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  1. Whiny entitled people from a whiny entitled culture will always find something to whine and cry about. And the media benefits from people being pissed off, commenting angrily on articles, and refreshing the page to drive ad revenue, so it doesn't benefit them to talk about improvements or have people happy.
  2. This guy is so full of shit it's not even funny. 87 tickets for littering this year so far and you think doubling the fine is doing anything? But hey, anything for a good photo op...
  3. They have until you finish probation to complete it. If something comes up afterwards that you didn't tell them about, they will pull you from class (or the road) to address it, even terminating your employment if you lied..so tell the truth and be thorough. Non criminal disqualifications would include lying about anything on your application that isn't criminal...such as (for CR) faking graduating high school or a GED program, lying about any of your personal information, or otherwise misrepresenting anything about yourself (such as veteran's status) that determined your eligibility for a class. It can also include if anything comes up that you filled out in your application, such as parking tickets, etc. that weren't disclosed, but don't rise to the level of a criminal case.
  4. Anyone trying to work for city, state, or federal government in any capacity is subject to a full background check which includes unpaid tickets. Anyone who owes money to any US government is ineligible for appointment to any government position, regardless of whether or not a driver's license is required, until they pay off their debt.
  5. More window dressing to avoid the systemic causes of the shortcomings of today's system which have been 60 years in the making...
  6. Too much crying in general in today's society. Waah the train made me late. Always looking to blame somebody else. Yet the majority of TA employees have to be to work on time, and somehow they are. Adjust reality. This is the new normal until we alleviate congestion through better Real Estate policies or system expansion. Leave earlier and stop crying on Twitter. No one cares. You're an adult, get it done. "No Excuses, play like a Champion." Signed, The Conservative That Wants to Tax the Rich and the Dead.
  7. Just learn your signals, learn to control the train, and respect the yellows. It's not a hard job. Once you get past the signal exam there should be no excuse for losing your job as a T/O. Keep lineup cards on you in the beginning, eventually that too will become second nature. Too many people trying to be slick getting jammed up w/train control as T/O and getting into trouble. Just control the train and respect the yellows...it's not a hard job, once you pass the signal test.
  8. Something caused the BIE. Train crew needs to investigate AND determine it is safe to move before the train moves again. Possible causes (not T/O fault): -Pulled emergency brake (SMEE) -Person fell between cars (12-9) -Signal malfunction -Debris on track -Mechanical failure of train Each possible scenario needs to be carefully investigated before the train can safely move again.
  9. No one can answer that for you as hiring needs are fluid, and how many get called to fill a class depends on the how those called down for drug test & medical prove to be (ie if they still want the job, and if they do, can they pass the medical and pre-employment process). Hopefully you took the most recent T/O test also, so that if they don't get to you, you'll be on the next list (assuming you passed)
  10. All privatization will do is add exorbitant executive compensation (>1 million dollars per year) to fixed costs, plus the costs of actually turning a profit. It won't add any efficiency at all, contrary to popular belief. And everyone can pay $7 a fare, with express buses jumping to $15, and tolls on all MTA crossings close to doubling. When those price gouges promote a suitable level of executive bloat at the top like a private corporation, then the private company will look for more efficiencies to further grow executive pay and profits, like all American businesses, and then you will get inferior service to what even exists today, for these exorbitant costs. This will drive people to other forms of transportation which will magnify the problem, and create nightmare traffic and congestion on NYC streets far worse than today. Privatization is not the answer. The problem with Transit in NYC is: -the lack of political will for politicians to make grand improvements to the subway which is the most efficient means of moving people around -the lack of oversight by any of the "transit focused foundations" that assist in governance and setting policy - most of them are actually bike nazi groups, or hippie environmentalist groups in disguise, and are more concerned about penalizing car use than actually substantively improving transportation (multi-modally) in NYC -the lack of system expansion since the 1950s -the lack of dedicated funding for the MTA and the willingness of city and state government to encourage the MTA to borrow and pay interest instead of avoiding the high cost of interest by not having to borrow funds -wasted dollars on half measures like select bus service, or possibly sending the F express in Brooklyn that offer no substantive improvements to service, but don't treat the core condition (overcrowding) -Foolish real estate policies that encourage developers to build taller buildings in already densely populated areas where the infrastructure (not just transit - all infrastructure) is inadequate to support such a higher population, in exchange for overly generous tax breaks. -The lack of any policy to force developers who build mega projects to contribute towards a general fund to improve the infrastructure of these areas, including transportation. If that doesn't get treated, transit will always be crappy.
