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  1. Well there's no other way around it. The MTA cannot say that they're gonna run a weekday service when they don't have the personnel to do so. If running a weekday schedule with half the service suspended equates to the reality today, then just call it what it is, an "essential" schedule. The workforce is out sick from either the virus, displaying symptoms and being told to quarantine or from being exposed to someone with either of the two and being told to quarantine. Remember the first employee death from the virus? His positive test forced 30 other employees to stay home. Supervision is not playing around. If any employee falls into any of the three scenarios above, they are staying home. This is just the COVID related scenarios. You still have much more employees out because they have to take care of their kids and those out for the regular types of absences. In the subways, it takes more than a train operator and a conductor to move a train from terminal to terminal. The same thing is happening with the buses. Flipping to a Saturday or Sunday schedule effectively puts less buses on the road but the numbers of available operators at each depot are different so it equates to the same thing. I had one of my co-workers say that she had to do a trip on a quadruple headway. (That is the 3 buses in front of their bus did not show) Flipping to a reduced schedule is the only way they can establish some sort of guideline for service, because the MTA can't keep lying to everyone saying that "we're doing our best job with on a weekday schedule." The reality is that service has to be reduced to continue to provide somewhat of a reliable service especially with employee availability tanking by the day. Remember that halving a headway means double the service, which means double the equipment, which means double the bodies. And yes, the MTA can realize that hey, let's run 15 min headways to reduce overcrowding but they can't do that without employees. I'm sure that everyone understands that workers need to get to/from work but it's not being made any better with the fact that the buses are free. I was passing by a bus stop on my home route and saw 3 kids waiting for the bus. I picked them up before, I know what stop they're going to, they're clearly not essential workers... So why are they out joyriding? The people who need to stay home aren't staying home and everyone is complaining about having service added back without realizing the whole picture. But how was everyone getting around after: -The strike in 2005 -9/11 - Hurricane Irene -Hurricane Sandy -Every last blizzard where the mayor told everyone to stay home or they were getting a ticket from the cops? Exactly my point. If the employees aren't available to work, how are you really expecting to get some place?
  2. It's not that. The MTA is heavily enforcing social distancing on their properties. They do not want more than one person working on a bus downstairs in maintenance. OMNY installs are a three person job, maybe a 4th if they need an operator to help them with bus movement. Also being that these buses still have to be CV-sanitized and with the lack of employees, there's no need to unnecessarily hold buses out of service.
  3. MTA Bus will hold onto them but they still belong to NYCT at the end of the day.
  4. I believe it's 6274 to 6286 getting wrapped for the Q70, so that would be 13 buses. That leaves 16 left over for the Q53 and spares.
  5. Remember that the 2017s aren't theirs to keep. Easier to commit something to the Q70 that's going to stay there as opposed to doing the 17s, then having to unwrap them, then having to wrap the 19s.
  6. Nah, it was pending the order of new buses.
  7. I haven't heard anything solid yet. It's way too early being that the first bus for NYCT hasn't been built yet. The other thing is that it's not going to be a simple give new buses to this depot, send old buses to retire older buses at another depot. The Prevosts are starting to hit 200K miles. That will be a factor when these buses are delivered. On top of that, the option order is to allow the MTA to take the SIM23 and 24 from Academy.
  8. And my point was that we don't live in a perfect world.
  9. Well the buses have to be prepped for this. It's just not switching to rear door boarding that's going on.
  10. Training on the new LFS took 5 minutes for me. It's the same bus.
  11. Exactly. Just because a bus is at a depot, does not mean that it's there for revenue service. A bunch of Staten Island buses go to Manhattan to get the OMNY systems worked on when the vendor is not on the Island or they're a pass through depot on a transfer move. Also, what people do have to realize is that operators are qualified on multiple types of buses through cross training. I haven't driven a XN40 yet but being that I'm trained on the XD40s, I can hop in one and go. So yeah, no need to wait on a XD60 because a depot is getting XDs.
  12. They run your abstract from DMV. Whatever it has on it, is what they will see.
  13. They're not gonna delay service just because an artic isn't available at the depot.
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