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  1. I don't think thatz right. My Bee-Line operator friend said there are alot less people using shuttle buses anymore. Also, didn't somebody say that BeeLine sold some buses ? That may be why they're using the bigger buses.
  2. I think that all of the Bee-Line buses are pretty new, aren't they. Maybe the long buses are old but I thought that they were going to fix them.
  3. How many passengers do you anticipate serving on 684 ?
  4. Scheduling buses to meet the demand of riders ! Novel idea.
  5. There is the telltale wheeze, then an ominous rattle. And then the train, that least loved of New York City subway lines, rumbles sadly into the station, its faded tin-can siding a dreary reminder to passengers of an earlier subterranean era. The cars on the line are not only the oldest in the New York subway: They also rank among the oldest city subway trains still in regular operation anywhere in the world. And they are not leaving anytime soon. Like an employer pushing back a valued worker’s retirement, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has responded to budget problems by extending the lives of the cars, known by their model number as R32s. The cars will now run through at least 2017, when they will be 53 years old, well past the tenure envisioned upon their gleaming debut during the Johnson administration in 1964. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/nyregion/for-often-late-cars-of-subways-c-train-retirement-must-wait.html?_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha29
  6. All inter-city buses should be going to the Port Authority bus terminal or an equivilent inter-modal facility. Otherwise, chaos.
  7. In what way does it look stupid ?
  8. Caused they like the current paint scheme ?
  9. Westchester County police searching for Bee-Line bus robbery suspect (From the Journal News, 8/12/11) The Westchester County police has released a video and is asking for the public's help in finding a man who robbed a bus rider last week. The man got on the Bee-Line bus in Mount Vernon and stole a rider's iPhone after a physical altercation. No weapon was used, police said. Anyone with information on the man can call 914-864-7700 or (800) 898-TIPS (8477). They can also send information to tips@wccops.com All calls and tips are confidential http://www.lohud.com/article/20110812/NEWS02/108120373/Westchester-County-police-searching-Bee-Line-bus-robbery-suspect?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Frontpage|s
  10. The use of Jake brakes aka Jacobs engine brake, are not useful in a transit bus application. For a Jake break to be effective, the vehicle needs to be moving at a speed above 30 MPH. Rarely do transit buses get going that fast. Transit typically uses a transmission retarder to slow down buses. It extends break life. BTW - Westchester's Neoplans have transmission retarders.
  11. When the Bee-Line purchased the 2002/2003 Neoplan artics, they replaced 1983/84 MAN articulated buses. However, the MAN's were rehabed in the early '90's.
  12. - Don't take the #1 bus. It leaves you off on Warburton Ave. You then have a very steep, winding walk up Odell Ave., over the aqueduct up to N. Broadway. - The #2 now runs rush hour only past St. John's. Otherwise, a 4 block walk from Tudor Woods to the hospital. - #9 runs past the hospital but only once an hour. Take the # 6 from the stop on N. Broadway at Main St. in Getty Sq. The bus runs every 30 minutes and leaves you off opposite St. Johns. If you take the train, get off at Yonkers and walk across the street to the post office and you can pick up the #6 there.
  13. All Bee-Line buses have Clever Devices installed for all announcements.
  14. CT Transit has had a fuell cell bus for several years. http://www.cttransit.com/press/Display.asp?PressID=%7B1CC84229-30CE-4859-BBEF-538B908E60F0%7D
  15. The recession is gonna end at 10 p.m. ? Gotta get my broker on the phone !
  16. With all due respect to the good citizens of the great state of Wisconsin, I wouldn't give the governor a dime to fly a kite !!!
  17. They deprived the MTA of revenue and that costs ALL of us !
  18. Gambling and shopping pay off for the county's bus system, which carried a record number of passengers last year — more than 32 million — in part because of the swarms of people heading for two destinations in Yonkers. Crowds of bettors now ride the Bee-Line system's Route 20 and 21 buses along Central Park Avenue to get to Empire Casino at Yonkers Raceway, county transportation officials said. http://www.lohud.com/article/20110321/NEWS02/103210328/Bus-ridership-recovers-from-dip
  19. Express buses do not cost any more to operate than locals. The financial issue with express buses is revenue. While there is a premium fare, you only fill the seat once a trip. Multiply $ 5.50 x the number of seats on an MCI (?somebody?) and that is the maximum revenue generated for the trip. Now, what is the fully loaded hourly cost to operate a MTA bus ? PS - Please don't tell me to slow down the "express" to allow passengers on and off.

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