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jimbob60

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  1. I caught 9183-9187 on the E on June 30. I boarded the last car and did not see the #'s on the lead set. I thought 9193 was first Kawasaki car assigned to Jamaica giving a 540/750 split between CI and Jam on the 5 car set 160's since 9143-9192 went back to CI some years ago. Any reason for the change? Slightly related, how many sets of 68's if any run on the N/Q. I saw 1 set running some time back from the street in the AM rush. With 540 160's, there should be no need for 68's on the N/Q
  2. Why would a bus that has been running for about 18.5 years get a repaint? Won't all of these 96 RTS's buses by gone within the next 12 months?
  3. I believe the 6 may have had 460 R 142A's (the 4 train having the other 140 or 150 cars) prior to the first sets being converted meaning 9 train sets of 142A's should run once all conversions are done.
  4. 370 (7211-7580) R142A's will be converted. Prior to conversion, the 6 line had 450 R142's for service so after conversion is complete, there should still be 8 train sets of R142's on the 6.
  5. Any idea where freshly painted 6324 will end up as an MTA Bus?
  6. FYI I did see from my living room window an empty R188 consist heading Flushing bound from Queensboro Plaza one weekday last week just after 11:45 AM. I could not see the #'s to determine if it was a converted R142A plus R188 or all new R188 consist.
  7. Michael Jackson's "Gone to Soon" in the back of my mind as I watch the video and look at the photos - especially in the case of the CNG which were scrapped in mass in early 2012. Question about scrapping of MCI's. Wouldn't express buses have lower mileage and be in better condition from seeing more highway and less stop and go mileage? The old NY Bus service ran 22-23 year old Fishbowls before the MTA takeover in 2005. So why do so many MCI's get scrapped after just 12-14 years of service. An LGA r outegoes right past my place and I watch a parade of 17++ year old RTS go past every day. I understand the tank issue with the CNG's but cannot figure out the early scrapping of MCI's.
  8. I see the suburban seating on the interior shot. I thought all CNG's had their seats converted after the MTA takeover. Obviously I was wrong.
  9. I have not been on this website for awhile so please don't pounce if this is old news but I rode an R62A #6 downtown this evening around 5:30. 1741-1745 and 2141-2145 I believe. Are there more R62A's currently in service on the 6. Everything else I saw today was R142A
  10. Saw 9844 on the Q10 this afternoon and possibly on the Q60 this morning. I am not an expert so please don't consider this a dumb question but how do these buses get "gassed" up if JFK and LGA do not have the capability. Are they returned to CP st the end of each day?
  11. Thx for the info. Just saw 9871 running on the 39 this evening - the distinctive sound of 05 CNG's. I thought all of LGA's CNG stations were taken down. Obviously not.
  12. I looked out my window this morning shortly before 9AM in Long Island City and saw CNG05 99xx running down Thomson Avenue on the Q39. The designation on the back of the bus clearly said Q39 but I could not get the full number. The bus must have gone out of rush hour service at Queens Plaza as it did not make a return trip to Ridgewood. All other buses running on the Q39 today are LGA buses. Is CP supplying some buses for LGA routes or has LGA taken a few CNG05's which I did not think was now possible.
  13. I rode the L train on Sunday evening for the first time in sometime and was sorry to see how poorly the interior of the nearly empty R143 car (81XX) looked. Most of the metal strips around the door wells had scratchiti and the floor was ripping in several spots. I realize all of the first of the NTT's (R142's, R142A's and R143's) are now more than 10 years old with the exception of the last 80 R142A's and perhaps some 1200 R142's, but I find the R142A's and especially the R142's - love my Bombardier trains - appear to be in much better condition than the R143's. Coney Island R160 Kawasaki cars - about 6 years newer at 5 years of age on average - are in top shape on the N and Q lines. Is there a program planned for the R142-3 cars as they have passed double digits to maintain the appearance of the interiors. The R143 on Sunday brought back memories of when I first strated riding the subway in the early/mid 70's and the various R30's - then some 10 years old - looked pretty bad. I thought the 70's were a thing of the past for the MTA. Does ENY do a poor job of maintaining equipment? As a regular rider of the Queens Blvd line, I find the interiors of the E R160's look much better than the interiors of the M R160's. Granted the E R160's are some 1 1/2 years or so newer on average (aside from 9943-9974) but the difference is notable. The only thing I will see for ENY R160's is that the exteriors appear to be cleaned more frequently than Jamaica R160's
  14. Back in Feb I saw an R42 (not in passenger service) at the Forest Hills Bound local platform at Roosevelt Ave around 11:15 AM. The side rollsigns were rolled 1/2way up but the Z was still partly visible. I had just stepped off a Jamaica bound E and was in a rush to catch the 7 to Main St so could not stay around. I assume the train was headed to Jamaica yard for some work. The train was certainly not running as an M. I have been a regular E and M rider and have never noticed anything but R160's on the M since service to Forest Hills began in June 2010. The rusty topped R42 looked out of place at Jackson Heights where most trains passing through are R160's along with the R46 R trains. People on the platform seemed to gasp looking at the rusted train with scratched windows which Queens Blvd riders are not used to.
