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  1. I rarely see anyone on the shoulder. It's not like a bus lane on the street.
  2. Since it was rebuilt, there is now a full shoulder which could double as a bus lane.
  3. Round tripping is what the MTA is scared stiff. God forbid someone makes around trip for one fare. That’s why they haven’t done it. The world would end. As if there were no way to do this now. Even before MetroCard some round tripping was possible. Since MetroCard it’s easier. What they don’t consider is now many new trips would be generated by the ability to run several quick errands for one fare.
  4. The goal should not be to give everyone a one-seat ride but to turn three bus trips in tom two bus trips. Most will resist having to take three buses. The need for an extra fare for those without unlimiteds is just a further deterrent. You are correct about revamping the the transfer system, but increasing the limit to three hours is not necessary since there is no record of getting off the last bus or train. If as many transfers as needed can be made within two hours of the first fare being paid, trips taking as long as three hours will still be possible with one fare. That also means the fare should not be raised to $5 to pay for this. I explained how such a system would work two years ago and also submitted it to the MTA as testimony for the last fare increase. https://www.rockawave.com/articles/a-fare-discussion/
  5. Couldn't agree more. And yes. Service issues are the most important. In the study I referred to that I did 44 years ago, bunching, reliability and crowding, topped the complaint list by far. They accounted for over 50 percent of the complaints, maybe 70 percent. So what else us new? The only thing that has changed I believe is that bus driver complaints went down. That was the second most popular complaint back then. Bus drivers who refused to kneel buses and who didn't pull up to the curb. The kneeling feature was much less reliable back then, and often the bus wouldn't "stand up" again after it kneeled which explained the drivers refusal. I also believe more drivers pull up to the curb today when they are able. Third most popular complaint which I also believe has declined were bus issues: no A/C, roaches, dirty seats, etc. And as I said routing was dead last.
  6. I attended meetings of the Northeast Bronx study back in the 90s. The MTA made a bunch of recommendations. The community responded with we like some of them and others we want to change and recommended their own changes. The MTA’s response was either accept al, our proposals exactly as we suggested or you don’t get any changes at all. The community refused and no changes resulted as a result of that study. The MTA ‘s conclusion was that large studies just do not work and started studying only one or two routes at a time. That didn’t change until they gave into politicians requests to study Northeast Queens several years ago before Byford.
  7. When I surveyed 8,000 bus riders in 1975, I don’t think more than three or four people recommended a route change in the comments section. If you look at thee d of the Bronx Existing Conditions Report, it says they received a few requests for new routes or extensions. No one suggested any route restructuring. Be funny if the final report doesn’t include any route restructuring because no one recommended any.
  8. You are probably right. Weinstein fought for the Avenue L B44 SBS Stop. She wrote one letter. I am not aware of anything else any of them has done transportation wise. Correct. That’s because riders accept existing routes as a given. That doesn’t mean changes are not warranted.
  9. There may be something to trains shaking foundations. I remember when they started running R44s on the Brighton line, there were complaints of cracks in the foundations. Don’t remember how it was resolved. Maybe the trains were removed. They never complained about any other car class. Not really true. Deutsch fought for five years to get a B44 SBS stop at Avenue R. I give him credit because he didn’t give up or forget about it.
  10. It still gets many users from the B41 and B41 and I assume the B47 around the corner which I really don’t see much. Forget about any of the other bus routes serving it. Not nearly as in the old days.
  11. But, God forbid if they need to go somewhere else in Brooklyn and there is no car available, most trips are three buses and two fares. Agree. It’s really ironic what happened with Kings Plaza. Before 1971, the place to shop in. Brooklyn was Downtown Brooklyn where all the fine stores were. Then Kings Plaza came and it became the in place to shop, single handedly killing Downtown Brooklyn which turned into shlock stores. Then Kings Plaza started to decline and Downtown Brooklyn began a resurgence starting with MetroTech. Now Kings Plaza is viewed as a slum.
  12. Your last sentence is very true. Yes this area is car centric but I think of all those without access to cars specially the kids who can hardly afford an Uber. As far as NIMBYs, I have no use for them unless their objections are based on sound reasoning. Gerritsen Beach is another story. They resent outsiders and don’t want easy access to their community, but would like better connections for themselves. Especially since the theaters at Kings Plaza closed.
  13. Funny how no one mentions the UA multiplex theater, the only movie theater left in southern Brooklyn, or the three nursing homes as draws.

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