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aemoreira81

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  1. Burned bus backs and dragging a mattress over a suspension bridge. Seen it, covered it. Talk to us at Farmers. We know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two!
  2. The Queens borough president at the time opposed it. But she's long gone! This would relieve traffic congestion at areas like Sutphin Boulevard, where I would even say that one crosswalk (on the south side) should be permanently fenced off.
  3. All express buses will be cashless. (This includes Academy buses on the SIM23/24.) The problem is: in Staten Island, there are only two places where one can add money to a MetroCard: St. George, and Eltingville Transit Center. The MTA has advised customers who use cash to consider an EasyPay Express MetroCard. If not for the move to OMNY, the MTA would probably treat the SIR as a subway route with turnstiles. This is the first step toward OMNY.
  4. Also posted in the revamping thread: B6 and B103 around Nostrand Junction: What about making Glenwood and Avenue H a one-way pair between Flatbush and Albany? Glenwood would be one-way eastbound and Avenue H one-way westbound. Anyone who rides the B6 or B103 knows that there can be a jam between New York and Flatbush, with that as a choke-point. With that, a left turn that lasts the entire red light at Flatbush and Glenwood would be possible. (Under this, the B11 would have its first stop to Sunset Park relocated to the B41 stop on that block.) Being one way would permit 2 through lanes of traffic; speed humps would be installed at various points to prevent speeding as well as a speed camera at Glenwood Road before Brooklyn Avenue (enforcing a school zone for St. Vincent Ferrer's school). On Avenue H, having 2 lanes would eliminate the traffic jam where New York Avenue dumps traffic onto Avenue H by having 2 through lanes instead of 1. Separately from that, I would add a B6 Limited stop at East 45 Street (the B103 had this recently added both ways) to serve Altice's payment center.
  5. In the outer boroughs, more one-way streets should be considered as well. Examples: Queens: Make Jamaica Avenue and Archer Avenue a one-way pair between Sutphin Boulevard and 168 Street (Brewer for Archer). 139 Street would become a one-way southbound street between Jamaica and Archer. 168 Street and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard would be northbound one-way between Jamaica and Archer. There would be 2 bus lanes, 1 car lane, and 1 truck delivery lane on Jamaica with deliveries allowed before 7 PM and between 10 AM and 3:30 PM, and the following pattern on Archer: Van Wyck to 146: Shared traffic, eastbound only. 146 Street to 150 Street: Curbside bus lane, 2 shared lanes, truck parking on north side, eastbound only. 150 Street to Parsons: Curbside layover zones on both sides (pickup zone after 153), offset bus lane, 2 lanes for cars (including a left turn-only lane for Parsons), eastbound only Parsons to 160: 2 lanes of shared traffic, bus lane for Q111/2/3/4 pickups, eastbound only 160 to Brewer: 2 shared lanes, eastbound only Brewer to 168: 2 way traffic Brooklyn: Make New York Avenue a one-way street on the northern segment the entire way (Avenue H to Fulton Street) with two exceptions: Foster Avenue to Clarendon Road (access to Flatbush Gardens) Linden Boulevard to Winthrop Street (to get around Kings County Hospital and SUNY Downstate) This would help improve speeds on the B44 Local. Make Kings Highway one-way eastbound between East 16 Street and Ocean Avenue (all traffic) and between East 13 Street and Ocean Parkway (except for B82 buses - arrangement similar to Glenwood Road bus lane, which has worked to reduce B6 and B82 running times by allowing a direct path to Rockaway Parkway ; that eliminated a circuitous loop on the B82 and reduced the B6 path from 8 turns to 4, with the first 2 turns directly being into the station). Deliveries would be encouraged before 10 AM by restricting parking on the southbound side between East 9 and East 13 to trucks only making deliveries. A rumination: what about making Glenwood and Avenue H a one-way pair between Flatbush and Albany? Glenwood would be one-way eastbound and Avenue H one-way westbound. Anyone who rides the B6 or B103 knows that there can be a jam between New York and Flatbush, with that as a choke-point. With that, a left turn that lasts the entire red light at Flatbush and Glenwood would be possible. (Under this, the B11 would have its first stop to Sunset Park relocated to the B41 stop on that block.) Being one way would permit 2 through lanes of traffic; speed humps would be installed at various points to prevent speeding as well as a speed camera at Glenwood Road before Brooklyn Avenue (enforcing a school zone for St. Vincent Ferrer's school). On Avenue H, having 2 lanes would eliminate the traffic jam where New York Avenue dumps traffic onto Avenue H by having 2 through lanes instead of 1.
  6. 4106 transferred from Kingsbridge to Flatbush. 6147 new to Flatbush. 7800 new to East New York.
  7. Except for Flatbush, every Brooklyn Division garage has gotten new local buses recently (FB is getting just for SBS). Gleason got 107 new CNGs (69 rigids, 38 artics) while the rest of Brooklyn Division is getting new blue and yellow local XD40s.
  8. Now they stop mid-way in the campus (admin loop), and the crowding problem has been largely resolved with headways no greater than 12 minutes (it used to be 30). I would also have to wonder about perhaps a B1X pattern, with the first stop being Brighton Beach. I would dispatch it like this during peak times: First B1: express to Brighton Beach, all stops afterward to Bay Ridge. Second B1: local to Bay Ridge Third B1: bypass KCC, start pickup at second stop. Also, CUNY needs to consider buying its own buses and then leasing them to one central contractor.
