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  1. 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)!
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I think that the proper course of action for the MTA at this point to salvage the budget requires some drastic actions. I think the core of this should be the privatization of the services which the MTA provides, in conjunction with deunionizing transit employees to reduce overtime, benefit pay, and various other cost-intensive forms of spending. The MTA would therefore shift its focus from an organization directly involved in the operations of transit to one which merely oversees network, schedule, and fare coordination. Ideally, I would subdivide the MTA into the following contracts (ideally for 5- or 10-year periods) for privatization: Subway: A Division B Division plus Staten Island Railway Bus: Contracts would be doled out to private companies on a depot-by-depot basis. LIRR: Port Washington Branch Main Line electric services South Shore electric services Diesel services MNR: Only the Hudson and Harlem lines would be privatized, each as its own contract. This is due to the nature of Metro-North's other services, which require coordination with other states to achieve ideal results.
  6. Oh, very well. Here's the list. A few notes: 1) This covers bus timetables ONLY. Some of these timetables (particularly those which are comprehensive books covering a full geographic area) also contain timetables for other forms of transit (trains, tram, subway, ferry, even cable cars in the case of some Swiss items). 2) I do not count duplicate items. Therefore, this list may be seen as a list of "unique items" in my collection. 3) While the list does not date my items, almost all non-American stuff (with the exception of some British and Canadian items, as well as a few scattered items from other nations, such as a no-longer-published book covering bus services in Stavanger) dates from 2018 at earliest. Even most of the items I have from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States typically are from 2017 at earliest, with some notable exceptions (for instance, my STM items from Montreal date from August 2015, and the aforementioned Stavanger publication is dated December 2014). 4) Some networks listed do not indicate how many items in my collection are from that operator. Some may not even indicate a single item! This is either because the item is damaged and is kept indexed solely because I have been unable to find a replacement copy (an example is my timetables for Belfast's #2 bus route, which is not included in the total Translink tally), the "timetable" is effectively a frequency guide (this is often the case with Spanish items), or that information on that operator's services are consolidated in another operator's publication (an example here is found in the transit systems of Bettendorf and Davenport - both networks publish their timetables in the booklet produced by Quad Cities Metrolink). 5) Some items are included on the list on account of technicalities (for instance, the Market-Frankford Line timetable in my collection is counted as a bus timetable despite it being a rail service because it contains full details on the Night Owl bus service which follows the corridor, including a complete timetable). 6) None of these items are printouts. Some, however, are or may be print-on-request, but are formatted well enough to be considered "official" (examples of this are York Region and non-V/Line timetables from the Australian state of Victoria). Without further ado, here is the list: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jx3ucky3k1sIJAScy_UsAUyyFMf6H5RK/view?usp=sharing And yes, feel free to ask for pictures of specific items.
  7. Compared to everyone else around these parts, my MTA collection more or less steers towards the "contemporary" aspect of only "surface-level collecting" (timetables and maps), and is much smaller in scope. Even then, most of my items date from 2014 to 2018... I really should replace the maps I have, IMHO... Anyways, here's a poor-quality photo of the stacks of timetables (solely for scale, not showing each individual leaflet): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dE1zAcm3AYWP6Du5XxdXHA-z2ATOMizo/view Now, if you really wanted to see some interesting stuff, just ask @Union Tpke or @Around the Horn as to what I have in my collection... we were fortunate enough to encounter each other many a time at college and both have been at the receiving end of my addiction in the past few semesters, much to a mixture of their excitement and chagrin.
  8. And it would probably still be the same 3% - you'll just be spending an extreme amount of money to run empty buses on a good chunk of these routes.
