with route nomenclatures for them..... That's just how I see it...
  10. I'm looking at a rather old map of my Q38 split & your map here... There are only two main differences (I'll point out mine) I have the route ending with the Q39 on the southern end.... Along National, I have the route then going 43rd av > 108th st > Roosevelt, en route to Flushing I didn't have buses running to Ridgewood Terminal b/c I didn't want to exacerbate matters w/ all the other routes ending there (there's enough shuffling of routes around to try to maximize space as there is - and apparently, it's STILL going on over there.... Everytime you look, it's some minor routing change to some route over there).... As for the other bullet point/difference, I wanted to serve more actual residences with the northward extension to Flushing with the route..... Routing a bus via Corona Plaza, along Roosevelt, to Flushing, I'd want no part of.... I wouldn't want buses going via Corona Plaza, nor would I route a bus on any of those side streets b/w Corona av & HHE, to get b/w 99th & 108th..... To sum it up, I like the thought process behind your alternate routing (compared to that of routing buses through Corona Plaza), but the street grid doesn't feasibly allow for it (which isn't your fault).....
  11. Much like Eagle Team w/ the SBS' & farebeaters, TLC isn't consistent with their crackdowns on these cabs..... To tell the truth, before Flatbush SBS Duece's post, I do not & cannot remember the last time I've heard of any mention/notice of TLC along Flatbush.... Probably since the late 90's (when some of them fools would get busted for weapons & drugs & shit)..... Those vans been running wantonly & without a care in the world for quite some time now... No tentativeness whatsoever.... .....but going back to the analogy for a sec', matter of fact, they're (TLC's) even more ineffective over a long period of time, because it's really only a day or two max. that they're out there hounding the Church av cabs..... Yes, there's the randomness of when they appear, but once the storm is weathered (the day or two) so to speak, it's back to normal & business as usual.... This cycle's been going on ever since I was in grade school (80's) & probably the case before that too.... If the aim is to get rid of the Flatbush vans, you have to make it less profitable for them... Money talks & if there is silence, then bullshit is walking - Point blank.... Whenever they (TLC) do appear on Church though, you'll see dollar cabs running on Linden or Snyder to avert them....Kinda funny the way they scurry around the neighborhood actually.... Just FTR, Generally speaking, my issue isn't that the cab/van drivers exist - it's that there are way too many of 'em taking advantage of the MTA's inefficiencies..... At the same time, the MTA should not be making it MORE profitable for those guys by cutting service here & there on the B41.... #maketheB41greatagain
  12. I hate to put it like this, but the fact that people are doing more farebeating on the B35 via the artics, is infact hurting cab service.... When I used to take the LIRR (to Atlantic Term.) coming home, I would get miffed at having to wait so long for a cab over at E. 18th, and eventually ended up walking either to Flatbush (or Bedford) for a cab, or walking home altogether..... The phenomenon of more people standing curbside longer for a cab along Church definitely exists.... You have some cab drivers now that are absolutely petrified of running past Flatbush av.... Yeah, you got those 2 cops at the subway station , but they spend far more time on their cell phones, talking amongst each other, and/or skirt chasing, that they're too distracted to care.....
  13. ...Which is why I hold the belief that the MTA is continuing to succumb to the dollar vans..... The damned things (the vans I'm talking about) run along about 90% of the B41 route FFS..... Cut the head off the snake - Ban dollar van service in Downtown & you will watch overall demand for the things take a serious hit..... I'd argue not only are people taking vans over the B41, but over taking the subway as well..... Flatbush, north of Grand Army continues to feel like I'm driving/walking along some north/south Manhattan avenue block - even during non event days at Barclays..... You were alright up until that very last statement.... It's a false narrative. The B46 SBS was implemented in summer of 2016..... The Utica vans started disappearing like they were going out of style, well before the infamous "draconian" cuts in 2010.... I want to say around the mid 2000's, but it may have even been before that..... Van service along Utica has not been abundant for a long time now; this isn't a trend that just started two & a half years ago.... The fact of the matter was, you had a mass exodus of van drivers that ditched Utica for Flatbush because 1] the latter was more profitable & 2] steadily increasing crackdowns (NYPD) over at Utica/Eastern Pkwy. & (especially at) the select few that tried pushing the envelope, running up to Fulton st.... I mean, you could have waited at Kings Plaza & have seen anywhere from 10-15 vans on layover anywhere from the corner of [E. 52nd/Av U] to [along Flatbush av b/w Av. U & E. 53rd] & you'd have been lucky if you could find ONE Utica av van..... This benefitted the B46.... I mean, we can all sit on our hands & hope for the best for the B41, but the MTA has to also get on board with the rest of your plan here too.....