  9. Staying in Manhattan Beach: Just a rumination, but what about establishing a pre-payment station at the loop before Kingsborough? It would be used for all routes originating there, similar to the Orchard Beach bus terminal. Also, during peak times of class changes, as well as when Goldstein lets out, select buses should be told to start at the second stop to handle other Manhattan Beach ridership. Also, I have to wonder: might a seasonal B44 SBS branch make sense to relieve the B49, in particular? This would be an extension of several Avenue U short-turns. The season would be September to June, excluding the last week of the calendar year, with reduced service when only Goldstein is in session.
  10. When did Spring Creek get 2848? Also, East NY got 7798 and 7799 (today on the B82 and B84, respectively).
  11. 8551 ended up at Kingsbridge. 8555 was on the M100.
  12. Now when will there be a top-up OTR order to replace the final 35 or so 2002 MCIs (including the last bus inherited from the private lines)? The high-floor local buses are being retired fast, but the express buses also need to go...two of which are 18 years old.
  13. 7791 is now at East New York...it was my ride home on the B82 tonight.
  14. Some agencies try to extend the life of an articulated bus by replacing the joint at around 10 or 11.
  15. Curious: are any O7 CNGs still remaining, or are they all gone?
  16. The last time the MTA ordered a 96" bus was in 1980, and that wasn't intended for MTA service, but to be operated by the Avenue B and East Broadway Company, but they went out of business (their route was today's M9). That is also the only time. I'm actually surprised that New Flyer doesn't consider stretching the XD40 (and add a tag axle) for higher density routes that require frequency. Only in Los Angeles are there 45-foot low floor buses.
  17. Toronto tends to want 18-year lifespans for buses, and they don't get federal dollars from Ottawa. Their O5s were retired at 20, and CNG O5s were actually converted to diesel using powerplants from older buses to allow them to run to 20. I personally believed at the time that the 800 and 900-series C40LFs should have been converted to D40LFs and sent to MTA Bus primarily (so that O7s wouldn't have had to be sent there to retire the last RTS buses there).
  18. Do the remaining RTS buses have to go? Yes. However, IMO, it should be delayed (last bus retired) until the end of the spring pick.
  19. Narrows Road service: The SIM3C and SIM33 currently both serve Narrows Road. However, the SIM33C is a significantly longer route than the SIM3C, although the SIM33C has a longer span of service. Why can't the SIM33C be sped up so that the first dropoff/last pickup is at Slosson, at least until the early evening inbound when SIM3C service drops to hourly (that is, starting with the 5:15 PM departure from Mariners' Harbor until the last inbound departure of the service day)? The idea is to give each route a unique market. Also, what about a SIM4J that would replicate the old Red and Tan Route 144 that used to run between Jersey City and Staten Island, albeit with MC-9s and later RTS buses? The S89 would have its frequency reduced, but its hours of service could be expanded as a result, not unlike how the S93 has gone to a veritable shuttle service (headways no worse than 12 minutes), making the S89 a full-time weekday service. I'd propose 4 trips each way operated by Academy.
  20. This is where merging the TBTA Police with the rest of the MTA Police would also do wonders, creating one force that in addition to patrolling the railroads (SIR, LIRR, and Metro-North/CT Commuter Rail) could also be in plainclothes watching for farebeaters, with another mobile force cracking down on gypsy cab/van operations. TBTA can only patrol the bridges and tunnels, but many of their officers have been made redundant both with open-road tolling and the addition of state trooper patrols.. I have to wonder if there is a case for ATU 1056 to make with respect to the routes out of Jamaica Depot, or for TWU 100 to make about the Q111/3/4.
  21. Multiple reasons: Lack of enforcement by the NYPD has allowed dollar vans to fester out of control. The prevalence of dollar vans (nowadays almost exclusively cutaway vehicles) has taken ridership off of the B41. Runs get cut as a result of decreased ridership (but the demand is there as shown by the dollar vans). What I see needing to be done, in no particular order: Any XE60 buses should be dedicated to Flatbush Depot for the B41 (which would warrant it with stop and go traffic) for increased capacity. State Trooper/MTA Police crackdown on the dollar vans (since the NYPD won't do so) with a contracted towing company for impounding vehicles. Bergen Beach service would be designated B40 as a distinct route. Select Bus Service introduction to the B41 and an Eagle Team/MTA Police/State Trooper enforcement. (On the B82 SBS, some Eagle Team stops have resulted in as many as 12 people being removed from a bus for fare evasion.) Modifying the schedule for fare evasion as follows (bullet points) First offense: 50 times the base fare (currently that would be $137.50) Second offense: 100 times the base fare (currently that would be $275) Third offense: Class A misdemeanor (Section 165.15 of the NY State Penal Code). Checks due to the person could be intercepted to pay the fines. As for why I would want police enforcement---oftentimes, farebeaters are people committing other offenses. As for what route should be highlighted next, after the B41...I'd probably say the Bx9 or B15. Notice how the dollar vans have all but disappeared from Utica Avenue since SBS began.
  22. You can win or you can lose...but you can never tie! I hope the MTA saves the truck and plasters it on billboards throughout the service area for Operation Lifesaver ads. It's also a testament to how well these trains are built as there were no serious injuries to anyone on board the train (7 minor injuries); all the deaths were in the truck. How heavy a truck did this train hit to end up derailing? I would imagine that it had to be at least a Class 4 truck, but I'd reckon a Class 7 or 8.
  23. 7740 new to Fresh Pond. It doesn't have its permanent tags yet.

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