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  1. On 8/9/2020 at 2:48 PM, B35 via Church said:

    This post is all over the place.... What does the M60 & the Q47 running to Marine Air Term. have to do with the Q70 (which doesn't serve that part of the airport) running artics?

    The idea is that the Q47 can't support everyone trying to get to and from the B6 (airline) terminal when it's actually functioning again.


  2. On 8/6/2020 at 9:42 PM, B35 via Church said:

    I have two 2-part questions for y'all here:

    1] What was the longest unlinked trip you've ever endured on any MTA bus route? (express or local, doesn't matter)

    • If you can remember, what bus route was it & what were the circumstances behind it?

    2] What's the most amount of modes (you can include rail transit) you've ever used to complete one linked trip within the city for a commute? (Do not include joyrides/fantrips)

    • ...of those unlinked trips, how many of them included buses?

     

    1. The longest unlinked trip for me was the Q44 Limited...

    2. Related to the first, all on buses, trying to get home from White Plains (also on a bus). After getting off the Bee Line 3, I then used the Bx9 to the Q44 to the Q56. This was during the 2003 blackout...and I eventually got a ride from the Q56 home to a residence with lights and air conditioning.

    It's during the blackouts that one really realizes how crucial the surface transit network is.


    BTW, fun fact...Alexander's still owns the site of its flagship store and is a pretty expensive stock these days per share, but has not rung up a retail sale since 1992 (after closing the stores, Alexander's was able to emerge from bankruptcy).


  3. On the Q70, the no standing rules really need to be enforced so that two Q70 buses can easily fit in the stand on Woodside. Oftentimes, I see a Q70 needing to park at the 63 Street Q18 stop for lack of room.

    Also, with B6 (the airline jetBlue, not the route) unlikely to leave the Marine Air Terminal, is there a need for a less-frequent shuttle just going to Terminal A? Keep in mind that previosuly, there were 12 rigids covering the Q70, and now there are 13 articulated buses. A caveat now is that B6 hardly has any operations now at Marine Air as there are only 1-3 flights each day there...with a plane that may sit for a few days before flying again, but when short-haul can return to normal, those six gates at Marine Air (Terminal A) will be busy, and as such, I would wonder if it's necessary to have two buses operating only Woodside to Terminal A

    Currently, the maximum amount of buses needed for the Q70 SBS is 9 (accounting for delays). Also, this would not be needed now, but when traffic from LGA returns to near normal, I do see the need for 2 buses to run just to Terminal A.


  4. On 8/4/2020 at 8:37 AM, Gotham Bus Co. said:

     

    Does this mean that SBS itself may be phased out?

    With OMNY and all-door boarding, there may be no need for Select Bus Service down the line since the OMNY device can be used at every door. The SBS wrap should be replaced with the regular livery. The blue sign can remain or Select can revert to Limited.

    What would be interesting is if the LFSAs with luggage racks may get a special livery similar to what 6274-6286 have.

    Also, where does the Bx99 go to turn around? Do buses have to go all the way up to McLean Avenue in Yonkers to relay?

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  5. Just now, paulrivera said:

    I'm fairly certain those trains are running light above ground where possible, but they absolutely wont be carrying passengers.

    Except for the (1) over Manhattan Valley, but bypassing 125 Street. As for winds, JFK Airport was reporting hurricane-force gusts...which prompted this decision.

    Also, because of a signal malfunction, the (G) isn't running south of Bedford-Nostrand.


  6. The (Q) could at least run to Whitehall. As for the (N), that could be suspended with (R) running instead (existing (N) on the road converted to (R) service). To end at 59 Street requires a relay outdoors.

    As for the (D), that can run to 2 Avenue.

    Also, the (1) is starting and ending at 191 Street, bypassing 125 Street, and the last stop outbound for (L) trains is Myrtle-Wyckoff.


  7. I could see just the express buses being ordered, as those buses need to be replaced (along with a top-up order to replace all of the 3000-3474 batch of MCI buses). The 4300-4329 batch (28 buses remaining) could then be sent to either LaGuardia or Far Rockaway (each garage has only rush hour service assigned). The local buses will have to wait a bit longer.


  8. 10 minutes ago, MHV9218 said:

    Seeing the signs going up for the M99. Via 6th Ave. Why anybody would need to go northbound to the 42nd St. Pier at midnight is beyond me, but they're doing it.