  14. Why are you embarrassing your uncle like this....
  15. Most of the Q76 route is wide open... No real chokepoint to speak of b/w 20th av & Hillside av (not inclusive)..... You can't say the same thing for the Q38, which operates on rather narrow streets & serves a couple major destinations.... Even if they have the same (posted) headways around that time of day, there's no comparison..... The way I see it, there's less of an excuse for the Q76 to consistently bunch over the Q38.... If what I'm describing was a one time thing, it would be whatever.... However, this is a pattern I'm noticing.... It has another tripper out of St. Francis Prep, but that's a bus I'd never see, because that runs up towards Parsons/14th (instead of down towards Jamaica)..... If you're talking about more trippers out of Bayside H.S. specifically, well you have to consider the Q31 as well......
  16. I'm not understanding why you're asking us about local 'x' routes, but opt to use a completely different route type (SBS) as an example of something that should be making less stops..... You don't create a different route type (or a variant of a different route type) for the same route for the purposes of passenger distribution though... There wouldn't be any Bx12 equivalent to that of a Q43 gunning straight to the train station (179th) from Springfield.... The riding pattern on the Bx12 wouldn't support anything like that.... It's a route that cuts through the heart of the entire borough which serves too many subway stations for that..... My thing about this whole thing is, an 'x' variant of an SBS waters down the purpose of SBS..... For all that's being conveyed in his example, those trips may as well be short turned SBS' running b/w PBP & Isham-207th (making all regular SBS stops b/w that stretch), because as you stated earlier, skipping those 4 stops won't make no real difference - Especially considering what Fordham rd. is traffic-wise during the rush.....
  17. Then you get why they drive insanely slow.
  18. Stopped reading that document after y'all started talking about implementing bus lanes for the Q22 to reduce bunching.....
  19. No problem.... But first, I'd like to know what is your understanding of the term, interlining? Let's start there, bud...
  20. What I find is that riders tend to judge lateness by how long they've been waiting - completely separate from even looking at/or knowing, some route's schedule..... An example of what I'm talking about is, If a bus got to some stop at 8:10 prior & the next one is set to arrive at 8:30, some passenger got to that stop at 8:14 (missing the 8:10), the next arriving bus actually gets to the stop at 8:30, you will have people that'll claim that 8:30 bus in this little scenario is late, for no other reason than having to wait that 16 minutes.... On low headway routes (like the B35), forget it.... If someone's waiting for more than 3-4 minutes, you'd think the sky was about to fall..... The Q35 is anything but timely or reliable.... Buses tend to leave B. 116th whenever they want & you may as well sit on your hands waiting for it on the Junction end..... F***ing irritating to see 2 buses powered off on the B. 116th end - with the next incoming bus alighting pax, then immediately picking up pax. for the return trip back to Brooklyn (as in, no layover)... Can't be.... That 1 trip leaves Bayside H.S (towards Jamaica) around 3:45..... I get to Francis Lewis around 5:20 - 5:30..... Even if I happen to catch that light, I'm almost always seeing the Q76 (Jamaica bound) in pairs around that time...
  21. There's a couple times I've seen & been on a 40' #40 (40 footer on a BL-40) myself.... I'd say more often than not, you'd get an artic on the #40 (at least, I have).... As for the #43, I couldn't tell you what they operate on that route.
  22. Heh, don't get me started with the LIRR..... What you're describing there with those that talk the ears off of a b/o & other peers is still the yakker (the yakker isn't just the person on the cell phone, as this article would have one believe).... I rarely sit in the front of an express bus anyway, so this isn't a concern to me (although I can see where it can be for someone else)... I guess, being a long time native of this city, I don't expect to board some mode of public transportation & actually/literally expect a quiet ride ! This is another stupid so-called "person you'd never want to meet on the MTA express bus"..... So you overslept & missed your stop, big whoop.... That person isn't any real nuisance to anyone but his/herself..... Ever woke up in a cold sweat? Woke up nervous/frantic? The most you'll probably get from that person is an excuse me, I gotta get off (or something to that effect, in a nervous/repititious tone, if that person's sitting at a window seat w/ someone sitting next to them), with a repeated pressing of the bell & what not... That person's not going to expect the b/o to double back on the route..... Come on.... Straight foolishness..... More to your point, you wouldn't be the so-called stop misser here.... If a b/o deviates off route, never serving some stop along the normal course of the route, that's not your fault..... The guy that overslept, or too pre-occupied on a cell phone or laptop, or so engaged in some conversation with somebody that he misses his stop though, with the driver operating along the normal course of the route? - That is no one else's fault but that passenger.

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