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East New York

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  1. It’s that time!!!! The all new Insider Guide @ TTMG is live and in effect! Myself along with @The Real have relaunched the iconic TTMG blog with a new flavor! You are are not ready for this! Standby for a string of exclusives, the way only we can do it! The roster has also been merged into the new platform as seen linked above! The Original Administrators are back!!! Welcome to the next gen of “Real news!” The new TTMG. “We Know Transit” Lets go!!!! http://ttmg.org/insidersguide
  2. Shoot me a message at followENY@gmail.com I would ask anyone who wants to follow me and this next major chapter in transit. Again I want to thank everyone. My inbox is “full” and I’m ready to make my public announcement. Effective immediately, I will be teaming up with @The Real to create an all new transit information platform that will be unrivaled anywhere in America. This blog will have the original transit enthusiast flare of TTMG, with a new fun way to introduce what’s going on within the industry. Remember the good old days of ENY’s NYCTF Breaking News Exclusives? Well expect that again, and even better! Combined, @The Real and @East New York know ever corner of the transit industry from top to bottom. I have consulted with every major component supplier, transit equipment manufacturing firm, and 47 of the top 100 transit agencies!! I do have receipts and references if anyone need them. So that was my big announcement. Yes, I am coming out of retirement within the next few days. I would again like to thank everyone who co tiniest to support, and I feel like I owe it to some of you to continue what I do, and advocate for better transit for the employees and customers alike. That being said, this will be my final post at NYCTF. If you be placed on the email list for information and invitation to the launch of the new blog, or to just get in contact with me in general, Please shoot me an email at followENY@gmail.com Anyone who recently sent me a PM, please email me there, tell me who you are and what your NYCTF handle is is you have one. I really look forward to this next chapter and want to again thank you all! Its definitely time for a Transit Media outlet for a “Fast Forward” Era. As MTA and other agencies around the country move to new technology, and old buses die, its time 2 of the greatest transit bloggers officially join forces. I mean let’s be honest, who’s gonna provide more accurate information on Transit than @The Real or Myself? Now together under one platform, will be a seamless experience that none of us are used to! I’m excited! I hope you all will join us! With all the new buses coming in and projects planned, you are are going to want to keep up! Bronx and Queens Bus redesigns are among the first topics. Again, please direct any comments, questions, concerns, and blog inquiries to followENY@gmail.com and don’t forget to let me know who you are! Everyone’s welcome!! -ENY out!
  3. I want to thank all of you for the overwhelming support from here and throughout social media. In light of that, and by popular demand I have decided to come out of my ever so brief retirement. I didn’t realize how many people actually still wanted me around. That being said, I have a MAJOR post coming soon that’s going to knock all your socks off!!!!! Stay Tuned! East New York is about to light it like I once did! Y’all are NOT gonna be ready for this one!!! 😁🔥
  4. Good afternoon fellas! After a long hard decision, I have decided to retire from NYCTF for multiple reasons. I’ve been extremely busy lately, and have a business to tend to. I will try to comment here and there and help out with information when and if I can. It’s been a great 11 years, and I want to thank everyone who helped and contributed to making this place what it is today. I did say long ago that I would retire when the RTS did. I guess that time has finally come!
  5. That’s off the table until buses are available. Seeing as FB’s assignment was reduced, those 14-15 buses will have to remain on the 46+ until buses come back from Bus Company.
  6. Flatbush units are all going to the Bronx now. Of course we need a mobile command center, and always will for emergency reasons. No they shouldn’t. We talked about this 100 times. All SBS service will be with will be new buses. Period. Actually DOB did rush to retire the OG CNG’s. Originally they were going to be repowered and retanked. I totally agree with the rest though. Give or take. CP/SC/WF do however have 100% standard CNG fleets. Anything else is loaners with the exception of WF these days. Original plans were for WF to be 100% CNG a few years back when they converted CP to all CNG. The future is all-Electric now.
  7. It may and likely will remain in local scheme. Not all of these are for SBS. Still at NFI
  8. Not until next year. Correct. EN will eventually come into the fold as well with the B15 and B82+. The 4700’s have been slated for Brooklyn for quite some time now. This again is in accordance to fleet uniformity. There’s no reason Grand should gets LFSA’s since we are supposed to be sticking to the current plan. Why do they have to wait? ENY already has an allotment that’s been planned for quite sometime. EN was the first planned depot ever for the 4700’s in Brooklyn after leaving the Bronx. Thats not going to happen unless the contract is modified. The infrastructure is at Quill and we aren’t getting any addition in-route chargers until the leased ones are returned. At that point they could theoretically go anywhere as long as MTA orders some for another location. Trial period? Not sure what you are talking about. These are production buses that are going to Quill. 1 or 2 of them will travel throughout all 5 boroughs completing cycle and route testing. Every depot with an artic or pending artic ops will get a visit.
