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  1. The Bx12 +SBS I took on Friday Afternoon was weird in that it was empty at Fordham Plaza (probably because it ran light there) but packed heading into Co-op City. This was just after 6 pm. I can't wait to see how the Bronx bus redesign addresses this but this route gets inundated with passengers along the entire length of it which still to this day boggles my mind.
  2. As the MTA is working on their ambitious project of redesigning the Bronx bus network they have gathered all of their data and have presented us with a detailed 'Existing Conditions Report' on the current state of the bus system which is linked below. The interesting feature of this is that it goes into overwhelming detail with information that is normally not available to riders without a freedom of information request. However, you have to read into the report to see if any possible changes are being suggested by the data and the information overload makes it really difficult to cue into what agenda they may have so read away and try to see if there's anything missing. https://new.mta.info/sites/default/files/2019-02/Bronx Bus Network Redesign Existing_FINAL.pdf
  3. I don't know what version of the screens are on the 55xx buses GunHill Depot is getting but the "Please Exit Through the Rear Door" announcement is done by the same voice that announces the stops. Also, I didn't know there was a Bx12 Plus route in the bus system.
  4. When is the next new fleet of express buses coming in?
  5. I don't know what's up with the Bx12 lately but I'm a lot less than impressed. Nearly every PM Rush there's parading (the term I'm coining for bunches that exceed 3 buses) and wide ass gaps otherwise and today I go to Pelham Bay to see a sardine can SBS bus sitting at the Eastbound stop with two more SRO (or close to it) buses right behind. This is in addition to an SRO local bus pulling in to terminate (since when does the local carry this well to be terminating SRO) and two more locals close behind.
  6. As someone with a very low list number (meaning near the top of the list) I would like to know if I have to apply to online postings under the exam title to move forward with this or if I just wait to figure out the next step. P.S. I am in the top 10 of the list.
  7. I went to the Co-op City town hall and have a few comments. - A decent contingent of folks want the pre-2010 service pattern of the Bx26 and Bx28 running through all 5 sections of Co-op City. - The meeting was interactive so folks sat with planners in groups and discussed their current commutes, problems with the system and what side of different network trade offs (ridership vs coverage, direct vs indirect routes, more vs fewer stops) they fell on. - There was a request at my table to have either the BxM7 or BxM10 run trips to Lower Manhattan (a la BxM18 for the NE Bronx) - There was very little comment about the performance of the Bx12 +Select and what needs to be done there. - One lady who lives in Eastchester says she uses the Bx30 to reach the BxM10 every morning and says she would like the BxM10 to makes stops along Boston Road from the depot to Eastchester Road so she can avoid her transfer. - A lot of complaints about the current system related to things that can be resolved without redesigning the routes. There were complaints about the interiors of the buses lacking appropriate standing room and the lack of accurate real time information presented to riders at stops. Those two things among others can be done while keeping the map in tact. - Commuters don't seem to understand that there are network trade-offs that have to be worked out or have the selfish attitude that they should be ignored to preserve THEIR particular commute pattern. Folks I discussed things with wanted a network focused more on frequency than coverage but wanted more stops (so folks don't have to walk out of their section's loop to reach a bus) and also wanted as few transfers as possible. The latter two requests would suggest coverage is far more important than frequency and no one would want the pre-2010 service pattern back if coverage wasn't the dominating concern. - I come away thinking that a redesign is a solution in search of a problem. When special requests and current commutes are analyzed the MTA will be left with no choice but to design a network that is almost identical to the one that's there now. In fact one lady at my table said all she wants is for the current routes to be more frequent and reliable.
  8. I hope they are publicizing these meetings through different channels as well. Although this is framed as a redesign, I don't expect any radical changes as far as the Bronx is concerned. The current heavy hitter routes show too much potential (even with the losses in usage) for their physical routing to be altered in any way and the coverage routes are fine as well for the most part. Improvements need to be made to increase trip speed but that needs to be a DOT project improving traffic flow or what I will continue to harp on being necessary are all door boarding and stop consolidation.
  9. There's one word that comes to mind when I see these numbers it's.... TANKING. I see losses nearly across the board and I can list off a few that were 10% or greater just within a year. I can't wait for our high ridership routes to play the game of 'How low can we go?' in 2018? All of our busiest routes are down a few thousand riders per weekday (at a minimum) from their numbers in the 2000's and early 2010's. The fact that our high ridership routes are suffering the most (as is the case in Chicago and LA to add some US parallels) shows that the problem with the system as perceived by riders is the inability (or IMO, unwillingness) to handle high passenger demand. The main focus for the redesign efforts should be on capacity for the busiest corridors of the city so rider's aren't shunning M15 like routes above all. We need to make our buses great again (pun intended) and the places to start are 1st/2nd, Utica, Fordham, Nostrand etc,..
