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  1. B/O 4600 Hiring Process

    Focus on correcting your weak points with your superintendent. You're going have to see what they want from you. Otherwise, just take your time. You will be in thick traffic in Harlem. -Scan your mirrors and scan sidewalk to sidewalk for any bikes. Call them out before they get to your bus. If you're moving, monitor them and update as you go along. If and when they pass you within 4 feet, you must slow down and stop. This goes for anything within your 4 feet. It's either they're moving or you are. You can move over or speed up a bit to get away from them but in most cases, slowing down is what you need to do. Other than that, call out your signs, white, yellow, blue, red and hazards. Doesn't matter if it has relevance, it just shows your superintendent that you're looking around and paying attention. Of course anything relevant that will affect your driving, you will need to adjust. -Anticipate everything and call it out. Got a taxi next to you? You might get cut off. Slow down and keep an eye on it. Pedesterian in between cars? They might be Jay walking or returning to their car. Call it out and adjust. There will be a portion where you will be in the left lane a few times. Gradually move over and just be aware of what's around your bus. When it comes to the lights, if you're unsure, start coasting and try to look at the light at the next block to kinda judge your light. If you have a few seconds before your light goes yellow, slow down on your way there so by time you have like 3 seconds, you'll be stopping. -If there's traffic preventing you for performing what your superintendent wants, wait it out. It's better to sit it out at an intersection and wait for everything to clear up (if it does) as opposed to getting stuck in an awkward spot and then getting trolley braked because you're trying to get through with pedestrians and bikes coming at you. -You might be taken along the M96 where you have to make a right and then the first left to head towards Central Park. It's a tight left turn, you may have to split the two left lane lanes to be comfortable. (Call it out, let then know before you do it) You will also deal with the hill on Lexington and one more after that, where they make you do the bus stop. Use the Pop n Go trick to make sure you don't roll back too much. Good luck.

    This winter pick is the first time where TA implemented curtailment runs for snow, weather and other emergencies where operators would do these runs instead of the regular runs. The way it is setup, curtailment runs are automatically paired with regular runs. The union (ATU) contested the curtailment runs the first time with the reasoning being that operators should be able to pick curtailment runs independently of the regular runs. TA let it be that way. The week we were to start picking, TA reversed the decision and issued a revision to the pick with the curtailment runs reattached, so the union fought it again. The union lost this time around, the pick was reissued and our pick process had to start from the very beginning again. Winter pick will start on 2/4 and run all the way until the summer.
  3. I'm commiserating here...

    Because the feds are in every railroad's behind to get PTC installed by their deadline. Ever notice that everything with the government towering behind gets done magically?
  4. DOB New Hire FAQ

    Your report and clearing will always be at a depot. Each run will be different so one run you may have to bring your bus back to the depot while another, you will end in the street doing what's called a relief and will have to travel back to the depot. (As you saw at 39th Street) This is true in the reverse as well. With a lot of runs on Express, you will park your bus at a location in the city after the AM rush and have to take a shuttle bus back to your respective depot.
  5. DOB New Hire FAQ

    You'll report ("punch in") and clear ("punch out") with the dispatcher at the depot. Overtime is considered as anything "unscheduled" that occurs during your day. For example, working on your day off, doing extra trips, being late in finishing your run are all instances where you'll get overtime.
  6. MTA Bus Operations: Moves & Transfers

    4001, 4003, 4006, 4008, 4016, 4056, 4126, 4135, 4228 WF to YU 8127, 8138, 8168-8169, 8221-8222 YU to CA/CH
  7. BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    New pick started everywhere except for SI.
  8. Car school for conductors

    There aren't too many threads about schoolcar for C/Rs but take a look through this thread for some insight:
  9. Promotion and return

    You get 1 year to return but you may have to notify the appropriate person before then. I know in Buses, you need to put your notice in at least 20 days in advance.
  10. MTA Bus Operations: Moves & Transfers

    4000-4001, 4003-4004, 4006-4008, 4011, 4013, 4016-4017, 4040, 4054, 4056, 4124-4126, 4133, 4135 & 4228 to West Farms from Yukon 8127, 8132, 8138, 8159, 8168-8170, 8192, 8208, 8221-8222, 8227, 2622 to Yukon from Castleton/Charleston
  11. MTA Bus Operations: Moves & Transfers

    Another thing to consider is that Yukon is a training depot so whatever is going to replace the NG as the training vehicle will probably wind up at Yukon. Personally, I'm hoping for some Xcelsiors.
  12. Local officials urge MTA to add rush-hour buses to S79 route

    For now, they've added 2 extra runs to the 79. They do 3 trips altogether out of 86th between 4 and 6pm. It's a start.
  13. Bus Operator (TA) Exam 7612

    The closer you are to 100, the better you will be. Based off the 4600 exam, an 88.75 would put you anywhere between having a list number of 5508 to 6504. TA started calling from 4600 around last year June and they are already halfway through. (Somewhere in the 4000s) Remember that this is just the proposed answer key. After the final answer key is released, your score may go up a couple points. Also, TA is gearing up with the L train shutdown in 2019, which will definitely require more buses on the road. (Which has been the case with the M train shuttle) Finally, not everyone on the list will realize that they were called, take the job, pass pre-employment, pass the medical, pass training, pass probation (and get fired) or they might end up resigning. All of these things will make the list move faster and get to your number faster.
  14. LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    It plays whenever the conductor turns on the PA system. Sometimes happens when the system acts up.
  15. SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    Bowling Green (the inner South Ferry loop) is not a revenue track at all. Only City Hall loop is.


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