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  1. Someone should have called 911 on those idiots.
  2. There is no reason for railfans to be rushing to the J/Z in the middle of a pandemic if the R32's come back - you've had since 2013 to get in all your RFW rides and take pictures and video of the 32's on these lines. Respect the transit workers who are trying to do their jobs and stay healthy. Hopefully we can come out of this sooner rather than later and you can get your last R32 ride in during a proper farewell run.
  3. I get your skepticism but that would be unfortunate - Kawasaki is two and half years into designing and preparing to build these cars, so if the order was curtailed the MTA would have to pay them many millions for this work with little or nothing to show for it. My guess (and that's all it is) is that the base order cars will be delivered and that the MTA will find money for enough option order cars to fully replace the R46's and the Staten Island R44's, but that will be it.
  4. Just the resumption of in-store retail alone will increase ridership in my opinion, as more employees return to work. I hope the MTA is prepared.
  5. Thanks for the update. Just curious - by 'normal', do you mean the same level of service that has been operating during Phase 1 of reopening?
  6. Exactly - also, if the MTA tries to screw over Bombardier and pull some nonsense, they will very likely have some other carbuilders refuse to bid on their contracts.
  7. It is ridiculous to suggest that the R179's may not return to service. The MTA certainly has the right to require Bombardier to make the necessary fixes, but the expectation will be that the fleet will return to service as soon as satisfactory repairs are completed. I have not seen the contract between the authority and Bombardier but I have negotiated numerous multimillion-dollar business contracts myself - a purchase of this size will have a lengthy contract which will no doubt stipulate in detail how any defects or disagreements are to be resolved. There would be no language or provisions in a contract of this magnitude that would allow the MTA to simply walk away and send the cars back to Bombardier and get their money back - that is just not how it works.
  8. How do those essential riders get into the stations?
  9. This plan is OK I guess as a quick stopgap measure, but they are going to have to come up with actual replacement service if this is going to be in effect more than a couple of weeks. I can only hope that the lack of serious effort at running replacement routes along the rail lines means that they are intending to resume overnight rail service fairly quickly.
  10. IMO, the solution is for Nassau County to do a better job of funding NICE Bus, not have it taken over by a larger entity.
  11. I don't know about generating sympathy for the homeless on the subways, but this crisis is definitely shining a strong light on the homeless issue in general. I also believe that there will be a demand to address it in some manner because I don't see how people will be able to resume 'normal' activities with fears of infected homeless people wandering the streets. I only hope that it is done compassionately and that citizens hold our leaders and institutions accountable to look for real solutions and not just get the homeless out of sight.
  12. Exactly this - it is also about restoring a sense of order to the system and instilling confidence in riders who will need to use it, as well as for the safety, health and well-being of employees. The images of homeless encampments on trains became a national news story and no doubt would have depressed ridership even more had it not been addressed. The city and state do need to seriously address the health and shelter issues which have driven those poor people into the subways as part of the overall drive to end the spread of the virus.
  13. The $3.8 billion from the Feds is a stopgap at best. The MTA is projecting a $6 billion deficit by the end of the year. There will be a deficit even if all ridership returns within six months, which probably isn't happening (unemployment being a big reason). The state has its own deficit to worry about now and will not be able to give billions more to the MTA. Sadly, I think service cuts are very, very likely.
  14. There will definitely be permanent cuts - the money is not going to be there, and ridership is going to be depressed also. I fear that when the cuts are made, they are going to make the 2010 cuts look like a minor service reduction by comparison. I hope I'm wrong.
  15. Just my 2 cents, but I do not expect to see any R32 return to regular service. First, since it will be 12 to 18 months before we have a coronavirus vaccine available, I don't believe it would be fair to train crews to bring back a car class that puts C/R's in direct contact with passengers multiple times per trip. Second, the MTA is also facing a severe fiscal crisis from the pandemic, so I doubt they will have the funding to bring back 100 percent of the service that was cut, nor do I expect ridership to return to February 2020 levels for a long time. Hopefully we will get a formal R32 farewell run at some point in the future. Again, just my 2 cents.
  16. The R32's are synonymous with the BMT Broadway lines in my memory. They have been largely absent from the Brighton Line during most of my railfanning years (I rode them far more often on the N as well as on the RR back in the day), but I agree that the Q would be a great symbolic route for the final run.
  17. Wow, just like that. Surprised that they didn't do a media event with one last RTS run, they way they publicized Blitz Fishbowl 5227 back in the day.
  18. Only 11 RTS buses tracking at 8:00 a.m. this morning: FB: 5038, 5058, 5139, 5171, 5174 MQ: 5217, 5218, 5224, 5225, 5226, 5237 It appears that Monday was the final day of RTS operation at Ulmer Park.
  19. Gillig bids on very few large-city orders. Their business model for a long time has been to compete for smaller and medium-sized orders that the big guys often overlook in their desire to win big-city orders. It's worked for them. I also believe that it can be deceiving to look at any city and make judgments about bus models based on a limited sample size. The RTS was the most indestructible bus since the GM Old Look, yet some cities had difficulty keeping theirs on the road to even meet the FTA 12-year requirement. I've also ridden on Gilligs that are 15 years old and rode just fine. Quality of maintenance counts for a lot.
  20. Those 2003 D60HF's lasted 16 years in hard service - that is a tremendous accomplishment for an articulated bus. Many transit agencies struggle to get the mandated 12 years out of an artic. Kudos to the TA mechanics.
  21. Glad to see this - many other transit agencies and other employers allow polo shirts as part of the summer uniform or dress code.
  22. Wonder which hybrid drive system these buses have?
  23. I wouldn't be surprised if NICE contracted out the actual operation of the express routes - it would certainly help to avoid the depot space issue.
  24. The MTA is not the only source of information regarding Federal funding - there are various websites including FTA and New York state which show what projects are funded, how much, etc. Sometimes all you get is a project title so it may take some sleuthing to find out what exactly the project funding paid for.
  25. Schedules are a suggestion at best. To prove whether SBS is an improvement or not, a meaningful data sample of actual trip times before and after is needed.
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