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JubaionBx12+SBS

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  1. The Manhattan numbers look a little better than expected. M15 gained in 2018 and moves back into #1. Question is whether that is a blip and the tanking will resume in 2019 or the M15 is actually performing decently enough to keep it's ridership. The outer boroughs are continuing to hemorrhage usage in a major way. If we are to believe these numbers. The numbers would tell us that the B6, which held stable in the low 40k range throughout the past few years of Brooklyn losses, just suddenly joined the tanking club in 2018 with a nearly 11% loss. I don't have any field observations of this route but I just get a vibe that the numbers for this route are suspect. Now in the Bronx, my field observations of the Bx12 suggests that ridership is still through the roof but then I look at this and see an 8% loss in usage (just in 2018). I'm not trusting that calculation one iota. They wait for the year to just about end to show the previous years ridership and then show numbers that look like they were pulled out of their ass. If these numbers are being fudged it's sure not fudging to make the MTA look good because why would you have two of the anchors of the bus network showing lower numbers on the stats then they're getting in real life on the streets. Nothing to really say beyond that since these numbers can't really be taken seriously. Automatic Passenger Counters are a necessity on our buses and should be what all planning decisions from here on in should be based on. To put the collapse (it's a collapse at this point) of the bus system in perspective here are the routes that took losses of 10% or greater in 2018 alone (so the MTA says) by borough.... Brooklyn - B6, B7, B12 (damn has this route fallen off), B14, B25, B45, B52, B60 Bronx - Bx3, Bx5, Bx11, Bx15, Bx16, Bx17, Bx18, Bx19, Bx21, Bx27, Bx30, Bx33, Bx34, Bx35, Bx36, Bx39, Bx40/42, Bx41 Manhattan - M8, M22, M35 Queens - Q11, Q21, Q26 Staten Island - S54, S57, S76/86, S89 Just about every express bus route did well, even the SI numbers are pretty good since the routes were redesigned and renumbered during the year. Some Queens MTAB locals gained as well so if there is a bright spot somewhere there you have it.
  2. - Co-op City is definitely going to be revised. While the goal here makes sense, the proposed implementation reeks of a baby walking before it crawled. Section 5 loses direct connections to anything other than the on top of the Bx30 being the sole route outside of the Bx23 for those in Sections 1 and 2. - Riverdale was the most vocal neighborhood in the public feedback (outside of Co-op) yet local bus service there was left untouched. The Bx10 staying untouched is weird given the streamlining that went on elsewhere on the map. I have a feeling that the express buses were the focal point of the commuters who were giving input from Riverdale. At least the Bx20 lives another day for those who find it useful. - I don't like the off peak BxM6/10 combo. Express buses off peak aren't exactly speed demons and this combo does add a good amount of off-highway mileage to the BxM10 which will make less appealing for folks riding from Baychester and Morris Park. - Most of the changes elsewhere make sense to me even if it's clear the goal was to streamline all around. I like what was done with the Bx40/42 in Throgs Neck and the re-route of the Bx40 along East 180th and Burnside is a pretty good idea to allow the Bx36 to take over Tremont and make that route more direct. The Bx36 is overdue for some sort of major change. - A lot of these changes work so well it's hard to tell they were made at first glance. I had to take two looks to see the Bx4A was shortened to Southern Blvd and that the Bx11 was extended to serve Parkchester. - The thing I want to see is how frequent these routes in Central and South Bronx end up being. The Bx36 is super frequent (on paper) due to the high ridership it has but some of that will get lost to the Bx40 and 11 in the redesign. The Bx36 will also gain some riders from those routes as well so it will be interesting to see how the BPH are allocated since that will be a huge factor in deciding who the winners and losers are with this revamp. - Although the infamous Bx12 SBS is not getting a routing change (none were necessary) it would have been nice to see them propose an increase in frequency. There's going to be improvements in frequency for a bunch of revised routes but not the busiest one at the moment which remains a constant rolling set of sardine cans. Goes to show they care more about making the new changes work then keeping the commuters of the established network happy. - I would end the Bx30 at Fordham Plaza heading south. Makes a lot more sense then Bronx Park East for extra connections plus you can truly cancel the demand for Bee-Line 60/61/62 within the Bronx since Fordham Plaza is the main origin/destination point for intra-Bronx riders on Bee Line. - Bx5 will see a major reduction in frequency post-revamp. That is a guarantee.
  3. Are there any routes in mind when you bring this up?
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. When is the next new fleet of express buses coming in?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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,..
  13. 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. 😖
  14. The Hanover signs on the 54xx LFSA's are straight up awful.
  15. I think this should be locked.
  16. 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.
  17. 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)?
  18. That makes more sense but editing the post to add loss only takes a couple of seconds and clears up a whole lot.
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