  9. Yes the 4700’s were always bound for Brooklyn due to Fleet uniformity. The timeline however has changed 19 times. GA was under review for arrive and LFSA’s just doesn’t make any sense at all. If the plan is to move them from Brooklyn anyway, why in the hell they would go to Grand was beyond me. Looks like we are back to what things should be. As I said 3 years ago, I expect every last 4700 series bus to end up in BK.
  10. Quill doesn’t feel that it really matters, and because of their mostly optic ops, it’s much easier to use what’s next on the run line, and as mentioned about they are loosing buses now to WF, and I’m being told some will go to FB when they get new XD60’s
  11. In addition to the above, Quill has no problem running SBS buses on the line, so that isn’t even a factor for them. Even saw one on the M14 yesterday. Ive been on the M35 many times, most were crush loaded artic runs. There is a lot going on but as @Cait Sith said it’s quite obvious that many people are just looking at maps. There’s lots of traffic out to the island and little do you all know everyone fare beaters are of all classes. From professionals to other employees that work at various places on the island. Not just the homeless. Hell they will even put in change most times while someone who’s working at the homeless shelter they go to get in the back.
  12. Here and there a few of the hybrids that roofline ads that don’t have the Hybrid titles. No it’s not a mistake, the newer CNG’s now have the new L9N NZ. Essentially is the exact same engine as the standard L9 now, only optimized for gas.
  13. We have several conflicting stories about these mystery XD40’s, and I should have details soon. We don’t have any more options and the only order possibly pending is for MTA Bus. Is this is expedited then it would make sense, however it’s not adding up right now. Deployment hasn’t changed as of today, yet a mystery 7851-7905 are officially registers as pending. Interestingly enough they show as 2018’s whereas and the batch before those are listed as 2019’s.
  14. The XDE order has actually been complete for a while now actually. 1 of each version were audit configuration buses. They were for Zerega and NFI. This signals what’s coming in a post I will soon be making about the hybrid order which is now pending, along with the express order, and expedited MTA Bus standard order that may be in the works earlier than planned. I just passed 6141 as well. FB may actually be getting a few more of the older ones from Quill to make up for the loss of new buses. More to come in Fleet & Depots this evening.
  15. On the details now, with updates coming to the first page.
  16. Don’t forget Arizona. I made a mistake and realized I typed Florida in my post. That was an error. Arizona and LA have them actually. As I said previously, there was no major business case for the bus therefore no need for NFI to even think about considering it. Adding a tag to a Xcelsior wouldn’t work anyway unless the buses went back to all-steel. It’s not durable enough, nor would it be worth the development money. It would not sell very well at all, and you would have an extra long rear section and 2 axels would now have to sit under the floor. The Xcelsior touts it’s fuel efficiency and a 2-axel would have all but killed that. In addition to all that, another reason it was never considered (other than not being efficient in any way) is because NFI has wanted MCI for years. They have wanted them since the D45HF was continued. It just wasn’t public knowledge. Hence the next gen D4500 now basically having a tradition NFI designation. D45 CRT and D45 CRT/LE
  17. Correct. The costs kept going up, composites were not cheap at all then, and things just started to unravel. They wanted NABI to take weight out the rear end also which caused the price to rise significantly. I still have yet to ride one, but I will try to catch a few in LA before they retire. I totally forgot NJT was in the mix. Thanks for the reminder!
  18. Has nothing to do with training. Quill had 9 different bus models when the XDE’s were there. It’s all about parts and logistics. When you group buses together you save on parts and maintenance costs by having common buses at a Depot. You don’t need to stock as many parts, have as many training procedures This is 100% false. Every single word of it. Did you just make this shit up as you typed it? Smfh. You really need to stop with the inaccurate information like right now. This is NOT the first time and you are now starting to piss me off royally. What the heck does the width of some street or lack there of have to do with where the buses are assigned. Every heavy-duty transit in America (as well as express buses) are now offered in 102 inch widths ONLY. Not sure why some of you continue to think that some buses are wider than others when they are ALL the same, and have been here in NY since before you were born. This is your FINAL warning, and I am most certain you do NOT want to take me to the next level. See above. Overall, Brooklyn doesn’t want them and when I submitted my maintenance proposal to MTA they decided my plan was best and would be implemented immediately. Many people don’t like the way it has gone, but it makes sense for more reasons than one. That is why CS and FB lost and are looking the LFSA’s for XD60’s. Now they will have a common fleet that shared common parts. Operators did not like the visibility, hence MTA basically forcing Nova to come out with a new model or risk loosing orders. Many ops however continue to complain about visibility in the curbside of the bus. To a lesser extent, The LFS does not hold as many people as an Xcelsior which was also mentioned above. It was deemed that they would not be good for routes like the B6, which has remained heavily RTS even after all the Xcelsiors have come in. Another reason MTA worked with nova to change the seating arrangement and add more capacity. The LFSA’s will be left where they are and there will be small overlaps as the years go on and NFI equipment outnumbers Nova equipment. For example you have a Depot like JA that has a split fleet. When the hybrids come in, assignments for those too will be based on the type selected. The order will either be for all XDE40, or split with a few LFS Hybrids in there. If it goes all New Flyer, KB, GH, And QV will also become split ops depots. If it is a split award (that by the way is now in final deception and due at the end of this month) the assignments will be similar to what they are now. SI will be the only division that will not get any. They will transition straight into electric, and dual Artic/electric duty-cycle testing will begin in SI soon after all the XE60’s are delivered and integrated into the system. ***NOTICE TO ALL Members/Users This is NOT a fleet discussion thread. The staff here has continued to ask you all over and over again to move these discussions to Fleet and Depots if they are fleet questions, or Random Bus Thoughts if they are just general statements. Effective immediately, I’m going back to deleting posts from this thread, so if you don’t see it and it wasn’t moved then it was removed. Newer member get a pass, veteran member will now be suspended for a day. Do it again, 2 days... etc.....
