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  1. At the meetings, Byford says "ideally we want them on our buses instead of the vans and we want to make our service more attractive". We'll see if that comes to fruition
  2. Right, I forgot that rehab project going on.
  3. Wonder why they didn't mention the Q32 as an alternative. Or stayed on the to 181st Street or 207th Street (out of the ones going to 207th) and caught another crosstown Bronx bus directly to their stop. Wonder why they didn't mention the uptown to West 4th as an alternative. The cross-honoring on the Hudson Line was up to Ludlow. Also they put up some bus alternatives as well which was good to see. Seems a bit odd to just run some shuttles from Coney Island to 86th Street.
  4. My latest blog post: https://checkmatechamp1.blogspot.com/2019/11/remaining-issues-by-area.html?fbclid=IwAR0Y_iWq_HFanPW4P4YpNlb_DMGmqoxqqBZ5rC47KVCSVdmtgVb90VuBl2U
  5. All times except overnight. That general part of Brooklyn is pretty car-centric. But it's only a few blocks at most so it's not as if they have no transit service whatsoever. The other thing is from an operations perspective, it is rather silly to have a short-turn terminal a few blocks from the full-length terminal. Say an Avenue X bus is running late and the follower (an Avenue U/71st Street) bus caught up. Under normal circumstances the dispatcher might have the Avenue X bus flag some stops to get back on schedule, but then you'll get complaints from the few passengers who need to get past East 71st. It's the same reason I think the Bx27 service pattern is stupid (having some buses start/end at the ferry and others start/end a few blocks down, especially since there are homes right near the ferry terminal, so it's not like there is no ridership besides ferry-bound patrons) The bus was on detour, so it's always been a free-for-all as far as what B/Os do.
  6. I'm a little late to the party, but when I took Track Safety training for SIR, they said the tracks were inspected every day. So I assume the same applies to subway tracks. (For most railroads, track inspection only receives the most basic of protection. As a matter of fact, NYCT says that if the workers have access to a clear-up space within 15 feet, they don't need a portable train trip). But there's still railroads out there that perform track inspection under fully live traffic (as in, the trains don't even slow down when they see the worker). Though most of them have much wider rights-of-way and more access to clear-up spots.
  7. Correct. That's why he specified "full" Bx39 (personally I think if any portion should hsve overnight service it should be the southern end not the northern end) While they're at it I think they should give the Bx3 and Bx13 overnight service.
  8. With the BxM18 taken off of 5th Avenue those riders will either need to take the BxM1 or BxM2 if they want to use the express bus. Hence ridership will likely increase (by how much I don't know) on both.
  9. My guess is trying to expand coverage (you have 55 Water Street and some other big buildings right there). But the off-street terminal probably also played a small role. I think part of it also involves beefing up the Midtown ridership base on the BxM2. Without the UES riders, it's going to need another ridership source that can take advantage of the (supposedly) quicker ride down the Henry Hudson Parkway
  10. My guess is they are looking to serve riders heading to Hudson Yards who don't want to be bothered with running around Times Square to reach the and climbing all those stairs at the Hudson Yards station
  11. I will say this, a case-by-case basis is better than just being afraid to remove any stop. But at the same time I don't think there is anything wrong with trying the opposite (trying for wider spacing and reviewing instances where it should be smaller on a case-by-case basis) And I agree that such a law should be implemented. But as the old taco seasoning commercial says "Porque no los dos?" (Why not both?) According to you, you used to miss the bus with a certain frequency (10%). Now you miss the bus with a higher frequency (30%). So if we are to attribute the increased missing of the bus with the stop removal then it would make sense that it would be the difference between the two frequencies, no? As for the assertion that all heavily used routes have limiteds, SBS, or subway lines paralleling them, I could think of a few offhand where that is not the case at all (Bx9, Bx22, Bx40/42, Bx3/11/13/35, B12, and then you have to consider that a lot of limiteds are rush hour-only and often peak direction-only) The maximum walk increased by 100 meters. That is different from the average walk which (assuming uniform density along the length of the route) would be about half the maximum. So it is only a 50 meter increase in the average walk (so that's about 83 meters per minute which is a hair over 3 mph which is typical walking speed) As for having a grid, most areas of the city have a localized street grid, even if the major arterials don't form a perfect grid. Case in point, the S79 SBS a few years ago. They saved runtime, and reinvested those savings into more trips and ridership boomed as a result (it wasn't quite cost-neutral because they added some S78 trips on weekends but within the S79 itself it was cost-neutral)
  12. The only major downside I see with that is that you would lose out on the connection to the Bx12 for passengers heading eastbound (well they would still have it but they would have to backtrack significantly or make a 3-legged transfer with the Bx39. But that being said, it does get me thinking of one potential modification to the Bx22 of combining it with the East 180th portion of the Bx40/42. If the Bx36 were to go to Westchester Square, the Bx40/42 truncated to Westchester Square (from Throgs Neck) and the Bx11 extended to Castle Hill, with the Bx22 covering East 180th/Burnside...well the obvious downside is the Bx22 wouldn't serve Fordham Road at all (which includes not only Castle Hill but Parkchester). The portion west of Fordham Plaza barely carries anyone (especially west of the and there's also the Bx28 covering that general area) so that wouldn't be a huge loss. Still, food for thought...
  13. 10% of 10 minutes is 1 minute. 30% of 10 minutes is 3 minutes. So the removal of that stop only added 2 minutes on average to your trip, which was probably just around the extra walking time to the bus. You just proved my point. It's publicised when you see all the other passengers do it and you ask the driver to do it as well... It might not be the biggest factor but it is one of the factors in bunching/unreliability. Maybe the average bus trip is so short because the stop spacing discourages longer-distance trips And that's what they did here...they eliminated stops on a case-by-case basis and as a result the spacing is still on the shorter end (the average spacing I think was 1092 feet which means there wwre plenty of cases of shorter spacing where necessary)
  14. As I've stated numerous times, it is not accurate that the further you walk, the greater your chances are of missing the bus. On average, the additional travel time will be equal to the time of the additional walking. Some of the time you are walking when the bus is approaching, but most of the time (depending on the frequency of the bus), you are walking during time you would've spent waiting anyway. Then in those cases it may very well make sense to just walk the whole way. But yet at the same time, you have to consider the longer-distance riders who benefit from the faster speeds. Also keep in mind that bus stops should be placed near major activity centers and transfer points, so the majority of people will not be walking the 500 feet. Slow trip times are also why people use Uber or car service (or dollar vans). Many stops are skipped....ehhh....depends on the route and the neighborhood it is passing through at a given time. I can definitely name neighborhoods where you will be stopping at every single stop for most of the day for pickup and/or-drop-off (and keep in mind that overnight, Request-A-Stop is in place). Also keep in mind that these small stops where you may or may not stop there contribute to unreliability and bunching. At the big stops, you know you're going to have to stop. But all of the little stops, you stop for one person, you miss the light, you stop for another one, you miss another light, and before you know it the following bus is right behind you. Keep in mind that the MTA planned on making cuts to the express service anyway (they mentioned in earlier committee meeting documents). So of course people are going to protest outright service reductions. That being said, not every single aspect of the plan received protest. The Central Bronx restructuring seemed to be pretty popular and the few comments that I heard about it were positive.

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