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  1. There is a lot to take into account when determining the performance of the maintenace dept of any depot. Is every shift supervised by competent foremen and superintendants? Are the parts needed to repair these buses on hand? Most importantly can the bus even stay in the depot to be repaired rather than be pushed out to "make service"?
  2. I can't speak for railroad clerks but drove I a bus for a long time and I always let other transportation employees ride. Sometimes when I lived in Jersey the conductors on NJT let me ride sometimes they didn't,I never let the people who insisted on following the letter of the law influence the way I operated my bus. The bus operators who don't allow other transit professionals the courtesy of a ride fall into two categories 1. Power mad "captains of the ship" 2. scared to do the right thing.
  3. I was a rookie working the M3 when the first RTS came to 132nd ST. depot.I remember that we operators loved the rather weak AC and the power steering but we hated the wheelchair lift. The younger guys grabbed the RTS whenever they could and the veterans knew the lift would slow them down so they avoided the new buses like the plague.
  4. A form of "endearment"? Don't love me. I may be older than most around here but at least I still have the good sense to know when Me and my people are being degraded.
  5. If someone mentioned this please accept my apologies in advance but to the best recollection I have the TA is self insured. Meaning they have a fund set aside to pay damages in accidents where they (or their employees) are found at fault. I had accidents over the years and while I had to testify at depositions I was never sued personally.
  6. I found it easier to get through my day when I didn't participate in the tit for tat that went on with some of the drivers. If there was a crowd in the stand,more often than not I was gonna be the guy that would pick them up. I mean damn they aint riding on my back. Any other attitude just seemed petty to me.
  7. I got a supply of the special alcohol saturated cards from a revenue maintainer and dipped it in the farebox when I got on the bus and that took care of a lot of the read errors that were caused by dirty boxes.
  8. They are "Traffic Checkers"
  9. I don't know how long it's supposed to take but he'll be lucky if he gets it at all. I checked my records shortly before I retired and I found out about six commendations that I was never notified about.
  10. Perhaps this will give you a rule of thumb.I took the test for B/O in 1974 in the middle of the same kind of recession we are in now. I was hired in 1980 and I retired last year. My recommendation to anyone on these lists is to go on with your life as if you didn't take any tests and see where you are when they call you.
  11. As a retired B/O who had someone attempt suicide by rolling under my bus I certainly sympathize with this Train Operator. What I don't understand is the uncalled for venom from the people who responded to this thread. Someone lost their life. Was he foolish for being on the tracks? of course. Does he deserve your disdain after his tragic death? I don't think so.
  12. The bus didn't get you there on it's own,sounds like a pretty skillful Bus Operator with his(or her) hands full got you through.
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