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  1. Anyone else notice that printed LIRR timetables have been "temporarily" eliminated, most likely as a stealth budget cut? Yet before the pandemic, the MTA somehow had the money to churn out the production of thousands of temporary timetables which were valid for one or two weekends only...
  2. Considering that Transdev had to work with some really threadbare budgets during their tenure at NICE, I'd say that they did a decent job considering the circumstances... certainly better than the MTA would have done in the same situation. As for TfL, bus operations in Greater London were never deregulated. Neither were those in Northern Ireland (but there's a different reason for that). Outside of London, there have been many private operation success stories, such as Stagecoach East Scotland's express network and TrentBarton.
  3. Watch as the MTA cuts the remaining printed schedules available for commuter trains and buses as well to save money. The only way to figure out how long you'll be waiting for a bus will likely be third-party apps. Maybe the MTA should only sell GTFS data for a fee to third parties as a revenue stream (assuming this is not the case already)?
  4. This is unsurprising and expected. It's been obvious for years that bus operations are the black sheep of the MTA and are treated as somewhat disposable. But I also don't feel sorry for the MTA. They've been fiscally irresponsible for years on end, and have proved that they cannot competently manage the operation of routes, especially those which really should be successful (such as the B41). I think the path forward for MTA bus operations should be either TfL-style tendering of bus depots to private operators (albeit with integrated fares), or complete privatization, Buenos Aires-style.
  5. It had to do more with the bait-and-switch of the map concept, rather than topic at hand. Frankly put, it probably wasn't funny to begin with. My apologies.
  6. Part of that is because of the bad PR public transport gets regarding cleanliness and health (even before the pandemic). Government advice (not just in NY, but in other places domestically and internationally) has also stated that, in effect, public transit should be the "mobility of last resort", which makes the recovery process even more difficult. Scaremongering doesn't particularly work well. Instead, what the MTA should be doing is reassure people through quality marketing (something which the agency is NOT good at) that subways and buses are indeed safe to ride. Case in point, take a gander at Transdev UK's PSA:
  7. After the debacle of my "future MTA bus map", it's time for some serious policy proposals regarding the subway in the face of this adversity. Of course, these are still dire (as should be expected). All services should expect sizable reductions to frequencies, so this post solely covers changes in route alignments: - No changes. - No changes. - Late night and weekend service eliminated. Current weekday service pattern is retained. - Rush-hour trips to New Lots Avenue eliminated. - White Plains express and Nereid Avenue services eliminated. Weekday service is cut back to Bowling Green, and weekend service is reduced to operate as a shuttle from E. 180th to Eastchester. - Express service eliminated. - Express service eliminated. Times Square - Only one track will be in operation. - Elimination of Rockaway Park service. - Service reduced to peak hours only between 145th Street and Brighton Beach. - No changes. - No changes. - Jamaica/179th trips eliminated. - Elimination of Culver express service. - Southern terminus truncated to Smith-9th Street from Church Avenue. / - Elimination of service. In addition, weekend service now terminates at Essex Street instead of Broad Street. - One out of two trains operates from 8th Avenue to Myrtle/Wyckoff only, 24/7. - Late-night and weekend service cut back to operate solely from Broadway/Myrtle to Middle Village. - Now operates local on Broadway at all times. - No changes. - Late-night service cut back to operate solely between 59th and 95th Streets in Brooklyn. Franklin Avenue - Eliminated. Rockaway Park - Eliminated. - Eliminated.
  8. Frankly put, what I posted was meant to be a joke. I guess I should've posted it on SubChat. Perhaps reception would have been a bit warmer there.
  9. There will be bus service... but it may not be the MTA who is running it. I expect that dollar vans will proliferate in the coming years and that the MTA may "pull out" of areas where it dumps sizable resources into bus operations, only to continuously lose ridership on a yearly basis. This, of course, is due to the dire financial straits the agency is in. Will the map of the MTA bus network be blank like the one I posted? Probably not. But it will certainly shrink quite a bit.
  10. Decided to create a bus map of the future MTA bus network with the way the current financial situation of the agency is. https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1KmiMAixf5hf1ijCGPh17-5ecOStJi2p3&usp=sharing
  11. Yeah. I also noticed the similarity, but I can't put my finger on which one... As for the old style, it was the same design that the Savannah bus network (and, until recently, the New Orleans RTA) utilized. If you want to see real cookie-cutter timetable design, most Australian timetables are designed by one firm (Transit Graphics), using a few relatively standardized templates. Not that I mind - they're quite good (and, to their credit, they've diversified the layouts in the past two years)!
  12. Personally, I like many of the new elements of the schedules. They're slimmer and more condensed (making them easier to carry), the route maps are a big improvement, and the crowding indicator is a real plus. My biggest gripes are that the actual times do feel a bit cramped, and it is undoubtly confusing in regards to the indication and abbreviation of timepoints. There are plenty more confusing tables out there, however. Take HSR's #5 Delaware, for instance, which even has a disclaimer on how confusing it is! https://www.hamilton.ca/sites/default/files/media/browser/2020-06-02/route-5-delaware-covid-june.pdf
  13. This is a situation where a fare hike is absolutely necessary to keep the system afloat. I would even suggest implementing peak/off-peak fares on the subway and buses to encourage social distancing and reduce crowding at peak hours. This could easily be done in conjunction with the full rollout of OMNY.
  14. The private-public partnership that is NICE failed on account of the shoestring budget Transdev had to work with, as well as the nature of the operating area (sprawling suburbia with a mostly captive clientele is not conducive to being desirable for private transport investment). Yet I still have no doubt that Transdev managed the situation better from a financial standpoint than the MTA could ever do so. Privatization of this design has been successful in cities throughout the EU (particularly in France, where the local government issues contracts to private transit operators for X number of years with certain requirements and stipulations, such as investing in electric vehicles or expanding service hours). The reality is that the United States and Canada are "behind the curve" of public transit investment, as most places in other developed nations have already moved to this model of private outsourcing on a large scale (with the exceptions of some minor holdouts, such as Northern Ireland and parts of Tasmania). The fact that such a "union-unfriendly" idea as privatization can be undertaken in a country such as France to this scale indicates that perhaps unions overhype the threats of the concept (understandable, as it gives them less power and less political clout). But driving a bus is not the same as working in a slaughterhouse with poor ventilation or blasting steel for ten hours straight. I understand that the employees who spend their days working in the depot and not driving the buses can suffer similarly, but working conditions have improved in the past century, and the money saved from deunionization can not only be utilized to rectify problems such as poor ventilation through infrastructure upgrades, but improve service - all while saving money.
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