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  1. On 6/19/2019 at 5:54 AM, Gotham Bus Co. said:

    Before 1984, the Bx19 was two routes: Bx30 (149th Crosstown) and Bx31 (Southern Blvd). 

    Meanwhile, Bx12 used to be two routes through the early 1970s: Bx12 (east of Sedgwick) and Bx19 (west of Fordham Plaza).

    Not to sound off topic (technically it isn't) but is anyone interested in seeing the timetables for the older routes mentioned above?

    On 6/19/2019 at 4:38 AM, 78 via Stew Leonards said:

    why was it ever cut back to BPB?


    On 6/19/2019 at 4:49 AM, Lex said:

    I couldn't tell you, but if the Bx28 is any indication, it's not needed down there. Hell, it already crosses the Bx34 and Bx41, and it interacts with the Bx12 and weekday Bx22 at/near its extremities.

    I can answer that. A study was conducted sometime in 1999-2000 and the TA saw that more riders going to Fordham Center at the time used the Bx28 and not the Bx26. Yet this doesn't explain why the Fordham Center branch was the main route, whereas the Bedford Park branch wasn't. Keep in mind that prior to December 1991, buses alternated to either terminals. Until September 2000, the Bedford Park branch saw service weekday rush hours, early weekend mornings, and all remaining late evening service. Surprisingly, the Bx26 was not part of the 1995 service cuts, how strange.

    Now that we're talking about the Bx28, based on older maps that I have in my collection, all Sunday service ended at Moshulu Parkway. Again, I'm not sure what allegedly caused the ridership changes between both routes at that time.

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  2. On 6/6/2019 at 2:29 AM, FLX9304 said:

    I do remember the 1995 cuts. Let me give you some of the rundown of the routes: 

    Partial loss of service: Bx55’s 161st St branch (it’s overnight service was cut a year prior) 

    Actually, that branch was cut in June 1995 due to reliability issues at 3rd Ave. Only 5% of riders used that branch, yet 21% of service ran weekdays, 25% on weekends, and nocturnal hours had 50% to either branch.

  3. Were they shut down in 1975 because they weren't in the middle of the station or was their another reason? In the MTA's world, "Security reasons" was the reason, although it doesn't explain much. The mystery is quite intriguing, especially since there aren't any pics depicting the actual elevators other than the stairwells and the passageway.

    Case in point: here and here!

  4. I hate it every time the afternoon "(D) express" stops at Yankee Stadium during Yankee games, when it makes more sense to run 2 local services on the Concourse for 2 and a half hours. Switching between the express and local only renders the Concourse express useless. Concourse service is already crap during middays with the useless (B) and the unreliable (D) being the sole Bronx service.

  5. Bad trip from last year: There was this Bx15 BO that intentionally ran the bus so slow for no reason. What was once an 18 minute trip became double, and this other passenger berated him for that.

    Bad trips from this year: Inconsistent Bx15 LTD BOs. Either they came in early than scheduled or they ran late. I hated it.

    Excellent trips from last year: I wish I saw the first scheduled Bx41 SBS BO, he was always on point, period.

  6. I personally believe that both the Bx9 and the Q44 need to be rerouted away from Boston Road. It's so bothersome that the Bx21 and Bx36 buses have to put up with that puny lane while both the Bx9/Q44 have to make that left turn, thus delaying service even more. I would rather send both buses to East 180 St, then turn at Morris Park Avenue then Tremont and then Devoe Ave. This problem IMO should be rectified first.

    Oh, and just like Westchester Square, I would ban any left turns for those heading towards west.

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