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  1. BrooklynBus

    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Yes, but how are they going to deactivate the machines on weekends? They would have to be able to do it remotely if that is even possible. Or will they just keep your money if you don't see a sign saying no weekend service or tell you to give the receipt to the local operator instead of paying a fare? Also, has anyone seen the new traffic congestion on the main road near Mr Sinai Hospital because of the unnecessary bus lanes, just as I predicted, with virtually no place to switch between the main road and service road making left or right turns very difficult for cars and trucks?
  2. BrooklynBus

    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Funny it was never mentioned before that SBS would be weekday only. Love the way the MTA always has surprises and never tells you the complete story.
  3. BrooklynBus

    MTA Not Going Your Way

    Agreed. They have to realize If they want more people to use the buses, they must invest in providing extra service to fill service gaps, and not look for "duplicative" segments to eliminate so they can reduce service.
  4. BrooklynBus

    MTA Not Going Your Way

    Read the second letter: http://rockawaytimes.com/index.php/columns/22-we-get-email/4281-by-george-we-got-it
  5. BrooklynBus

    Select Bus Service Planning

    If a problem is ever going to be solved all the affected agencies have to learn to work together, not just blame each other. We should not be creating an new exclusive bus lanes if there is no intention to keep them clear.
  6. BrooklynBus

    Select Bus Service Planning

    1. After the B82 and M14 start, there needs to be a fair and honest evaluation of every SBS route to determines which ones work and which ones do not before the program continues. That includes disclosing the fare evasion on every SBS route today and before the route was converted to SBS and numbers of passengers using SBS and the local counterparts to determine ridership changes and reasons for those changes. Then the ones that have not worked, either need to be fixed so they do work or need to be returned to Limited to avoid the additional operating expense of several million dollars per year on each SBS route. The MTA cannot continue to blame DOT for lack of enforcement of bus lanes with DOT blaming the NYPD. Travel times cannot continue to be twice what the schedule states if there is to be any semblance of reliability. 2. Why is the MTA even considering any current route for SBS when they supposed to be reevaluating each route for possible redesign? That is just another inconsistency which reduces trust in the agency. For example, have they already decided the B15 will remain unchanged and continue to serve JFK airport before they even start the redesign analysis? You can't say one thing and then do something else if you want the public to trust you. Further, if the B15 does become SBS and continues to serve JFK, it makes no sense for it not to transfer to the Q52/53. When I raised this point at one of the Q52/53 SBS workshops, the supposed MTA bus expert they sent me to did not know which route the B15 was and forgot to bring a Brooklyn Map with him so he couldn't check. He didn't even make an attempt to look at a map online.
  7. BrooklynBus

    Labor Day Parade

    Since this has been happening for 40 years, maybe they should. Don't they have special schedules for New Years Day. Is service just as screwed up every time Fifth Avenue is closed for a parade?
  8. BrooklynBus

    Labor Day Parade

    In Post 1850 of the Select Bus Service Discussion a B44 bus driver stated that on Labor Day buses were running only every 30 to 40 minutes. I don't know if that is a combined headway for the SBS and local or for each service but I am sure the Sunday schedule calls for more frequent service. Why couldn't each section of the route follow the normal Labor Day schedule?
  9. BrooklynBus

    General SBS Discussion

    Fully agree.
  10. BrooklynBus

    General SBS Discussion

    I see your points. We obviously have a difference of opinion so let's leave it at that.
  11. BrooklynBus

    General SBS Discussion

    I never made any general statement about bus operator not having common sense, although I may have cited specific instances where that was the case. There is no hypocrisy or double standard. I respect what they have to do day in and day out and the difficult conditions they work under. But I also resent when they take advantage of the system. I have witnessed at leased on incident where a dispatcher was working with the bus operator to give him needless overtime which I fully documented while not at all helping the passengers. Unlike the MTA however, I don't believe overtime is bad. It is necessary when it is needed. Of course as a bus operator, you will defend everyone of them regardless of their behavior. As I said there are good , fair, horrible, as well as excellent bus operators and there is nothing hypocritical about say that.
  12. BrooklynBus

    General SBS Discussion

    I thought I made myself clear. Yes, I am still advocating for this proposal. I also stated that before this or any other route change be considered, the current reliability issues must be addressed. I do not see any inconsistency between these two statements. The reason you create short turn are to to tailor service to demand to make it more efficient and to make service more reliable so a delay at one end of the route does not carry all the way down to the other one. Short turn service can help minimize delays. So by creating more short turns my proposal could help to make service more reliable. On a side note, I just reread an old news article where the MTA claimed B44 SBS sped passenger trips by 31 percent. If that is true, which I highly doubt, that means it previously took buses like 2 1/2 hours to make a trip end to end, which would also have been twice what the schedule allowed if it currently takes nearly two hours. Fifty years ago, there were many more short turns than there are today, but they were eliminated as a cost cutting measure. That is one of the reasons service I believe Maximum waits are greater today on many routes. The B46 which operated between Avenue N and WBP had short turns at DeKalb, Fulton, Eastern Parkway, Church Avenue and Avenue H and you never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a bus except at night when it was every 20 minutes. Today you often hear of waits of 30 to 45 minutes without a bus.
  13. BrooklynBus

    General SBS Discussion

    The MTA should have the resources to be able to estimate how many riders would be transferring from the various crosstown routes to use the B44 SBS instead of the slower B49. If the SBS is not faster, that is a different problem that needs addressing. Based on that forecasting they should be able to determine which parts of the route merits additional service. But as I said, the route first has to run decently before any of this is attempted. If the service is as bad as the operator(s) claim, that needs to be addressed first. You seem to have your mind made up this is a bad idea no matter what I say, so there is no reason to attempt to change it. And I am saying that because of your characterization that this is a pie in the sky overkill proposal, when there is nothing pie in the sky about it and it does have some support, but not by the people on this forum.
  14. BrooklynBus

    General SBS Discussion

    Yes, I haven't shown how the positives outweigh the negatives because I didn't post the three pages I wrote discussing the proposal that I sent to the MTA. Yes I did ask how "too many people" using a route would be a bad thing. But I also acknowledged that if buses would become overcrowded on a portion of the route, you don't leave it at that and call it a day. You adjust the service so it isn't overcrowded. Remember that when I made this proposal I had no idea that buses take twice as long to meet their schedule. That has to be addressed before any route change can even be considered.
  15. BrooklynBus

    General SBS Discussion

    Exactly. There is no point. But the problem is that the agencies are just too parochial with everyone blaming another one for the problems instead of everyone working together to solve the problem. The MTA blames the cars and DOT. DOT blames the police for lack of enforcement. Then some blame Uber. But Uber only works because the bus system is deficient and that is because the MTA doesn't consider Uber users as part of demand when designing service levels. So everything is interrelated and requires a multifaceted approach. Lanes are blocked because of double parkers. Trucks are the biggest offenders be abuse they double park for hours not minutes just to drop someone off. That is because there are inadequate delivery zones. But when you try to increase their numbers, the commercial establishments protest claiming they are losing business. DOT sets up pilot programs to clear lanes but goes overboard by not tailoring the hours to only when they are needed and makes them 7 to 10 and 4 to 7 which is way too long in many areas. Sometimes it is only needed in one direction, but we have agencies who can only think in term of lowest common denominator so,unions that don't work instead of tailoring solutions to specific needs. The MTA and DOT are only interested in theoretical. They just want to expand bus lanes and don't care about enforcement. They will brag about how good priority signals are for buses but will take more than ten years to actually implement them. But when they try to justify SBS and exclusive lanes, they talk about how it should work and make promises without considering how they are actually working.


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