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    Riders Alliance "Fix the Subway" Campaign

    That's what we hear. I browsed through the bill the state legislature passed back in 2009 a little while ago and I don't recall seeing any language expressly requiring the authority to raise fares every two years, but don't quote me on that. I'll have to recheck the law again when I have time. If the authority is already forced to raise fares every 2 years, then holding hearings and a board vote about fare hikes as they do seems a bit superfluous. Anyway, I was a bit pressed for time this morning so I wasn't able to make a more detailed OP, but I will elaborate on Riders Alliance's activities soon.
  2. I will post about events from Riders Alliance's Bus Turnaround campaign in this thread. --------------------------------------------- http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50801/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=97009 Tomorrow: Rally protesting the upcoming fare hike.
  3. I will post about events from Riders Alliance's Fix the Subway campaign in this thread. ------------------------------------------------------- http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50801/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=97009 Tomorrow: Rally protesting the upcoming fare hike.
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    Planned Subway Service Changes

    So just glancing at the MTA site for next weekend, it looks like the will all be not running between Brooklyn and Manhattan while the will both have their frequencies slashed to every 12 mins/5 TPH, alongside the and . It'll probably be a complete shitshow. On a normal weekend, between the Montague, Joralemon and Clark St Tunnels and the Manhattan Bridge, 44.5 TPH are scheduled (45.5 before the had its service reduced earlier this year). Granted most weekends have some reduced service, but next weekend will see only 20 TPH between those four lines which is probably a record low or something. The is ostensibly having its service reduced because southbound trains are running express from 14th to Chambers. Fine, except that same GO is happening this weekend and the did not have its service reduced - which I'm assuming was because of the Brooklyn Half-Marathon yesterday. There's no big marathon next weekend, but the fact that the will all be out between Brooklyn and Manhattan should surely justify not cutting service on the remaining lines too much. And I'm not just saying that as a Nostrand Av Line rider. Have we had any recent weekends when the were all knocked out between Brooklyn and Manhattan at the same time? I understand the necessity of this work, but all of the above on one weekend seems a bit excessive.
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    Planned Subway Service Changes

    The agency actually put out a press release about the line work this weekend. At least they're being responsive... http://www.mta.info/press-release/nyc-transit/mta-nyc-transit-lirr-offering-robust-alternate-service-customer-outreach
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    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    Byford is apparently running test trains to gauge the accuracy of signals around the system. This was mentioned by an angry T/O at one of the Fast Forward town halls (angry about T/Os getting penalized for tripping red signals), who said this wasn't public knowledge, but it's apparently a thing. Maybe that's already known here but it was news to me at least.
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    Planned Subway Service Changes

    The is also listed as running every 12 minutes this weekend. Has the agency announced when a route is cut to every 12 minutes before? This is the first I remember seeing of it. Still, it sucks to be a lower White Plains Road rider. Having the cut and having the reduced from 8 TPH during the day to 5... That's going from 13 TPH to 5, or some 72% percent reduction in service! Is there also work being done on the connection from the WPR line to the Jerome line, or is the flagging on WPR that bad? If it's just the latter, that's overkill.
  8. State law does allow cameras on the front (and on the back) of buses in a very limited fashion; it's restricted to a maximum of 16 (SBS) routes*. Here's the law: https://codes.findlaw.com/ny/vehicle-and-traffic-law/vat-sect-1111-c.html * - Well, the law is intended to authorize cameras for SBS routes, but going by the letter of the law the MTA and DOT could choose to place cameras on up to 10 bus routes of any kind, including express routes. But of course, for every hypothetical local/limited/express route the MTA/DOT places cameras on, that's one less SBS route that can use the cameras. The law will automatically expire in 2020 if the state legislature does not renew it. If the presumably more mass transit-friendly Democrats can win control of the state senate next month maybe they and the state assembly could be convinced to expand the scope of the law once the time comes to discuss renewing it, but I wouldn't hold my breath. (Of course, if the Republicans retain control of the state senate, they could expand the law too, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that either.) Edit: Almost forgot, there is a bill in the state legislature now that would allow the cameras to be used on every single bus route and repeal the end date of the program, but it was only introduced in both houses in May and didn't make any progress before the legislative session ended in June. So we have to wait and see if this bill is reintroduced next year and advances or dies. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s8597
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    Increases in 6 and 7 service April 2019

    So the agency projects that even after these trips are added, Queens-bound trains on weekday evenings between 8:30 and 9:00 PM will continue to be overcrowded, and they can't increase service further because of the "need to maintain even rampdown of service during transition from PM peak period to evening". Can somebody who knows more about operations shed some light on this and why this is an obstacle? Unrelated, I'm not a regular rider, but isn't there regularly congestion between Willets Point and Main Street during parts of the PM Rush partially caused by some trainsets going out of service and returning to Corona Yard? Couldn't having a couple of trainsets remain on the road longer to provide additional service in the evening help reduce those delays somewhat?
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    Fix & Fortify - 14th Street Tunnels Closure

    It's been 50 years since revenue service last ran from Canarsie down Broadway in Brooklyn, right? I wouldn't expect any area politicians to know about such a service or advocate for it. I would hope none of them oppose this additional bus service.
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    Fix & Fortify - 14th Street Tunnels Closure

    A new bus route, the L5, will run rush hours only between Utica Avenue and the B42 terminal in Canarsie Pier, along Remsen Av, Flatlands Av and Rockaway Pkwy, to provide additional service to Canarsie during the shutdown. http://www.mta.info/press-release/nyc-transit/mta-bring-additional-temporary-bus-route-fully-ada-compliant-subway
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    Enhanced Station Initiative

    I meant that ever since the ESI was put on hold, the agency stopped using that term in press releases announcing talking specifically about the rehabs (for example: http://www.mta.info/press-release/nyc-transit/broadway-39-av-nw-stations-undergo-extensive-repairs-renovations) For the regular press releases for weekend service changes that go out each week, the term "ESI" still gets used. But why would we expect consistency from the MTA.
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    LIRR Third Track Project

    No, P3F and I are talking about the Third Track. The MTA awarded the contract for the Third Track late last year and the contractor has been doing some preparatory work here and there in 2018 so far. But last week was the "official" groundbreaking for the project/Cuomo pre-election photo-op.
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    September 2, 2018 Bus Route and Service Changes

    Yeah, I remember somebody saying on this on Subchat or somewhere that Green Bus Lines, which used to operate the Q89/Q9A, created the route primarily to prevent other bus companies from running service on that section of Linden Blvd. I don't know how true that is, but I can't think of any other explanation for its extremely poor headways and downright bizarre span of service. If that reasoning is true, it seems like in a weird way, the Q9A/Q89 accomplished its goal? Since the MTA never did anything with it after taking over the route and that portion of Linden Blvd continues to be without local bus service to this day. I wonder if the MTA kept the route around just because they didn't want to look like they were cutting service.
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    LIRR Third Track Project

    I believe the MTA has been doing bits of work here and there. This was just an announcement to make Emperor Cuomo look good before the gubernatorial primary election this week. Nothing more.


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