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B35 via Church

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  1. The current map is inconsistent & illegible, but yet that version of a subway map he presents (38 seconds into the clip), is rather confusing... There's too much going on in it.... Doesn't help that every bit of displayed text is of the same opacity, either.... Current map wins by a landslide AFAIC....
  2. I know that Q66 nonsense wasn't your idea & I wasn't referencing you in that quoted comment at all....
  3. Not in the slightest. Suits me just fine.... I'm just pretty sick & tired of seeing so many empty Q66's along 21st st, heading towards QBP..... While you have hoards of people waiting for the thing in Flushing, generally riding no further west than Jackson Heights.... And then you get some folks talking about running the thing to some Columbus Circle... The Q66 needs to be truncated. This is segueing into the Parsons vs. Kissena discussion again.... He says that they're not his ideas & how they were taken off some FB group..... But regardless of whoever's ideas they are, I also want to know what program{s} were used to edit that map.....
  4. Yeah, and the MTA will keep pushing that envelope.... The # of service cuts this agency makes, somehow always trumps service increases.... Imagine that.... Don't blame you one bit. Can't be.... The M55 carries somewhere around 2k riders/day.... There are quite a number of routes in this city that don't even break 4 figures (whether that be due to their service span or whatever, but they still gotta be factored in)....
  5. While I vehemently disagree with specifically changing fleets to justify system-wide service cuts, I can't agree with the simple notion of never concurring with any service cut.... Even if the intent isn't as such, it gives off the aura of that of being anti-change & let's face it, the bus network in this city is antiquated.... I've said this from day one, back when you had enthusiasts in this transit community ecstatic over their inauguration in this city.... The MTA doesn't use artics to address capacity, they use them as money-saving measures... Replacing a 40' with a 60' (1:1 conversion) isn't & has never been the aim..... It's a sly attempt at generated demand by way of revocation & its disgusting... I've said this before & I'll say it again - let there be a situation where artics are consistently running empty on some route for any prolonged period.... This will open the more for more service cuts, because, how dare we run these LARGER buses on the road & these people (the riding public) still aren't using them (bunching & other unmitigating factors be damned)..... The flipside of this, is the illusion & portrayal of increasing ridership on some route, because the LARGER buses are more crowded now..... When you exchange four quarters for a Susan B. Anthony, you don't have more money... The MTA will have the riding public believe a 50 cent piece is of an equivalent value of that of a dollar coin, just because it is almost equivalent in size..... I refuse to "buy" it.... And so should all of you.
  6. Q4/Q96: That Q96 is circuitous & hardly solves the issue with bus service along Springfield.... This is basically the Q83 on steroids. Q26: Been saying this should happen for ages.... However, it should be full time & not a part time route (as illustrated on the map).... Q27: Great, another Q17 that's even MORE circuitous & even MORE useless.. Q31: Yeah, straighten it out on Utopia, but I wouldn't bother with having a part time terminal in Bayside... Just get rid of the terminal on Francis Lewis & call it a day... Q66: Not for that reason, but agreed.... Q76: I agree with cutting it back from Jamaica, but cutting it back to Fresh Meadows-188th still wouldn't give the route it enough of a base.... Q94: I guess I'm one of the few that isn't gung-ho on a Fordham-Flushing route... To me, this is one of those ideas that looks good on paper, but would end up under-performing in actuality....
  7. System-wide, I don't think they have to change much.... But what I would start with, is a reassessing & reallocating of service between 242nd & Yonkers....
  8. I don't agree with either; an M100 cutback to 125th or a M101 cutback to 96th full time..... Just about whenever I'm on 125th & notice those M101 short turns, they are undeniably more empty than the buses going to 8th.... Whether it be having the M102 run LTD south of 116th or having the M103 run LTD north of 8th, I'd be for either, over maintaining the M101 as the 3rd/Lex LTD service.....
  9. The Fordham bound buses technically run in Westchester for two separate small stints.... [along Mundy Lane] and [along Nereid av. from the eastern edge of the river, to just before it makes the turn down Webster].
