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  1. Just my two cents... From what I'm reading here and from what I've been through personally so far, I could give two shits about them doing away with schedules. A majority of the time the buses can't even keep up with those damned things! Keep in mind that these schedules are just rough guidelines for when a bus MIGHT show up. There's too many factors affecting how these things run. Also, unless you've been to Zerega and trained there, you should know that Transit emphasizes safety- especially now that Vision Zero is a thing. They will tell you to basically throw your paddle "out the window" because you're most likely not going to make the time points listed on it. You'll get there when you get there. So all in all, I'm not surprised in the least bit. But, carry on. I'm neutral in this debate. Just something to keep in mind.
  2. Not surprised they're getting rid of those stops along the Q12. I used to live along Sanford, went to school on Sanford. At least things will move a little faster... Interesting that they adjusted the stop between Bowne and Parsons going east being midblock. I'll have to check that out.
  3. That is correct. In my class there were folks from 4600/7105 and 7612 all in there and some MTA Bus folks at graduation
  4. Don't know how recent this is but nowadays MTA runs a mentoring program for all new coming drivers. It's 10 days long, and you'll be paired with a senior driver. You'll pretty much go by their run which usually has weekends off and they're responsible for showing you the ins and outs of what you will be doing on a day-to-day basis on the job. Very valuable experience. After that, you'l go on to learn the rest of the lines at whatever depot you've chosen.
  5. If you already handed in the pre-employment packet, you'll have to do them again, but they will give you your old one back to copy off of it/add more information should things had changed
  6. DCAS states list number of the last person appointed was 805
  7. The medical exam is pretty much a routine physical. First you'll have your vitals checked, blood pressure, heart beat. They'll tell you to take a few deep breaths. Then they'll have you pee in a cup again and they'll test your urine for any chemical imbalances. After that you'll do the EKG, vision and hearing test. Then it's back to the doctor who first saw you when you were called in.
  8. I was one of those kids who got a half-price student card when I was in high school. It didn't serve me much purpose as I'd have to walk to a bus stop that's halfway through the walk to school (More like entirely out of my way). I never wound up using it despite getting them every year.
  9. I'm currently line training at my depot and yes it is perfectly fine to keep a note pad on you. Hell, even my superintendent from Day 1-7 suggested it while we were road test training at Eastchester. Once you get to your depot the union or whoever you meet on your first day there they should get you accommodated with all the routes the depot has. Then whoever you mentor with will guide you along the way. You'll do alright man.
  10. Heh those depots were open when it was our turn to pick. I'm surprised Gun Hill or Kingsbridge didn't pop up, they had a lot of openings for our class
  11. For our Day 7, we were taken along the B13 route and the surrounding side streets, going from Ridgewood all the way to Spring Creek and back. We did everything from acute left turns to right hooks. Basically utilizing all our skills in a sense. Best thing I could tell you is to never make the same mistake each day. Days 1-5 are for you to learn. Use the notes your instructor writes on your task sheets and think about what you can do to remedy that situation. Every slip-up I made from Days 1-5 never happened again. On my first day I had the bus veering off too close to my right because it felt a little overwhelming at first. It took some getting used to. Day 2 I offered to go first on making turns. I veered too close to a car on my right making a right turn. Got trolley braked. Took that experience, went home and thought back. Day 3 we learned bus stops. I did not notice my instructor had put his leg in the door while I tried to close it. Whoops. Wasn't paying enough attention. Didn't happen again! Day 4 I nearly veered into an el pillar because I got confused as to which mirror I was supposed to find the pillar on my right and lost it. Day 5 I was finally feeling more comfortable behind the wheel so driving in upper Manhattan wasn't as bad. Still got trolley braked because I did not utilize some extra space at a strange intersection. I also forgot to utilize a hook turn because I wasn't paying attention to how close I was to a curb. Had to be backed up and complete the turn. Day 6 I mistimed a turn signal and instantly had to go to Day 8 and 9. But! My Day 7 was flawless. My instructor was impressed. "Why couldn't you do that the days before?!" He'd said after I made a fairly difficult turn. It was hard but I got it done.
  12. No I passed it today. I go to my depot Tuesday.
  13. You'll be seeing me on Tuesday! I feel great today!

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