  10. Yesterday during PM rush hour I’m catching the Bx31 northbound at Pelham Parkway and four buses pull in together when the headway is 10 minutes. 😖
  11. The Hanover signs on the 54xx LFSA's are straight up awful.
  12. I think this should be locked.
  13. I've seen a report about the double decker X17J and based on the information given one of the trips took 2 hours and 36 minutes. Why on earth do we have routes that long? Also, that trip ended a minimum of 45 minutes late based on the scheduled X17J trips.
  14. One thing I find very disappointing is that PM Rush Hour is scheduled from 4 to 7 pm yet around 6 pm everyday I see a bunch of buses Not In Service heading to their home depots (especially at GunHill). Why is that a significant amount of rush hour service ends before rush hour is finished leaving the back end of rush hour (6 to 7 pm) a rougher trip than the front end (4 to 5 pm)?
  15. That makes more sense but editing the post to add loss only takes a couple of seconds and clears up a whole lot.
  16. Aren't the latter two permanent fixtures in the top 10 for ridership? Of course they will reach it if they're always there. The former tanked it's way out of the top 10 and may soon be out of the top 20. The MTA seems to have some fetish for these routes which involves reducing service levels. It is beyond my imagination what the deal is here.
  17. I mentioned on here before that Commuter service should be increased within the city with fares competitive with the subway. The cost of running a few more TPH in the Bronx and Queens is far lower than the subway upgrades necessary to bring the Lex and QBL where they need to be. You're also likely to garner decent usage on these commuter lines as well since the rail portion of trips would be short and people can connect to the same local buses they're already using to get to the subway.
  18. Who ever said the MTA wants to win back bus riders? Most of their moves suggest they're okay with losing even more riders as they complain about the decrease.
  19. What schedule is the Bx12 +SBS running on today? Today didn't seem so bad at least compared to typical Bx12 +SBS standards. I'm not going to be happy when the kiddos are back to school and Bx12 local service has been cut once again.
  20. Don't let the low rankings of Dyre Av stations fool you. The vast majority of those boardings are Southbound during the AM Rush when only 7 TPH are running on the Dyre. The from Dyre fills up very quickly. Most cars have 75-80 passengers on them entering East 180th (AM Rush only) which is way too much considering the crowding the will end up seeing further along the route. If only there were someway to run more than 7 TPH from Dyre Av in the morning the wouldn't be so bad. It's sad that folks who ride the the in mid-afternoon to head to Manhattan get more frequent service than a peak traveler.
  21. Has the Bx41 SBS seen any action with 5468 and 5476 yet? Also, what will it take for the masses to learn that the Bx5 runs to Bay Plaza on weekends? It seems like a well kept secret given the ridership patterns from Bay Plaza to Pelham Bay.
  22. The priorities of the MTA at this point should be to 1. Stop the bleeding. - Take the routes seeing ridership losses of 10% or greater (most of which are in Manhattan and Brooklyn) and make any necessary improvements to them on a route by route basis. I would not recommend SBS anywhere but I would definitely go for increased short turns, better frequencies and in the odd case a restructuring of the route. 2. Avoid future bleeding. - Look at routes that are not losing big but still get tons of complaints (your Bx36, B82 and others of similar vein) and follow step 1 with those. I would recommend a split in the case of the Bx36 but that can be discussed another time. These routes are where your future bleeding will occur if left unaddressed 3. Maximize potential ridership - Take a serious look at travel patterns in 2018 and reorganize the network as a whole around them. This is where we dive into the weeds of feeder routes and coverage routes and actually make sure that these routes satisfy the demand of our lower density neighborhoods and thus we’re maximizing ridership overall. The problem is that extensive origin and destination data is necessary (even for other modes) is necessary to determine good ideas for improvements here. All three should be done simultaneously but since I only trust the MTA to address one at a time they should start with #1 first.
  23. My rebuttal to checkmate was founded more in the logic that the frequency of service becomes the main criteria to evaluate routes in an ideal world where the vast majority of routes are reliable. Routes with low frequencies (while needed) just wouldn't appeal enough to get an A if all routes are graded on the same scale and pass the reliability test. Checkmate seems to think any route that is useful and reliable should get an A while not considering that a 3 minute headway can be rated equivalently to a 15 minute headway and one of those is much worse on paper than the other. A route's report card grade to me is not some evaluation on it's existence more than a reflection of what the average joe would think about that route if he used it. The average joe wouldn't be giving A's to the Bx29 and F's to the multitude of low headway routes that have them in any world where the service made sense.

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