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Kriston Lewis

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  1. So it looks at if there are extra B68 trips running between Neptune Av/Brighton Beach station and what I assume is the Ditmas Av station on the weekends to replace train service. I have counted at least four buses make the right from Cortelyou Road onto CIA. Either that or I’ve had too many drinks.
  2. Seems they're going to keep that going on the new site. I hope eventually they'll do something similar to the CTA where there's a detailed page or info for each stop. Like where to find a staffed token booth for example.
  3. The MTA has been updating the list of stops for each line that they have on their website.
  4. There are new programs. The B103 northbound now reads “CADMAN PLAZA” instead of “TILLARY ST” and the B1 apparently lost “via 86 ST”.
  5. Not bad for a line they launched with pretty much no promotion or notice.
  6. A BM3 just rolled by on the way to Manhattan, service is actually running.
  7. New timetables for the B91/92, M14, the and the have been uploaded to the MTA site, but for some reason the and timetables haven’t been updated.
  8. The reason I suggested going via the East Village is that it keeps all the current stops in Downtown and Midtown. Uptown buses would follow the M15 from Pearl Street up to 23rd Street and then the old route to 57th Street. Downtown, follow the the M15 from 23rd Street to Pearl Street. Rush hours, the current Downtown Loop buses would be extended to Madison Square Park and the midtown super expresses would continue to use the FDR Drive directly to and from 23rd Street. Sending them via Church Street/Broadway is good too.
  9. I’ve thought about that too. Seasonal BxM8 off peak service to City Island would also be a hit. In the past, Command allowed travel between Midtown and Downtown at a reduced fare in order to fill seats. That practice ended with the MTA takeover. Problems with express service have nothing to do with closed-door service or different equipment. Other cities with express service have similar setups. The issue is that the buses may not be useful outside rush hours which make them empty, unproductive and expensive to run. They might be good for going to work, but what about weekend shopping? Museum visits? Dining? Bars? Nightlife? Beaches? The Bronx expresses get it right in this department and they carry because of this. They’re popular because you can take them to work, but also to a museum, the park, bars, the zoo and almost everything else mentioned above. The opposite end of this are the BMs. I love taking them, but even I can admit it can be better. Peak ridership is strong, but apart from some Fifth Avenue shopping, there isn’t much of a reason to take them off peak. There’s a small but dedicated core ridership who take them because they do not want to or cannot take the subway. Maybe running off-peak service through the East Village along First and Second Avenues instead of the FDR Drive would entice people to use the service for non work trips. Plus, it would be a new market for express bus service. Heck, follow the X27/28 via Sixth Avenue and you’d still hit NYU, Union Square and nightlife activity. Case in point, whenever the is suspended, everyone and their mother in Flatbush and Midwood mobs the express bus. The hoards of young professionals moving in are up for paying more to get around. They’re willing to take the bus if it goes where they want it to conveniently. Solve that and ridership will go up.
  10. I’m on the BM3 heading into the city. We just left Ocean Parkway and it looks like rush hour on this bus, we’re 85% full. I take it everyone else is avoiding the Q shuttle.
  11. There's an overhead A-G sign at the far end of the southbound platform at Clinton-Washington Avs.
  12. I watched some leaked footage and found that: *There are wayside signals along the railroad tracks. *The transit agency is called Los Santos Transit, and the agency's tagline is "Catch The Arrow". No idea what joke Rockstar is making there. *Buses have actual passengers, I've yet to confirm if you can use them as a passenger. *And yes, you will love the train sounds. *There is at least one closed light rail station (Pillbox North). Perhaps. A fare was charged whenever you took the Liberty City Subway.
  13. I took it again this evening. Worked out well, in fact one of the other riders greeted me with saying "You're back!". I guess expresses have some camaraderie attached with them. I'll be living there starting Tuesday. This evening, there was a conga line of about 6-8 buses on layover at Kings Highway. Saw a couple this evening that were packed also, although there was still some room in the back. That's a problem with the low floors in general.
  14. Geez, take it easy, you two. I was responding about there not being 20-somethings at all on expresses.
  15. I would think there's at least one or two of them on the Staten Island expresses. Y'know gym, tan, laundry... The only time I've taken it was during the evening rush hour. The bus was sparsely crowded since one had already passed about 15 minutes before. It was a quiet uneventful ride. Eh, I take the B25 on a regular basis. I'm used to the elderly. It's weird that no matter the line, they always seem to end up next to or near me, no matter how crowded or empty the bus is. In fact, I've been told once that the reason that someone sat next to me is because "I'm non threatening" and a "nice young man".
  16. Work is on the West Side, but I don't mind walking to/from Eighth Avenue, exercise is good! That one time I took it there wasn't any horrendous traffic on the expressway or FDR Drive. I wonder because I always hear about Jamie Shupak warning about backups on the Gowanus in the mornings. Yes, I will be around Kings Highway (that is if all goes as planned). Would that mean I'd always have a seat during the AM peak? He's on Kings Highway.
  17. There's a good possibility that I'll be moving to Midwood soon. I hate to be one of those posters, but I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on the BM3 since I've only taken it once (can't really get a fair idea that way). 80% of the time I'll take the or to work, but I was wondering if the BM3 could serve a decent alternative every now and then.
  18. Express buses are operating tomorrow according to NY1 and the MTA's Twitter. Routes from Staten Island and Brooklyn are likely going to be diverted over the Manhattan Bridge and Queens service will likely operate over the Ed Koch-59th Street Bridge.
  19. If there's someone with a brain in charge, there will probably be a modified service plan to move the greatest amount of people. I would think emphasis would be placed on corridors that parallel subway lines. (M101, B25, Q60, Q32, etc).
  20. Cuomo announced that buses are resuming on a Sunday schedule and fare-free (until further notice) as of 5pm today. Full service tomorrow.
  21. If there is a shutdown of service, it will happen gradually between 7pm Sunday evening and 3am Monday morning, according to a state press conference.
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