    Looks like a convenient place to turn the bus around, and also extremely close to MJQ Depot. That said, I do agree as to why it doesn't just run with the B99 service...and there is still a gap in upper Manhattan.


  9. I would make one minor change to the Bx99 route, at the northern end. Have it turn off Jerome Avenue at Van Cortlandt Avenue, and then run it via Van Cortlandt and Bainbridge to directly serve Montefiore/North Bronx Central, replacing the Mosholu Parkway stop with the front door of Montefiore, where a transfer can be done between the routes serving the northeast Bronx. (This is in addition to the BxM4, unless the Bx99 would replace it.)

    Also, there should be a north-south route replacing the (1) each night...I would call it the Bx98 operating straight up and down Broadway from 59 to 242 (no deviations), making subway stops plus GW Bridge Bus Terminal. This would replace the M104.


  10. 1 hour ago, Cait Sith said:

    And seeing how pro-cop the Island is, you'd think there would be some sort of activity with them trying to find the person in question. Ever since the protests started and the whole defund the police movement began, the NYPD started caring even less about things that happen within transit, and I feel like that's going to continue for a long time.

    That is why I actually suggested the MTA try to find the suspect themselves, without NYPD assistance. With the way things will be at the NYPD, the MTA will need to be more DIY in terms of protection of its property and revenue. For instance, there have been MTA Police at places where they would never be seen before and where the NYPD used to be, like the Rockaway Parkway Intermodal Center.

    The real issue may be that the MTA Police may not be trained in undercover operations as well as the NYPD is. However, at the same time, the MTA Police tends to get a lot of hires from the NYPD's Transit Bureau.


  11. 36 minutes ago, Cait Sith said:

    Shouldn't your question be, why doesn't the NYPD assign plainclothes police officers to ride the buses?

    In 2017, I would have asked that about the NYPD. However, with Andrew Cuomo growing the MTA Police force, and also having state troopers patrolling within city limits, this operation could be run independently of the NYC Police...using MTA Police and state troopers.


  12. The issue is significant enough to warrant its own thread. For a while, the S51, S52, S74, S76, and S78 (and relevant related Limited-Stop buses) were detoured completely away from Stapleton, cutting the area off from bus service completely. Today, the S52, S74 (northbound only) and S78 remain on detour...until further notice. This is because of 7 incidents in 9 days between June 17 and June 25, culminating with a driver being injured by a trash can thrown at a bus. The S51, southbound S74, and S76 have since been restored, but the S52 and S78 remain on detour with no service on Tompkins Avenue or Targee Street north of Vanderbilt Avenue (including the portion of Van Duzer Street into which Targee Street flows) (detours via Bay Street instead).

    A paratransit bus was also hit on July 16. The police believe that all 8 incidents were done by the same person. All of the incidents are in the vicinity of the Stapleton Houses.

    https://www.silive.com/news/2020/07/an-entire-community-is-being-denied-bus-service-mta-detours-buses-in-stapleton-for-a-month-after-vandalism.html

    What I don't get is: why doesn't the MTA assign plainclothes police officers to ride the buses that pass in the vicinity of the Stapleton Houses to catch this perp?

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  13. On 7/18/2020 at 1:36 PM, Kris Brain said:

    I know this is only, but I do fine this tread interesting. IIRC, The 1994-1995 and 1996 Orion V diesels were having rusting issues, so bad that the buses themselves were falling apart and were therefore no longer roadworthy. That was why as soon as the 2009 Orion VII NG hybrids got delivered in the Bronx especially during the spring and summer of that year, the most of the 1993-1996 Orion Vs went bye bye. The 1994-1995 CNG units that were out of Jackie Gleason depot in Brooklyn at the time did alot better considering that JG had decent maintenance and didn't run them as hard as their diesel counterparts in other Boroughs. However, the 2010 doomsday cuts nearly did them in until it was decided to give them to MTA bus company for awhile, but came the end of September, they were sadly retired for good without any replacements as the new C40LFs would not arrive for another year.

    The 1994-95 CNG O5s had expiring tanks and had to be retired. As for replacements, did Gleason get additional O7 CNGs in the interim, while West Farms got diesel buses?


  14. I have to wonder if a shortened version of the B37 is warranted---not going all the way to Barclays. I would propose it as follows:

    Northbound: start at the VA Hospital, then operate via 7 Avenue, 92 Street, 4/5 Avenues, Marine Avenue and 3 Avenue in Bay Ridge to 65 Street. But instead of continuing along  3 Avenue, the bus would then operate via 2 Avenue, to serve NYU Brooklyn, the industrial area along 2 Avenue and all of Industry City to Liberty View and the prison, running along 2 Avenue to the end of the street at 29 Street, looping around, and ultimately terminating at 36 Street (D)(N)(R).