  9. This is, to be blunt, an awful redesign. Firstly, there are no bus connections to the subways in Queens (except for Far Rockaway). Most of the frequent corridors make little sense. For instance, the Foxhurst Line deviates southwards to serve Baldwin Harbor, an area with less ridership potential than the Merrick Road corridor. But for brevity, here are some gripes I have with my local area (West Hempstead): 1) The H55 (a replacement for much of the N6) doesn't need to deviate to serve West Hempstead LIRR. And honestly, why did you decide to effectively split the N6 into two when it's objectively a well-designed route as it is (high frequencies, heavy ridership, and 24/7 service)? 2) I actually don't mind the idea of a circular service serving parts of Hempstead (the H11). The problem is that the route you chose for the circular serves the portions of Hempstead with the lowest densities and highest incomes, and therefore the lowest possible ridership. 3) The H80 (a replacement for the N31/32) is a complete waste. Most of the 31/32's ridership north of Five Corners are long-haul riders coming from Far Rockaway/Inwood and heading to Hempstead. Since the H80 does not run south of Lynbrook, ridership is effectively castrated. You also deviated the route from West Hempstead's secondmost important street (Hempstead Avenue), which also has some high levels of poverty (particularly north of Poplar) and routed it down Nassau Boulevard and Cherry Valley... two roads with little to no commerce (except for a Stop and Shop), higher incomes, and less density. 4) Lakeview has no bus service. NONE. Lakeview is a relatively impoverished area with no rail access. On a sidenote, I designed my own new NICE network a while back: https://www.google.com/maps/d/drive?state={"ids"%3A["1pCzXd7Coxy9IFy0lfZZICs0GbxmQi6be"]%2C"action"%3A"open"%2C"userId"%3A"111641702466247885006"}&usp=sharing
  10. I actually think that subway and bus service will remain (relatively) unchanged. Commuter rail passengers are going to take the brunt of the cuts this time around, and they're going to be severe. I'm talking potential permanent branch closures (West Hempstead and Belmont, for instance), elimination of nearly all ticket offices, and elimination of off-peak fare severe.
  11. With the MTA's currently dire financial situation requiring the reallocation of limited financial resources in a particularly acute manner, what are some potential "doomsday" cuts we could see to the LIRR and MNR in the coming year or two? Here are some ideas which I floated in my head for the Long Island Railroad: LIRR: Systemwide: Eliminate CityTicket program, eliminate Atlantic Ticket program, implement higher fares, increase parking fees, remove off-peak discounts, and close all ticket offices besides Penn Station, Jamaica, and Atlantic Terminal. Babylon Branch: Eliminate all mid-day and reverse-peak express service. Montauk Branch: Reduce service east of Speonk to one train a day, Monday through Friday outside of summer months. Summer weekend service remains, but "premium fares" with a different pricing structure than regular LIRR fares will be put in place. Oyster Bay Branch: Eliminate all non-peak service. Port Washington Branch: Reduce train service between Great Neck and Port Washington from every half-hour to every hour during non-peak hours. Ronkonkoma Branch: Eliminate all service east of Ronkonkoma, with the exception of summertime weekend service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport, which will be operated with a "premium fare" structure. West Hempstead Branch: Reduce service to two round-trip trains a day, weekdays only (1 AM Peak, one PM Peak), from West Hempstead to Jamaica. Belmont Park Branch: Eliminate all service except during the Belmont Stakes. Of course, the easiest way to solve any budget crunch would be to simply do the following: rein in the unions, and install turnstiles at all LIRR stations so conductors are no longer needed, thus saving on labor costs.
  12. Since the coronavirus pandemic is going to severely impact the MTA's already-dire financial straits, what are some potential solutions we can think of from the bus front to save cash? For me, the most obvious one is to shift all bus operations to private contractors, as NYCDOT used to do, on a depot-by-depot basis to ensure market competition. As controversial as it sounds, this may be the best course of action, as if the pandemic lasts as long as it is expected to, the MTA isn't getting back on its feet without massive cuts which will make 2010 look like a minor service reduction. Another possibility is simply to abandon territory where the MTA competes with dollar vans, as many cash-strapped transit agencies did in the ex-Soviet Union during the 1990s. Neither of these are very appealing, but they may need to be done. Of course, the obvious answer is to break up the unions, but that's never getting off the ground.
  13. Finally, a reason to cut the N57 and put that money somewhere more useful, such as better bus service in Elmont.
  14. I made some pretty severe typos in this post. Next time, I ought to proofread a bit more!
  15. Baldwin Harbor, yes. West Hempstead, no. The West Indians you see in West Hempstead are typically home aides and babysitters for the area's rapidly expanding Orthodox Jewish community, which probably is about 1/3th of the population in the area as whole now, and a sizable majority in the triangle of Hempstead Avenue, Woodfield Road, and Eagle Avenue.
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