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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.
  14. Yes, you can pick into any Brooklyn depot except for Spring Creek. Congrats! Just keep in mind that your Day 7 will differ because your superintendent can take you anywhere. Focus moreso on what you need to do to get through the route.
  15. Definitely not our bus with the Prevost logo on the back.
  16. There won't be any parallel parking or backing. You may have to do some part of the pre-trip and brake test but most instructors just get to the nitty gritty on Day 7. You will be tested on everything that you've been taught, since you'll be applying it as you drive along. Look at your daily sheets and take note on what your instructor wrote on them, as they are the hints to what you need to improve on (like right side coverage) and what they may be looking at more. Typical Day 7 messups: - Failure to check mirrors every 3-5 - Failure to secure the bus - Failure to maintain the 4 ft clearance - Failure to cover your right side - Failure to acknowledge a hazard within your 4 ft -- bikes, peds, etc. (And not stopping / getting away, if they are in your 4 ft) - Failure to acknowledge a potential hazard (Call everything out, talk bout potential things that can play out -- like the cab cutting in front of you) - Failure to hit that horn approaching / passing a hazard - Having to get backed up - Getting into an accident -Hitting those construction cones in the street, counts as hitting a fixed object. - Mis-timing a light and ending up stopped in the crosswalk. Anything past is running the light. If you're making a turn, if you are not at your reference point, then you are not committed, thus you are caught in the intersection.
  17. Cover your right side at all times, unless you're making a left turn or the lane to the right of you leads up to a turn on red sign. The only things that should be able to pass you on your right side when it's covered outside of a bus stop are bikes and people. I'm sure your instructor have told you about using fixed objects to cover your right. Just remember that not all fixed objects are permanent (i.e., I get into my parked car next to you and start it up) so you would have to adjust to recover your right, if said object moves position. My instructor told me that you do not have to go into the bus stop as part of covering your right, just get fat. (Or ask them, everyone is diff) Also, monitor what's going on alongside you and call it out. You should know by now what your instructor will let slide because you were aware that it was happening and you adjusted for it. As for driving on qualification day, it depends where you go and how ready you are. If you get trolley braked or run a yellow, it's an automatic fail. Everything else is subjective but if you're forgetting the basics, then don't expect a pass. I was the last one to drive on Day 9 and sat in the seat for an hour. Didn't know about passing till the end of it.
  18. You go out with a senior operator for their entire day. They will show you the route(s), the ins and outs, proper procedures in regards to the daily paperwork, pre-trip, etc. They will make you drive, maybe buy you lunch. Rinse and repeat for the other 4 days. You will be off on the weekends, unless in a particular week (Sunday-Saturday), there is a TA holiday. They will swap either day off for you to work, so that you can be off on the holiday.
  19. Is console both OA/TA or just TA? SI is TA but like with being a bus op, you have to put in a transfer / initially pick a SI trick to get over here.
  20. When 180 calls, you'll do the drug test and medical. They have your information on file already, so you should skip some of the paperwork.
  21. Unless he means people who just got hired off 4700 but took this test as well.
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