  15. I know the last 10 cars (4141-4150) were delivered with a/c units. I recall riding in these cars back in the 70's going to school. Why then were the first 200 R40's delivered without a/c. Was there a problem with the a/c units on the R38's? Were some R40's delivered before 4141-4150 were delivered? As an aside, I preferred the 38's to the 32's. I rode the Queens Blvs line to school in the mid 70's. That line did not have 32's (nor did it have 42's) back then. I always thought of 32's and 42's as BMT cars as a result. Queens Blvd line back then had 38's, 40's (slants and nonslants) 44's and then started to receive the 46's during my 2nd year of high school. There was also the older equipment (R16's for the EE and GG) and some R9 or earlier cars. I am not as familiar with pre R32 models.
  16. Buses (particularly MCI's) don't run on air and drivers don't volunteer to work for nothing. It comes down to money which does not grow on trees. If the ridership is not there the servive should not be there.
  17. As a regular E train rider I can agree with this especially in winter as all E stations are below ground. There is a concept of public nuisance which should allow these mentally unstable people to be thrown off the trains. I have stepped into cars on the E train where the stench from the homeless is overwhelming. I watched just the other day from the Manhattan bound Court Square platform as a Queensbound E pulled in with 2 packed cars sandwiching an empty car, aside from 1 homeless looking person. Last Friday I rode a very crowded Queensbound E train around 1AM which had homeless persons in each of the 3 cars I checked. I recall being at the Forest Hills station many years ago and a police officer boarding local trains starting out and banged his nightstick on the seats to wake up the homeless and boot them off. These people should be rounded up, stripped, hosed down with Lysol and then given clean clothes as their old clothes get burned. If you can't take minimal care of yourself you should forfeit your rights for the sake of the greater good.
  18. It is only natural for the MTA to regularly analyze service to see where cuts can be made and where service can be enhanced as neighborhoods throughout the city change. Cuts are not necessarily bad things. If a bus line is not well utilized, it has to go. The MTA has increased service on the well used L line. The MTA sources of funds is not unlimited. I still think some express buses should be cut.
  19. Maybe a dumb question but why are seats in 7 year old buses replaced with seats from much older scrapped buses? I don't ride buses that often but rode a CS OG 07 last week and was surprised when I saw the seats. I thought all seats from the late 90's onward had some padding on them. I guess the seats on the OG 07 were from an old RTS.
  20. Hasn't that been at LGA for a while now, when the first bunch of 9300's (20 some odd buses) went to LGA in 2008? Looks like many of these are gone now (RIP) as I see most everything but 9300's (8800's, 8900's etc) on LGA routes now.
  21. I have on occasion eaten a cereal bar (from the wrapper) or wrapped candy when I want a quick energy boost on the subway but never anything like a slice of pizza or container of Chinese food. But even with the cereal bar, I have dropped small crumbs on the floor (never the wrapper). The problem is even for those who intend to clean up after themselves, accidents happen and stuff spills. A few months back on the 6 train a guy standing next to me tried to empty a small milk packet into his McDonald's coffee. I was worried that he would spill coffee on me. The other night I board the E train and someone's big gulp sized cup had just toppled over and the liquid covered a good part of the floor and started to enter the motorman's cab. I am in favor of the food ban. How many people are on the subway for more than an hour at a time. We have to be considerate of others. A subway car is not like a seat in a movie theatre or Yankee Stadium. The ban is much needed.
  22. I am just curious - what was so unique about the R32GE's. I have been a regular E train rider for years so I know the R32's quite well from the days when only R32's ran on the E line. Jam yard had about 400 R32's in its heyday so I am sure I have ridden the R32GE's.
  23. Definitely a poorly produced segment when you consider that the R46's are only some 12 years or so newer on average (midpoint of delivery schedule) than the R32's and the C actually runs R46's in summer months. I agree the better comparison would be between the C and E trains. The C is bad because it runs only 8 cars (for no reason, unlike the J, L & M whose platforms cannot accomodate trains longer than 8cars) which causes overcrowding the 1st and last car at times, only runs R32's (aside from the summer months) and is the only line to run the R32's. The E ran only R32's up until almost 4 years ago as R40's and R42's started to appear in mid 2008 with R160's coming in late 2008 with the line all R160 by mid 2009. Unlike years ago when many types of cars ran on any 1 line, most lines run only 1 type of train today. Of course keep in mind the R160's retired fully R38's, R40's (slants and M's), R42's and R44's so that the system has fewer types of cars now than it had prior to 2000 when NTT;s first came on the seen.
  24. When did Jamaica Center open as Queens terminus for the E? I cannot recall. Did the opening of that terminus prompt R service to 179th St. Back when both the E and F terminated at 179th St, the F ran express (Parsons, Union Tpke and Continental) while the E stopped at 169th, Van Wyck, 75th Ave in addition to the express stops. F express was daytime only, I am not sure about weekend service.
  25. I recall the first 5 car set 160A's (60 cars) were supposed to run on the G but never did. Could still happen with those cars at CI and the G out of CI. The G now is running R68A's as opposed to R68's as was the case when the switch to CI was made
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