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  1. I have always favored scrapping transfers in favor of a time-based pass. One dip or swipe gives you your run of the base system for a set amount of time which can even vary by time of day (e.g. 3 hours during the day, 4 hours overnight) or day of week. Then NYCT can break up unmanageably long routes into shorter, more reliable segments without forcing anyone to pay a double fare. The potential for round-tripping is a very small price to pay for the added mobility.
  2. If the right people have a vested interest in reducing passenger trip times, then there will be a reduction in passenger trip times. If the right people have a vested interest in not reducing passenger trip times, then there won't be any reduction.
  3. That depends on who does or doesn't want it to speed things up.
  4. Maybe each borough should have its own dedicated appointee to the board.
  5. I find that the app often takes so long to load that it times itself out as soon as I try to do anything.
  6. M14A would still be on Essex, and M15 is fairly close by on Allen Street.
  7. Maybe the M9 and M22 can be combined into a single route.... Southbound: M9 route from Bellevue to Houston St, then left Houston, right FDR, right Grand, left East Broadway to Chatham Square, into M22 route to BPC (North Cove), then continue to South Cove. Northbound: From Liberty St via M20 route to Chambers, then M22 route to Park Row U-turn, continuing on Park Row under Police Plaza to Chatham Square, right East Broadway, right Grand, left Lewis, left Delancey, right Columbia, left Houston, right Avenue C, into M9 route to Bellevue.
  8. Is this the same Cuomo who "doesn't control" the MTA?
  9. DOT did that (partially) in the early 1990s at the behest of Senator D'Amato and the Jamaica Avenue merchants who were upset about buses being rerouted to Archer/Parsons. It was an unmitigated disaster that unnecessarily slowed down every bus that used Jamaica or Archer. (One result was creation of the Q4/Q5/Q85 Limiteds that used Liberty Avenue to bypass the one-way pair. Limiteds still use Liberty 25 years after the "experiment" ended.)
  10. But Cuomo himself keeps saying that he doesn't actually control the MTA.
  11. At QCC, it was the President of the college (now retired).
  12. Meanwhile, QCC happily gave up a parking lot to build an off-street bus loop for the Q27, and even offered to rebuild that loop to bring in the Q30. (That later plan was abandoned after testing showed that the Q30 wouldn't be able to stop where the new "island" boarding stop would have been built, which is why the Q30 stops across the street.) Both routes have since seen huge growth in college ridership.
  13. That is exactly why Robert Moses would oppose it: because it would make things faster and easier only for city residents. The "wrong" people would benefit and the "right" people would not benefit (even though they also wouldn't lose anything).
  14. Urban purists would shoot this down as an affront to the memory of "Master Builder" Robert Moses, who famously stated that “cities exist to be conduits for suburban traffic” and thus are not entitled to their own viability.

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