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  1. I would respectfully have to disagree with your assessment of the Bronx as it pertains to the line. There have been infrastructure improvements along the Grand Concourse for the better part of a decade. You would be hard-pressed to find any abandoned buildings; in fact, new construction is up in the area along the entire length of the Grand Concourse as well as commercial shopping strips and new schools. With Manhattan rents and properties soaring through the roof, all neighborhoods in the boroughs are prime for development. Now as for the main topic at hand, the line, while vastly improved since 2010, is still underutilized during the weekends. Even the future extension to Essex Street falls short of what's needed on both sides of the line. As a former resident of Forest Hills, the is completely inadequate along the QB corridor as the only local. Moreover, a 50% reduction in 6th Avenue service on the weekends does not make sense either since the could alleviate a significant amount of overcrowding on the . I don't know the details on how the MTA plans for future service, but it needs to really look at service proactively rather than reactively. If we know that a development, commercial or residential, is planned (i.e. Domino Sugar plant conversion), we can't wait for the thousands of people to actually move in there to address transportation needs. Donald Trump's Riverside Blvd development is still ongoing with more towers going up along the Hudson. The IRT lines are wholly inadequate for the explosion in population there. The IND Central Park lines need to be beefed up especially on weekends. Just my $2.50!
  2. 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Oct 4 - 7 No L trains between Lorimer St and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. • Service operates in two sections: 1. Between 8 Av and Lorimer St. 2. Between Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs and Rockaway Pkwy. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Lorimer St and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. In the past, the was extended to 57th Street to compensate for the loss of direct Manhattan L service. Why did this stop?
  3. The did have R46s at one time (from 1976) when it ran to Forest Hills and used the Jamaica Yard. In 1987, it switched terminals with the , which ran to Astoria, and the R46s were put on the .
  4. A bottle works great for guys but what about female T/Os?
  5. No trains between 47-50 Sts and 71 Av trains provide alternate service Late Evenings, 9:30 PM to 11:59 PM, Mon to Thu, Apr 8 - 11 Service operates between Metropolitan Av and 47-50 Sts, and via the to/from 57 St. trains provide alternate service at 5 Av/53 St and Lexington Av/53 St. trains make all stops between Queens Plaza and 71 Av. trains make local stops between Roosevelt Av and 71 Av. • Transfer between and trains at W 4 St. • Transfer between and trains at 34 St-Herald Sq. • Transfer between and trains at 57 St. Alternate travel note: trains provide alternate service at Court Sq. Reminder: Late night service operates between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av. If the and are running as normal, why are trains terminating at 57th Street? Why not run the through East 63rd Street to Continental?
  6. With the mad rush to do last-minute holiday shopping, which lines would you recommend? I would start off with the ; it has the following: Metro Mall at Metropolitan Avenue Myrtle Avenue business district in Ridgewood Knickerbocker Avenue (lots of mom and pop shops) Flushing Avenue Essex and Delancey Streets Broadway-Lafayette Street (SOHO) West 4th Street 14th Street Herald Square Fifth Avenue-53rd Street Steinway Street Grand Avenue Woodhaven Blvd. (Queens Center Mall) 63rd Drive Rego Park I'm sure there's a lot more!
  7. Thanks. Your comments make perfect sense, however, please note that there were no service advisories from the MTA website telling passengers to use the after service was restored. There were no advisories telling riders to transfer to the , , or . Anyway, it was an interesting week and as a rider, I'm curious to see if this rise in ridership will continue or peter out!
  8. That does not answer my question. What is the explanation for this "overcrowding?" This is a line that was almost relegated to shuttle service just a few years ago. It has seen steady growth in ridership since it was rerouted to Forest Hills and it has siphoned some ridership from the . But I have never seen this line crush loaded to the point of service advisories encouraging the use of the instead. service had already been restored (November 8-9) by the time the was declared overcrowded; some of the service advisories were past 9pm. I have been using this line since the 1960s and I can't account for such a dramatic increase in ridership especially on off-peak hours. Ridgewood is becoming fashionable as are parts of Bedfor-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg but gentrification has been gradual, not overnight. I would love to hear an insightful analysis of what's happening. Is this just a fluke for this week or is the something of a wunderkind?
  9. This past week, the MTA urged riders to use the and transfer for the at Essex because of overcrowding. The had already been restored. The service advisories were even in the evenings. What was/is going on?
  10. This past week, the MTA urged riders to use the and transfer for the at Essex because of overcrowding. The had already been restored by Thursday and Friday. What was/is going on? Some of those service advisories were in the evening hours.
  11. This past week, the MTA urged riders to use the and transfer for the at Essex because of overcrowding. The had already been restored. What was/is going on? I haven't seen crush-loaded trains in that part of Brooklyn since the 1970s.
  12. Just out of curiosity, the M was initially suspended before resuming modified service to Second Avenue. How does an entire line already in service get "suspended?" What happens to all of these trains that are already running and how do they get them back to "resume" service. Same thing happens on the B when there's a problem. That's a lot of rolling stock to simply put away in a yard.
  13. I don't see any necessity of switching express service for 49th Street. Either the runs completely express or local, but not both. Spreading the delays into the future makes the Broadway line as inefficient then as it is now.
  14. I didn't mean to say that advertising was enough; however, every dime should be squeezed before asking for fare/toll increases. I agree completely with John Samuelsen and the waste of money at 2 Broadway and Madison Avenue.
  15. Interesting. However, we can see vandalized ads throughout the system such as on the Concourse line. Why remove ads on one line and not another?
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