  10. Lol.... "butt whipped", in reference to what? Anyway, the M10 doesn't actually terminate at Columbus Circle..... So unless you want to truncate the route somewhere north of it, extending it somewhere south of it for de-cluttering purposes, is pointless..... FTR, I'm not exactly concurring with cutting the M5 to Columbus Circle, but again, you can still have it, the M10, and the M12 ending in the general vicinity.... I don't really think Abingdon is cluttered; well, to the point where it affects anything anyway.... The problem I more have with Abingdon sq. itself is its uselessness (even for M11 pax.)..... It's a wonder why you had people suggesting M12's be extended southward, before the route even started service!
  11. I don't think the MTA would even stoop that low; eliminating the M31 by running the M12 to Yorkville.... That "M18" is basically what I'd have the M101 do (assuming it's running via Amsterdam & along 125th)... Reverting the M42 to Javits Center I don't see much of a point of anymore.... There's barely enough space on that block for the M34 to layover w/ all those charter buses impeding it.... Inside Javits Center property, that simply aint happening.... May as well leave the M42 where it is.... So this dude agrees w/ the MTA's proposal for the M100, has the M101 running LTD on 3rd/Lex south of 125th, with the M102 & M103 untouched as locals? That's redundant - for that, he may as well have M102's running LTD south of 125th & call it a day... There's no need for Q60's AND Q32's running to Penn station; let alone via 5th/Madison.... I would argue there isn't too much need for the Q32 to run all the way down to Penn anymore; well every trip anyway..... * You're iffy about a route going from Abingdon Sq.... up to 57th st... clear along 57th st to York av... and clear along York av to 92nd??? * Your amendment isn't too much better; It's a combination of the old M58 & the current M12.... The current M31 running clear along 57th & clear along York is enough.... * Lastly, yeah, a continuous route running from South Ferry to CPS/Columbus Circle via 5th/6th is warranted (the current M55 NB terminal & the current M5 SB terminal doesn't do riders much justice).... if you want to truncate the M5 to Columbus Circle (from GWB, I'm assuming), there would be no need to extend the M10, because the M104 provides that coverage (to TSQ).... Hell, even if Mayor Moneybags (Bloomberg) had wet dreams about trying to Europeanize this city w/ these ped. malls & what not, that still didn't have to lead to the MTA eliminating the M6... MTA had it right with the old M5/M6 pattern, is what it boils down to.... Having the M5 run from South Ferry to GWB was a logistical nightmare & a shitstorm waiting to happen (for obvious reasons).... The basic idea of splitting that abominable rendition of the M5 (which is why I say, you don't get attaboy's for solving problems you create !) made sense, but they split it in a way that deters usage along the affected corridor between SoHo & Midtown North..... Another way of putting that is, Midtown isn't really a "mid"point, as far as local bus usage goes in Manhattan - and you're seeing proof of that with the current M5 & M55....
  12. I'd like to know where these ridership numbers for NICE routes are being extracted & relayed from......
  13. Yeah, and we can start by getting rid of the Q1 & have those same resources dedicated to the Q43 (as short turns) to provide necessary service along Braddock.... If that means terminating some Q43 trips at 179th, then so be it.....
  14. Nah, re-read what I said... I'm not saying Green Acres is a better terminal than Springfield/Merrick, I'm saying Green Acres is a better terminal for such a route, over Rochdale..... I'm not buying Rochdale as being some sort of a solution in the equation of "If you want people to ride this new route, bring the new route to the people." As far as Green Acres & Kings Plaza goes, they're both equally overrated & mediocre to me....
  15. If you're going to bring a new bus route to a housing complex, you better be pretty sure that they're going to utilize it/have a need for it (similar issue with running the Q7 there).... I'm not gung-ho on splitting the Q27 anyway, but if it's going to run to some point south of Merrick, I'd rather send it to Green Acres over Rochdale.....
  16. Lol... I'm quite sure the good people of Bayside knows what a public bus is & whether or not they want service a] along Springfield Blvd & b] to SE Queens.
  17. It isn't about a "we don't do it right now", it's about a "what community is pushing for it".
  18. What a sad world we live in..... .....why this motorman is taking his time out to potentially show the world how diminutive his micro penis is, is beyond me.
