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  1. NewFlyer 230

    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Hmm this definitely explains why I always see two buses back to back on the Q25 primarily on Saturdays (and other routes) . I always figured it had something to do with capacity, however I used to think that the MTA did it because those routes had the ridership for artic buses but since the depots didn’t have them, that was a temporary solution. But yeah this makes a lot of sense now. Just one question though, if a route has scheduled runs at 5:02 and 5:10 and the 5:02 run has 2 buses set to run couldn’t a solution to that be to have the route run more frequently? So instead now you have one run at 5:02, 5:06 and 5:10 which would eliminate having two buses leaving at the same time. I know with NYC traffic and stop dwelling may cause the runs to end up bunched together anyways.
  2. NewFlyer 230

    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    It was worse, the R142A’s on the had a very low MDBF for cars that are still young. They have been doing better on the thanks to Corona’s good maintenance but you can always tell that they are hand me downs from the dirty interiors and the crazy jerking the cars make when they accelerate. I’ve noticed the R62A’s are doing good on the minus the A/C problems but maybe this is because they haven’t been on the long enough to get messed up lol.
  3. NewFlyer 230

    Select Bus Service Planning

    It will definitely be interesting to see how the MTA will work out some of these proposed SBS routes. I can only really speak for Queens since I’ve been all over the place in Queens but SBS on routes like the Q25, Q27 and especially the Q58 will seem kind of forced with their current routings. I don’t necessarily agree on the Q65 getting SBS because it’s was the faster (Jamaica-Flushing) route compared to the Q44 and Q25 before the Q44 got SBS. The only thing the Q65 can use is possibly extended LTD hours and perhaps being moved onto Parsons Blvd with the Q26. Plus also taking into account the massive bus redesign who knows how many of these routes will remain completely unchanged. The Q58 being Queens highest used route does too much in my opinion and I always felt that getting to Flushing was a hassle from Queens Blvd around the QCM and Grand Ave/Queens unless you took the to the . I’m not so much opposed to a Ridgewood to Flushing route but it’s the detour through Corona that is annoying because that area is very traffic prone and there is no type of grid so the streets curve like crazy. As as far as a B15 SBS, I personally feel there should be a Local and SBS variant of the route. The locals stay in Brooklyn only while the SBS goes to JFK. While that may sound ideal I know the MTA will favor SBS more and give too much SBS service. Then you’d see the cutting some of the local service and making the local variant more unreliable. I can certainly see the same thing happening with the B41 local.
  4. NewFlyer 230

    September 2, 2018 Bus Route and Service Changes

    That’s an interesting explanation. I’m sure Green Lines could have made the Q9A/Q89 into a decent route with decent headway’s. Most of the routes that past Linden Blvd do get you to Jamaica faster but I’m sure it could have picked up more ridership if it were a typical 6:30am to 10pm 7 days a week type of route. The route itself could have used a bit of tweaking though and it’s failure was more Green Lines responsibility than the MTA’s. In its form before it got cut the only people who really used the route were those who needed to go to and from the 165th st Terminal to the last few stops on the Q9 in South Ozone Park. The PBL’s were pretty infamous for creating routes that sucked, like the Q9A, original Q21, original Q53, Q19 before its extensions to Flushing and deeper Astoria, Q22A, QM23 and others I can’t think of at the moment. The MTA also does have its fair share of bad routes too.
  5. NewFlyer 230

    September 2, 2018 Bus Route and Service Changes

    It gets decent usage from Flushing. It of course doesn’t see close to the loads that the Q66 sees but buses generally leave close to standing room only. Extending it to Flushing was definitely a smart move as it offers new options for riders in East Elmurst. I take the Q19 myself when I go to work and it’s definitely faster than the to the Q33 or the Q49.
  6. NewFlyer 230

    September 2, 2018 Bus Route and Service Changes

    I feel like the Q19 is considered a joke out there and I guess what contributes to the lack of care with that route is the fact that several routes intersect it. I guess the MTA figures if you going to and from Main Street one could take the to the Q23, Q33, Q47, Q49 and or the LGA bound Q48 and get off around the areas the Q19 travels through but that way is longer than the Q19 directly running on Astoria Blvd. However with the way the Q19 runs that is the best option at night and when it’s on 30 min headway’s. Sad cause the ridership is definitely growing and has the potential to grow even more.
  7. NewFlyer 230