  19. They don’t really have a solid plan, and at this point Ulmer has to get something. They are going to have to shift more XD40’s from somewhere to Ulmer because the next batch of buses they are slated to get are XDE40’s and those are next year. Retirement was slated for the end of the year and for about 25 to still remain in January of 2020. Now how all of a sudden we have enough buses when we DONT even have enough for West Farms and Spring Creak is a mystery. About 30 buses short right now. True, during the summer we won’t need as many, but in the meanwhile, I don’t see this turning out well. Seeing as MTA didn’t plan on retiring the RTS this early, there were no additional assignments made to include FB. Once the LFS hit the island there will be 82 NG’s to spread around where needed. Flatbush, and Manhattanville seem like the likely candidates, which could then bump a few 2015 XD’s over to Flatbush. Then they would just have to wait till they get XDE40’s in the future. GA has to train on them, service patters and route testing has to be completed. Buses aren’t just going to start flooding GA until it’s time for artic implementation. TA would rather have XD60’s at Grand anyway, so this is why they were considering artic implementation now versus SBD since they want all new SBS buses on the line. However, there is room to move some so Grand after the TA buses come back from Bus Co.
  20. OMG I could kick myself in the face...... I just missed my bus, and it was 5119 😩 Oh well. 7565 will do. These new XD40’s are the truth! The take-off!!!! 🤤 It’s kinda bittersweet looking at the “Test Your Bus IQ” on the info screen in this bus.... I always wait for the RTS to pop up. 😫😪 There are a few reason, but I’m glad you asked because it’s an interesting story. There are a lot of restrictions, and an agency like NJT for example could not take them because they have a rear axle weight limit. Note, this is why NJT NABI’s have a smaller rear ended and they were basically custom made. To this day the directors of maintenance, procurement and bus ops said they wished they had gone with the RTS. Crazy thing, this was my favorite NABI product to date, however they could not make a business case for it. It was too far ahead of its time. It was made out of composite materials very similar to that of the Boeing 787 and future 797. Many agencies were not sure of how they would hold up. In my personal opinion, this is the one NABI bus MTA should have gone for. U fortunately at the time, NABI refused to work with the MTA as did Gillig. Outside of LA and Florida, the 45C never made a huge splash. A possible saving grace was when CTA showed interest and ordered 1 Bus with options for an additional 24. NABI then tried to secure more orders following the delivery of the CTA pilot. However there was no major interest, which forced them to close the line, and leaving CTA without remaining option availability. They returned the pilot which they had actually accepted as there was no longer a need for it if NABI could not afford to produce the rest. This also made CTA uncertain of the future for the line and chose not to commit to anything more than 24.
  21. Many agencies that are small have never really needed anything more than a narrow body. Quite a few agencies carry small loads that don’t require wide-body buses. Burlington, VT for example ONLY ordered RTS buses in 96 inch models no matter the length. Chicago had narrow-body buses so they could better fit on roads under elevated track. As far as 45 foot buses go, there has only been one manufacturer, and there’s no market for it. Surprisingly there wasn’t really a market for it when it was available. MTA doesn’t like to use buses that would be restricted to certain depots or routes. So basically is the rationale for not using them is the fact that they aren’t available, and MTA did NOT purchase anything from NABI, and never would have. The MTA however was once interested in the 42.5 foot RTS Extreme BRT, and that bus could have run out of any depot on any standard line.
  22. No problem at all @UTC Bus Roster I was actually born in 1983 lol. I’ve been following your roster since I had the internet sometime in the mid 90’s if I recall correctly. You had meeting and slideshows I remember, and it was the most accurate roster available. There were no forums, no roster databases within the MTA to look up. It was by sight and if you were like me and lived in bus depots Dispatch would let you know what they had. This generation doesn’t realize how blessed they
  23. Grand also maintains and paints hybrids as well. Technically that is a New Flyer product now, but as I mentioned a while back before they got there XD60’s that everything would rotate through grand for evaluation purposes. Theoretically they can maintain anything. EN is usually tied up with NG’s and OG Brooklyn and Bus company most times. Most of JFK’s NG’s go to EN so if EN is full a bus can be maintained at Grand. Anything major I should likely to go to EN.

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