  19. Which is unfortunate.... and farcical. The MTA has money for what it wants. from our good friends at the Norwood News: https://www.norwoodnews.org/id=29011&story=bus-redesign-plan-could-axe-norwood-routes-worrying-residents/ Bus Redesign Plan Could Axe Norwood Routes, Worrying Residents By MICHAEL TURAY The Metropolitan Transit Authority and its proposed Bronx Bus Network redesign plan could affect several Norwood bus lines, a move unseen in decades, and which could affect thousands of riders. The MTA’s draft plan to improve Bronx bus service released last month shows the Bx28 and the express BxM4, which run through Norwood, are expected to be rerouted, while the Bx38 would be eliminated altogether. In addition, the Bx30 will no longer travel to Norwood. Under the plan, the Bx28 won’t run through Mosholu Parkway and Paul Avenue respectively, which would make the Bx10 the only alternative for riders to Mosholu Parkway North. In total, 23 stops are proposed to be discontinued, with nine new stops being introduced. The proposed plan will also remove 15 of the 79 remaining stops for the line. This will cut the number of stops by 19 percent and “improve stop spacing to an average of 1,005 feet,” according to the report. The Bx38 is proposed to have all 49 stops eliminated, five of which run through Bainbridge Avenue in Norwood. The line begins on East 192nd Street and Valentine Avenue traveling all the way to Bay Plaza Mall in Co-op City. Many riders value the convenience of this bus line and don’t understand why it would be terminated. “You have 43,000 people ready to be affected if they cut this line. This proposal is madness, when you look at it, it’s really going to hurt Co-op [City] more than anybody else,” said Synthia Miller, as she stood outside of Montefiore Medical Center on Bainbridge Avenue waiting for the bus. The plan also proposes to eliminate BxM4 express service along Jerome and Bainbridge avenues. Riders will no longer get service between Katonah Avenue and East 237th Street in Woodlawn and the Grand Concourse and East 158th Street in Melrose. The bus will no longer run through the Grand Concourse and is proposed to be redirected onto the Major Deegan Expressway. In total, the line could have 30 of its 43 stops discontinued, with two of them being officially removed. The Bx30 is proposed to no longer travel into Norwood but instead would end at Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road. The last five stops are currently in Norwood, running from Bainbridge Avenue and East 210th Street through East 206th Street and Rochambeau Avenue. This would inconvenience riders heading for Norwood since they would have to transfer buses which would lengthen their travel time. In total the line could have 54 of its 91 stops discontinued, with eight of them being officially removed. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, whose district partially covers Norwood, criticized these suggested changes. In a letter to MTA president Andrew Byford, Dinowitz expressed his frustrations, writing “the draft plan appears to overly burden Norwood with service reductions and it is unclear whether frequency improvements will be sufficient to compensate for this loss in network coverage.” Dinowitz added, “The Bx10 is chronically plagued by bus bunching and unreliability and I believe it would be significantly overburdened by these changes. The plan proposes to eliminate BxM4 express bus service. There are simply not enough accessible subway stations throughout the city for disabled riders to use the subway instead of the BxM4.” The proposal aims to address several bus issues such as reliability, wait time, and traffic congestion, a move that aligns with the MTA’s impending Congestion Pricing Plan, which would charge vehicles a fee when they enter Manhattan south of 60th Street. The plan, which won’t be implemented until 2021, looks to reduce congestion and encourage Bronx residents to utilize other ways of transportation. While riders will have no choice but to rise to the occasion, they will no doubt be inconvenienced. The ridership of elderly and disabled travelers could be affected by these potential sudden changes. With limited options such as Access-a-Ride or an Uber, many fear the route alterations will overburden their commute. “They can’t get there on time, you call them at night in advance and they still show up late,” said a woman, who declined to be named, on her experience with Access-a-Ride. “These buses are very slow. Since I’m disabled, I usually take a cab to my doctor appointments, but I feel sorry for the people who have to take these buses, it’s ridiculous,” said Janet Farley, a rider on the Bx30 bus. The plan also aims to improve overall customer experience. The MTA wants to implement “real-time seat availability information to show how full the bus is via web and mobile applications,” according to the report. They also encourage riders to utilize One Metro New York (OMNY), their new tap-to-pay technology that would eventually eliminate all MetroCards in 2023. All of these facets look to expedite the bus boarding process for customers, one aspect that could help buses run smoothly. It’s a proposal Daniel Pearlstein, policy and communications director for Riders Alliance, a transit advocacy group, looks forward to. “As bus advocates, we’ve been pushing for a new system because right now what we’ve got is everybody has to board the bus up front, everybody has to dip their card which takes a bunch of time. We’re looking forward to a system of all-door boarding, where you can board and pay a fare at any door of the bus,” said Pearlstein. Opinions from the community will be vital for the final plan come September, MTA spokeswoman Amanda Kwan acknowledged. “There’s several rounds of community outreach during the entire process, including another round of open houses to gather public input on the proposed final plan when it’s released in September,” wrote Kwan. “After we review the public feedback on the final plan and make any changes, we will send the proposal to the MTA Board for approval,” she added. Residents can voice their opinions to the MTA in July. Bronx Community Board 8, which represents Kingsbridge, will host Byford for a “Community Conversation” on July 18 at IN-Tech Academy, located at 2975 Tibbett Ave. The public is encouraged to come out and discuss the Bronx Bus redesign from 7 to 9 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. On July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m., the MTA will also have personnel engage with community members using a street van set up on Broadway and West 231st Street.
