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  1. Definitely in the right direction. Id describe it as a Subway service that happens to have scattered Rail services. National Rail (a consortium of operators) handle most commuter rail services.
  2. The Essential Service Plan will reduce subway service ~35% daily. Halving LIRR/MNR Service.
  3. 3 doors and 3 stairwells? These things probably have equal or less seats than the present single-floor M7's.
  4. Putting money into a police force instead of towards system reliability is the point I'm getting at. Moreover, I'm sure the crew did everything to the letter, however, it's strange to me a single faulty light can cause hours-long delays. I get the light could have went out at any other time, but I'm kind of over the 'things happen' response while they earmark money for additional police and while folks struggle with delays like this on daily basis. Different stroke for different folks I guess. "Feinberg consistently claimed that the hiring spree would not amount to a fare beating crackdown, despite the agency's own internal statements indicating otherwise. She frequently sparred with opponents of the plan, saying anyone doubting the need to spend $249 million on new subway cops needed a "reality check." Here is where I made the connection.
  5. I'm still trying to wrap my head around how "cracking down on fare evasion" is a priority, meanwhile a faulty indicator light can lead to a complete meltdown of the L. Bizarro-land.
  6. This is a trash bag of a policy and the type of knee jerk reaction that gets people riled up over $15. To tell a passenger that some blind system can deem their ticket invalid and that they need to purchase another ticket is absurd--especially if this process is done with a random selection of passengers. I honestly feel bad for the conductors who have deal with brunt of hostility this change will create. Stuff like this makes me want to leave NY.
  7. Hopefully all went well!
  8. https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/yonkers/2020/01/10/yonkers-mta-bus-garage-waterfront/4424568002/ I wonder if there are lots large enough and near enough to the Bronx/Yonkers border that can house this depot
  9. This is part of the reason why I said implementing such a gross change like this will need a cultural shift. In cities that have tap stations as opposed to fare gates usually utilize full-fare fines. The TfL is a good example of this, if you miss a tap, you're charged the full fare from your entry point. Our fare structure doesn't completely support that model, additionally people will need time to adjust to something like that. Speaking of, MNRR put gate collection into effect New Year's morning for outbound trains (I personally hated that experience; they literally denied entry to any trains 3 minutes before departure) and it caused the same bottle necks we're discussing, even with 4 conductors validating tickets.
  10. ...or....the technology is cheap enough to warrant the LCD's, especially if you want to ever want to upgrade the displays to read beyond "GO". sounds like a solid move from my perspective.
  11. I'd be very surprised if they were to bring a tap on/off system to the commuter rails. In my personal opinion it would take a huge cultural shift. Additionally, considering the amalgam that is Penn Station, a tap system would need to cooperate with the other operators as a handful of tracks/platforms are shared. One of the reasons I see this system is successful in the UK is because: 1.-All the National Rail services are private operated. We all know how rail services are treated when it's handled by our government. 2.- There aren't just two commuter rail stations in where people work, so there aren't massive dump-outs like at GC/Penn. A tap-out system at Penn or GC @ peak times would easily add ~10 minutes to a commute. But...strangers things have happened.
  12. A decent read on the 'trial-and-error' testing for the new screens. Hoping they eventually introduce dynamics maps-but they are dealing with complaints regarding the freaking font so I'm not holding my breath. https://medium.com/@jgee/relearning-the-value-of-testing-at-the-mta-7bdaa4dfb4ce
  13. I would not be surprised if there are two individual teams supporting this (physical) rollout. Typically, IT/Facilities do not cross crafts, as evident with the mounts installed without the screens. My guess is one team comes into a station and installs the mounts and proper conduits, then another team installs the screens and attaches the devices to the network.
  14. Not everything has to be justified--but this certainly is. But hey, let's double down on this narrative: No good came from him posting this. Similarly, no good came of this paid employe, in uniform, on MTA property flipping off a railfanner. Coolio.
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