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  1. Or they could be doing a 6:30pm or 7pm trip on another route (or that general timeframe) for their second trip instead of a QM1 trip.
  2. The X10 hasn't ended at 23:40 on Saturday for a long time. I'd say at least 10 years.
  3. The Q76 seems like a more student-oriented route. I find it odd that it has that few trippers. Seems a little late for schoolkids. Could also be a rookie operator operating a little slower than a typical Q76 operator and so the same follower always catches the leader.
  4. Could be a school tripper scheduled closely in front of/behind a regular trip
  5. If the trip is deadheading back to College Point anyway, the marginal cost of having it swing through Whitestone might not be too much. I agree those trips likely aren't needed but I'd like to see the numbers on those first. Reverse-peak service in general (as you recall I mentioned with the SIM2) is dirt-cheap to operate. Cutting alternate S46 buses to Forest Avenue wouldn't save as much money as you think (the same way it costs almost as much to short-turn the S62 at CSI on Saturdays as it does to just run them to Travis. It's still the same 7 buses anyway) In any case, it all goes back to what I've been saying about Staten Island coverage vs. Manhattan coverage. If you ran the SIM2 & SIM4 (but ran them late into the evening on weekends, like 1am, and ran them every 30 minutes or better, that's a good compromise for not running them to Midtown IMO) The SIM2 started that early because the X17 started from Arden Heights that early and they wanted to make sure those early-morning riders could still get to Manhattan at the same time as they did under the old system. Here's the thing with Craig Avenue: I went to the CB3 meeting on February 6th with a bunch of SIM2 riders (maybe 15 or so) and we basically drowned out the Craig Avenue residents (one of them was there, and just mumbled something about the ridership study, which to be fair I agree with....but more from the perspective that they should've been more thorough and detailed in general). The thing is, even though the CB3 board members told them to come again to the meeting on February 26th, none of those riders showed up (to my knowledge). So they're very wishy-washy but if organized right, they can put up a good fight. Those changes are horrible, and the Academy planners are complete idiots. They only listen to complaints (because realistically nobody is going to send tons of emails priasing them, they'll just take it for granted). But basically, I think that the people who are positively affected by the current structure are opening up their mouths and pushing back (and I think that they outnumber those who benefit from the old convoluted route structure by a decent margin....the question is can they keep up the pressure long enough to prevent the changes?)
  6. Only thing I can think of is maybe the Bay Ridge trips interline with different things than the Victory Blvd trips (I know some come back as an S93 on the return trip so maybe that's why they're signed for Victory)
  7. Correct. And there's a huge overage. I think it's something like 500,000 students on the system every weekday (so IIRC the city was basically paying about $0.33 per trip and telling the MTA to eat the rest of the cost)
  8. Back in 2010 the city paid a flat rate of $45 million for the entire Student MetroCard program regardless of the number of swipes. See above. And yes that is true about the trippers. If a student gets driven I don't see the harm in giving them a MetroCard in case they need it on a particular day.
  9. The early-morning reverse-peak service was simply because those buses would've had to deadhead back to Staten Island anyway to do another inbound trip. Even if the bus is empty anyway at least it's available in the event someone does need it as opposed to being out of service. Right but part of the idea is to replace the eastern part of the SIM30/X30. The part of West Brighton/Randall Manor by Silver Lake Park is similar to the area by Martling demographically but ridership is much lower because people don't want to backtrack across the whole island to reach the Goethals. If the SIM30/X30 is cut back to Jewett and more trips are received in exchange (trips that are physically run of course and not missing) I think that's a benefit overall.
  10. It could just take the eastern half of the SIM30 along Forest & Victory like the old X16 and then have the SIM30 start at Jewett and just serve Port Richmond & Mariners Harbor/Graniteville. That way people in the West Brighton/Randall Manor area don't have to backtrack through the whole island to reach the Goethals Bridge. Only thing is it doesn't serve that area around Martling Avenue but if they can improve the schedule of both halves of the SIM30 split so that it ends later in the AM and starts earlier in the PM then it would be a good tradeoff IMO (because otherwise you know how they've been with restorations....they give back one route like the SIM11 and then they make cuts to a completely unrelated aspect of the SIM10....I can picture them doing the same with the SIM3 if you're not careful which is probably why she asked if you would run the X14 to Port Richmond....but just because you dodged that doesn't mean you're in the clear because one of the main aspects of the redesign on the North Shore was to beef up the X42 corridor and part of that includes diverting X14 riders to that area)
  11. The LIRR already offers premium-fare service to Downtown Flushing and has extra capacity. Also the Chinatown vans do provide some sort of direct bus service to Manhattan. It was technically done as part of the Q33 split/restructuring so it's not an entirely new route.
  12. On Staten Island they had the opposite problem: Too much runtime. They copy-pasted pieces of the old schedules (which I'm sure you've heard me mention before) and that includes the runtime. So when people were complaining "we're not saving time with fewer stops" a lot of it was because operators were holding at stops or driving slowly to avoid running early. I'm sure you saw my SIM8X post....the EXACT SAME running time as the regular SIM8 even though it skips 8 stops and runs nonstop from the mall to Lamberts Lane. (Actually it might be worse because I think the SIM8 stop is the stop before Westport Street) There's a few others I brought up (all the "via NJ" routes after 7pm tend to either drag the line or run hot within Manhattan) Yes it is. Things published in BusTime are usually also published in the Trip Planner (and often Google Transit but not always)
  13. Those are all low headway/high frequency routes. You had it right the first time. The SIM3C is a low frequency/high headway route

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