  20. I think they're going to try to oversimplify the f*** out of Manhattan's network.... Unlike the other 4 boroughs, Manhattan's network operates on a quote-unquote perfect grid... They'll look at the network & conclude that there are way too many overlapping services for a grid network & go apeshit in consolidating and/or truncating everything.... One facet of the collateral damage I believe that'll result due to it, is not adding service to the remaining (or resultant) route along the oversimplified corridor, that would undergo some revocation of service.... An example would be, cutting back the M2, M3, and M4 to 110th from the north, to have the M1 be the 5th/Madison route - while maintaining current M1 frequencies. Another example would be discontinuing the M101 portion south of 125th (or even the portion east & south of 125th/Amsterdam) & discontinuing the M98 & M102 outright, to have the M103 be the 3rd/Lex route - while maintaining current M103 frequencies.... If I knew how to code tables on the forum here, I would do a quick lil something where I'd opine on what I think should be done to each Manhattan route, vs. what I think will ending up happening to each Manhattan route, upon the network redesign..... AFAIC, the M14 should run there regardless (too bad the space doesn't allow for it)... I mean, I don't have the hate for Abingdon that some have (personally, I'm more bothered by W. 18th/West as a bus terminal), but I do agree that M14's shouldn't really be ending there either....
  21. What I'm worried about is, even if the MTA does what you hope'll happen (more Bx23 service), I still think there's going to be this shunning of the Bx23... Guess what I'm getting at is, folks are still attached to the Qbx1.... That's something people in this city is going to have to get out of. While Houston is an example (Seattle & Austin are others I heard about), some of the other cities that simply underwent changes to its bus network (that are seeing increases on its buses) didn't have people having to make a choice between frequency & coverage... Let the MTA engage in this frequency vs. coverage bit with local buses across the boroughs & the current trend of decreasing ridership in this city will continue... Not solely due to that reason, but it will continue.... A network redesign here in this city is overdue, but it needs to be more one of reflecting the transit needs of today's times (eradicating antiquity), over, basically, robbing peter to pay paul with current bus service.....
  22. Sure.... and bus ridership will continue to wane nationwide, due to the implementation of this either-or ideology. I never really paid much attention to it, but I would like to know how many people in Co-op favor taking the bus to the [Dyre av line or the WPR line], over the Pelham line..... In theory, the Bx23 should be utilized more than it is, but there has to be some underlying reason that it isn't.....
  23. Yeah, but you're saying this like bus service with whatever finalized setup they concoct & implement, would definitively have it improve.... There's nothing saying that would happen, either... This isn't a [one-or-the-other] situation, it's a [damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't] situation... Why do you think the premise was to have riders choose if they valued frequency or coverage (or vice versa)? No commuter should have to be faced with such a question from any transportation provider.... The MTA is proposing these changes to save a buck, not for any rider benefit.... If a rider actually happens to benefit from any of their routing changes, then so be it.... What people & what customers along the M100 would these even be?

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