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  1. And the thing is Byford stated on TV that he does not believe in adding run time just because buses get stuck in traffic. The implication was that we need more exclusive bus lanes and other measures so that buses can move faster. But those things do not happen over night and in the mean time the only thing that makes sense is for the schedules to be more realistic. The MTA opposes this because on paper it appear that it costs more to run the existing service. The MTA has to pay less attention to what looks good on paper and more attention to what us going on in the real world. The subject I forgot to mention in the articles is how much of the ridership decline is actually due to not adequately counting all the fare beaters.
  2. Here is Part 1: http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/8090-designing-bus-routes-to-attract-passengers-and-reverse-the-decline-in-ridership-part-one
  3. BrooklynBus

    MTA Eagle Team Will Ride Local Routes In Future

    This means that fare evasion is worse than the MTA is willing to admit. For years they insisted it was in acceptable limits of 3 percent until the Daily News a few years ago exposed that it was closer to 14 percent. Then the MTA admitted their estimates were too low. The numbers should be transparent and part of the MTAs Performace Dashboard and needs to be broken down by borough, local and express routes and SBS.
  4. I would expect a big building boom in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The G could be lengthened to 10 cars if needed.
  5. BrooklynBus

    Fair Fares January 2019

    Sorry, but this doesn't make a fare fair. I wrote this two years ago. https://www.rockawave.com/articles/a-fare-discussion/
  6. https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2018/45/bn-colton-mta-repairs-2018-11-02-bk.html
  7. BrooklynBus

    Express Bus Advocacy Group

    I've noticed a lot of buses with the hydraulic back door broken. So touch tape to open door really means push with all your might to open door. I wonder if anyone even checks this or they are only concerned with maintenance issues involving safety.
  8. Thanks for posting. I had never heard of him. The only thing I had previously heard about him was MetroCard. Looks like he was involved in much more.
  9. BrooklynBus

    Express Bus Advocacy Group

    Good luck on getting some answers.
  10. BrooklynBus

    Express Bus Advocacy Group

    From what I saw of the Dashboard, everything was aggregated into 30 day periods so you can see trends from month to month. They were first breaking it down by route which has t been completed yet.
  11. Classes begin and end all day long. I believe the first class is at 8AM. The next rush is around 9AM. Then at every period change after that probably every 45 minutes. Starting at 12 Noon, the first rush leaving the college begins. Between 12 Noon and 1:30, about 1500 students are leaving and probably about the same amount arriving. Then it slows down until 3PM when the high school is dismissed along with a period change at the college. Twelve extra B1 buses are placed in service near 3 PM. They line up at Kensington Street beginning at 2:30. And don't forget, all day long you have the school buses operating from Brighton Beach and from Coney Island which carry about 20% of the B1 passengers leaving Coney Island Avenue. While the buses to Ocean Parkway all carry between a seated load and 70 passengers, the few B49 shuttles to Sheepshead Bay are mainly empty and are a waste., The reason for this is that while over 50 percent of B1 passengers depart at Coney Island Avenue, only 15 percent of B49 passengers get off at Sheepshead Bay so the shuttles aren't of use for most B49 passengers, many of which are using the bus over the train just to avoid a double fare, which was a reason for my B44 SBS extension to KCC proposal. The dispatchers at Mackenzie also do a horrible job. Sometimes they fill up the buses going to 4th Avenue, and then let the subway shuttles leave with just six passengers when holding that bus for three more minutes would fill it up. When buses leave full, they skip all stops to the subway, leaving everyone else waiting even if there are no other buses around. That means, Jaffrey and Hastings as well as Falmouth and the others, so I don't see your point about Falmouth being the first stop. Buses do not stop on the campus primarily because the college does not care about its students. They use security as an excuse saying there is no way to check IDS if buses enter the college property, but they don't check IDS anyway for walk ins or even on the buses. The MTA offered to run its buses on the campus over ten years ago and the college refused. All they needed was a place to turn around the buses which easily could have been provided by removing around 20 parking spaces or by creating a new area, but the college chose to build a softball field instead. The MTA has outgrown the terminal and making it larger in the same area would be a waste of money. Also, there were problems with security with drivers being threatened fd they tried to leave not quite full so as to pick up other passengers. The college refused to place its security officers at the terminal saying they are not allowed to leave the campus which is not true, because they were instances when they did provide security outside the college when there was an incident, I also believe KCC no longer allows the school buses to enter the property so now everyone has to walk several extra blocks to get to the college. The MTA is not the only one at fault here. Some pf the students and the college are also to blame.
  12. BrooklynBus

    Brooklyn Division Bus Proposals/Ideas

    I don't understand your question. They kept what was needed so why would you ask if they care about the students?
  13. BrooklynBus

    Brooklyn Division Bus Proposals/Ideas

    Because the route was changed to Avenue Z so the bus now goes way off route to serve the school.
  14. BrooklynBus

    Brooklyn Division Bus Proposals/Ideas

    I would suspect that any school that needs them already has them. Did you know that the pre-1978 B36 was retained as a school tripper for two trips a day from Surf and Neptune Avenue to the Bay Academy at Neptune (Emmmons) and E 14 Street? In 2004, I had an argument with the head of service Planning who insisted it was eliminated. It still runs today!
  15. BrooklynBus

    Brooklyn Division Bus Proposals/Ideas

    I hope you will be submitting your ideas to the MTA. One note. I believe there would not be enough demand to run all B1s from Shore Road. It would be wasteful. Also, I would retain the B16 school specials to Ft Hamilton High School although the regular B16 would no longer go to Shore Rd.


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