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RokuSix

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  1. Isn't one of the reasons why Amtrak was created in the first place was to put use to all the rail infrastructure abandoned by bankrupt private companies?

     

    Many of the private rail lines were far too ambitious and fell bankrupt. Let's take a look at the New York, Westchester, and Boston railroad which is now the Dyre Avenue Line. Historically, the private company thought this would be the biggest hit of the century, ferrying people in and out of Manhattan.

     

    However, one of the major issues with private companies is competition. Both the New York, Westchester, and Boston and the New Haven railroads were trying to be the primary railroad on the eastern shore of Westchester. Where did most of the NYW&B's money go? Fighting legal battles with the New Haven.

     

    Needless to say, the NYW&B went bankrupt long before World War II.

     

    If Amtrak were to be privatized, would we have one big national company taking care of it, or smaller regional companies competing over railroad infrastructure? One big national company wouldn't be much different from Amtrak, and smaller companies competing would be harmful as we saw in the historical example.


  2. When we look at the outer boroughs, we must take into account geography as a factor as to why the subway lines are curved. For example, the Pelham Line in the Bronx is very curvy because it must match the shape of the Bronx's peninsula. Otherwise, it would just cut a diagonal across the borough and not outline its southern end. Many neighborhoods would be isolated if the Pelham Line cut a straight diagonal.


  3. I thought that was the whole point, to make it as subway like as possible.

    Why bother have SBS if your gonna wait for every passenger to pay, or is waiting to pay. You'll never leave the bus stop at that rate, SBS are usually very busy routes.

     

    This is true. Some drivers on the Bx12 select are very nice, and while though that is great, if we keep waiting for everyone, we will be stuck there for longer than necessary. Sometimes the convenience of one or two people is not worth the waste of everyone else on the bus's time.


  4. I think it would be a little unfair to make holiday weekends peak fare times. Many people who are shopping will only take Metro-North or Long Island Rail Road that one time, compared to a peak rider who commutes into the city every day and takes up seats daily. Using the same logic, would summer weekend trains heading out to Freeport and Jones Beach be considered peak, too?

     

    Plus, raising fares may deter people from shopping in general which would not be good for the malls and such.


  5. Do people actually profit from this? I mean, having to stand around awkwardly for 18 minutes every single time just to make $2.25 seems a little silly. With that being said, though, I don't think it should be illegal. I have had to swipe for people plenty of times in stations *cough* Union Square *cough* where all the machines weren't working and the token booth was on the other side of the universe. People really appreciated it.


  6. The MTA knows good and well what they're doing. Nassau County and Mangano, I'm sure, are shitting bricks right now because Veolia sold a good chunk of their transportation assets. Notice how Nassau County is trying to keep a relationship with the MTA up in case Veolia, you know, falls flat like many private corporations do.


  7. It's silly to assume that a new subway entrance creates crime.

     

    Let's say that a criminal wants to mug a woman on 69th Street. He will do so, regardless of whether or not he has to run half a block or one block. Nothing will stop him from his goal. What about getaway vehicles? A subway is not the only great escape from a crime.

     

    I believe that the pros of the entrance such as making it ADA accessible, and managing the crowds will be more beneficial rather than detrimental. For example, with two entrances, crowds can dissipate as opposed to gathering (rather dangerously) around one area.


  8. It's silly to assume that a new subway entrance creates crime.

     

    Let's say that a criminal wants to mug a woman on 69th Street. He will do so, regardless of whether or not he has to run half a block or one block. Nothing will stop him from his goal. What about getaway vehicles? A subway is not the only great escape from a crime.

     

    I believe that the pros of the entrance such as making it ADA accessible, and managing the crowds will be more beneficial rather than detrimental. For example, with two entrances, crowds can dissipate as opposed to gathering (rather dangerously) around one area.


  9. There is nothing "luxurious" about express buses. The way you talk, you'd think they have bathrooms on them with folks serving us food. They are standard coach buses that many other transportation systems offer for suburban commuters.

     

    The problem here is that you folks are just jealous because you ride the local bus so you want everyone to follow suit. It's like the guy that drives a Ford and is envious of the dude that drives a Porsche. I drive a Ford so he should drive one too. :P Those who can afford a premium service are entitled to have it and those who don't like it. Too bad.

     

    I'm actually a frequent rider of the various BxM routes... while I do enjoy the MCI environment, I wouldn't label it as necessary. I'd be happy with a suburban style Orion.

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