  11. Politicians only know how to do 3 things: -Whine -Point fingers -Enact half measures to make it look like they're doing something when they're really not. Check, check, and check. Remember who vetoed lock box legislation to prevent the state from raiding dedicated MTA payroll taxes from being stolen by the state to fix state budget issues (non MTA)? Remember who cut the MTA's share of state funding? Remember who "promised" billions in funding to the MTA, then turned around and told the MTA it was authorized to borrow that much and could pay interest to banks on it, rather than receiving money from the state that didn't require interest payments?
  12. It's not saying "the hell with this". A lot can't pass the training, and give up before the system would weed them out. Training is not easy and you have to apply yourself. Apply yourself for a few months and the reward is a career where the checks never bounce, with job security, with good healthcare, and with a pension at the end. Some people can't, or won't do that.
  13. If he was a contractor, he was not a TA employee, so I can't speak to that as his benefits would be whatever the contracting company offered. If he was a TA employee, he'd have fallen under Tier 1 if he started before 1973 and maintained his pension continuously from that time on (or bought back into Tier 1 after not doing so), or Tier 2 if not.
  14. The agency must consider all 1000 for promotion before they move onto the open competitive. It does NOT mean all 1000 will be hired, but Transit must consider them all before they consider the first Open Competitive. Transit (or any agency), by Civil Service Law, is allowed to disqualify people for various reasons, but it must offer employment (or promotion) to 1 of the next 3 candidates on every eligible list (1 in 3 rule...can't skip 3 in a row). Other factors can disqualify someone too - anyone with an open disciplinary or court case, for example, is ineligible for promotion. Also, many people decline the promotion, which doesn't count against Transit for purposes of the 1 in 3 rule. So the list moves fairly quickly. A class of, say, 40, may go through 50, 60, or even 70 names on the list. Once all 1000 promotionals have been considered, then the first Open Competitives will be called. Often, there is overlap, so it isn't uncommon for the last of the promotionals to be mixed in with the first of the Open Competitives, both in processing and once the class actually starts. Rest assured you have nothing to worry about if you scored high on the Open Competitive test. 1000 promotionals may sound like a lot, but the list goes very quickly. Remember, they're up to over 6000 on the current O/C list, and previously, most O/C lists went up to 3000-3500. The high scoring Open Competitives always get called.
  15. Pretty much this, which is why I've always advocated for the following: -First large capex to build redundancy and capacity into the system. New lines in crowded areas that parallel existing ones, as well as common sense transfers or connections where they don't presently exist. -Second, targeted shutdowns to modernize key interlocking plants, or tie in existing service to extensions, the impact of these on daily commuters being reduced due to the redundancy you created in #1 -Third, smarter housing and urban development policy at all levels of government that does not seek density at all costs and respects the historic character of neighorhoods without trying to turn everything into a series of luxury buildings overdeveloped with retail on the ground floor. Not every street in NYC has to become a mall. There is a critical mass of spending that once you reach it, businesses cannot support themselves anymore. Stop pushing this, and stop driving commercial traffic to formerly residential areas. Finally, bring back rent stabilization, and do not grant tax breaks to any developer who does not agree to regulated rents. Do not grant tax breaks to any building characterized as "luxury". This is housing for the rich, not for the masses. Redefine income limits for so called "affordable" housing to price in more middle class people (and less super poor), but reduce the monthly rents as they are exorbitant for the income levels that qualify for them. -Fourth, more frequent bus service, but with smaller buses (non-articulated, except on the most very crowded routes). Couple this with other common sense changes like I've discussed in other threads like putting bus stops in the center of blocks to avoid buses having to wait at intersections with green lights due to other buses ahead in the stop, or fully loaded buses with doors closed having to reopen for late arriving passengers because they are stuck at a red light in the bus stop. Space stops further apart (especially in Manhattan). Add more overnight service, which takes ridership away from ridesharing services and dollar vans that replace the buses that don't run overnight. -Fifth, regulate the app based car services somewhat to control the number of drivers. There are entirely too many cabs driving around in this city, and many are empty. -Sixth, do not allow vehicles with TLC plates designated as livery or cabs to park in street spots. Make them go in a garage. -Seventh, stop putting bike lanes everywhere and crack down on bike riders who violate traffic laws of any kind. Require some form of plates on all bikes so that ticketing can occur even if the biker leaves the scene. This will reduce unsafe behavior by bikes. Eliminate bike lanes on streets where they make no sense (Court St. in Brooklyn for example) to allow traffic to flow better in those areas. Taken together, this is how you create efficiency and begin to reduce the scope of delays.

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