    Two subway intersections: 36 Street, and 95 Street (R).


  15. 3 minutes ago, B35 via Church said:

    While I believe such a market exists for a service to EWR (which I do believe Brooklynites would take advantage of btw), I don't see the necessity for it to be an express service.... Fixed route open-door locals tend to be more attractive when we're talking about serving a major airport...

    Now if we were to talk about having an SI route serve both [Jersey Gardens] & [EWR], then we could perhaps talk about coach buses....

    I'd want no part of NJT running a SI - EWR route..... I'm more inclined to agree with CheckmateChamp with perhaps running the S98 there... I simply think there's more potential with folks paying a flat $2.75, compared to a possible 3 zone ($4.50) or 4 zone ($6.00) zone interstate route fare..... Let NJT continue to focus its efforts on serving NJ residents (primarily) with the #62 to/from EWR.....

    Weekend service would be via both; I don't see justification for weekday service to The Mills at Jersey Gardens outside of the Christmas shopping season. What forces it to be express is that, at least for now, one cannot use coins on the Prevost and MCI fleet, but there are OMNY readers. When there are more options, such as fixed-time passes, that can change. Also, there is no local bus that's capped at a speed fast enough to serve EWR from Staten Island.

    My post said a number at first because I initially considered separate service to Jersey Gardens, but then thought that there would be little weekday ridership there outside of the Christmas season (when there are normally transatlantic shopping trips there, usually on Jet2).


  16. On 7/4/2020 at 12:47 PM, lara8710 said:

    With Staten Island being the closest of the five boroughs to Newark Airport, I wonder why the S98 Limited hasn't been extended to serve it. Could it be because there's not enough potential demandd? That'smy guess.

    I think the route needs to originate from ETC...and use OTR coaches. There is definitely a market for it. I would actually have a number of routes.

    • SiM40: Newark Liberty Airport, hourly from 0600 to 2200 (ETC departure)...following the SiM4(C) up to Bulls Head and making SiM4C stops. Weekends, the route would be via Jersey Gardens before Newark Airport.

    Via Richmond Avenue and Drumgoole Road, starting at Victory Boulevard:

    • SiM50:  Richmond & Forest to Metropark, peak direction only, 6 trips each way.
    • SiM51: Richmond and Forest to Raritan Center, peak direction only, 4 trips each way.

    Local service to New Jersey: (This would require the cap on all SI Division local buses to be raised to 45 mph minimum.)

    • S47: St. George Ferry Terminal via Forest Avenue to Elizabeth (Broad Street station) via Bayway Avenue and South Broad Street, weekdays 0600 to 2000 and Saturdays 0800 to 1800 (no Sunday service). Some trips would start from the Ferry, but reliefs and most run-offs would be from Willowbrook Road. The final trips from New Jersey would drop out at Willowbrook Road and return to Castleton Depot.
    • S56: Reroute from Tottenville High School to Perth Amboy  (school trippers and some weekday AM short-turns would still run to/from Tottenville HS skipping Seguine Avenue). Instead of operating via Seguine and Hylan (which the S55 serves), the bus would continue west along Amboy Road, Page and Boscombe Avenues, and Bricktown Mall, and operate in Perth Amboy along Amboy and New Brunswick Avenues.

    It is very possible that the SiM50, SiM51, and S56 could all be contracted, possibly to Academy, which has a garage in Perth Amboy. 


  17. On 7/3/2020 at 4:33 AM, BreeddekalbL said:

    There is no way that artics would work in si, like the tight streets, hell I don't even think any of the depots ok maybe Charleston can take them

    I actually see Yukon as more likely...for the St. George to Matrix Park route (I won't call it the S40 as it won't work running on the Terrace), the S79, and the S93 (S93 in a W pattern with the S79). The S93 would have the B1 rationale for articulated bus usage...need for up-gauging.

    Also why I see Yukon as more likely...Arthur Kill Road isn't exactly wide by Charleston Depot, while Yukon and Independence Avenues are unusually wide for short streets by the Yukon Depot. I do see another articulated bus order coming, but by the time this happens, OMNY will be systemwide and there will be no need for front door-only boarding on any route. Yukon would probably need somewhere around 60 LFS articulated buses.

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