    September 2, 2018 Bus Route and Service Changes

    I wish the MTA would go ahead and make the Q19 more frequent. Even though it got extended to 2nd Street and 27th Ave a few years ago, its time for that route to become more frequent. Never understood why the headway’s remained at 20 and 30 min when the ridership has been increasing. It also still ends way too early for a route that travels on a major street which is why that route doesn’t do as well as it ideally should. As for the increase in Little Neck Parkway service on the Q36, does that route see more usage along L.N.P?
  8. NewFlyer 230

    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    I was just on the the other day with weak A/C. I haven’t ran into a R62A on the with a busted A/C. From my experience I’ve been on many R62A’s on the with busted or poor A/C. I don’t know if it has something to do with poor maintenance, but when the had R62A’s I don’t remember the A/C’s breaking like they do now. Another thing that I’ve noticed that I can’t stand about the MTA is how inconsistent and sloppy they are when it comes to refurbishing cars. Often times I’ll see half of a R46, R62A or R160 set with bright new lights, exit door mats and yellow poles (R160s), but then the other half of the set is still untouched. Most people don’t care as long as the train shows up but I would think that the would at least try to strive for uniformity. I don’t lose any sleep over it at all but it’s just so noticeable I’m like “the MTA can do better than this”.
  9. NewFlyer 230

    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Yeah it makes the most sense to keep the borough prefixes so that riders don’t get confused.
  10. NewFlyer 230

    Queens Division Bus Proposals/Ideas

    I’m confused. Are you saying that people who need the airport should just take the LIRR? You won’t get too many city folks who would consider doing that. I certainly wouldn’t go out my way to pay premium price and then another $2.75 to get to the airport. As far as this bus redesign I doubt the Q70 would be touched. They might have it run via the Marine Air Terminal and bump the Q47 out of there, which it has no business being there in the first place.
  11. NewFlyer 230

    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    That’s slightly worst than overnight headway’s on the subway lines which is unacceptable tbh during the day time. It was a disaster last week when both the and were being worked on, so no trains between 8th Ave and Broadway Junction and the wasn’t running to Jamaica Center past Crescent Street.
  12. I’m starting to think that this whole system redesign is a way for the MTA to secretly cut service while telling people that these routes are better than the old ones. Can’t wait to see what they do with the local and limited routes. I guarantee since this is the MTA we are talking about the riders will get the shorter end of the stick.
  13. NewFlyer 230

    Queens Division Bus Proposals/Ideas

    There are quite a bit of people who use the Q53 from Woodside. However it’s plagued by traffic on Roosevelt and Broadway which slows the route down a lot. It can be frustrating sometimes taking the Q53 because of how bad traffic can be. However I also think they want to keep the transfer between the LIRR and the available for the Q53.
  14. NewFlyer 230

    Queens Division Bus Proposals/Ideas

    I don’t think the MTA would be willing to get rid of the Q52 since it’s an SBS route which in their eyes is the ultimate answer to having faster and reliable service (which in my eyes is a joke). Plus the service on the ‘s branches outside of rush hour is still terrible especially on the weekends. If I’m not mistaken I’m pretty sure the Q52 was created due to fact that the was unreliable in Rockaway. However I do wonder how many people actually ride the Q52 in Rockaway past the Rockaway Blvd station. Is the Q52 justified to even run all the way up to Elmhurst? I do agree with having Q11 and Q53 being the primary Woodhaven routes. If the MTA handled thing correctly back in 2007/2008 they would have increased service on both the Q11 and Q53 with the latter having more short turns at Queens Blvd where the Q11 ends at. So for every two or even three buses that go to Woodside one bus terminates at Queens Blvd. The Q21 could have shifted to run from Beach 67th or 54th to the Rockaway Blvd station without turning off to serve the residential part of Howard’s beach. However now with the Q52 in the picture it should complete be eliminated. I think Woodhaven Blvd is a perfect example of the old mentality of the MTA when it comes to improving service on major corridors. It seems that they just throw multiple services on the same street and have this huge overlap in coverage. Lexington/3rd Ave and Madison/5th Ave routes are a perfect examples of this. I’m sure service like this had some type of significance in the past, however I don’t think it’s necessary now. I feel the Q34 serves no unique purpose of its own compared to Main Street where the Q44 is SBS to the Bronx and the Q20 is all local. So on Kissena Blvd and Parsons Blvd you have this useless overlap of the Q25 and Q34. That’s why I say get rid of the Q34 and improve the Q25 I would improve the Q25 route in these ways. 1) LTD Service could run later in the evening. The last LTD currently from Jamaica is at 6:51pm while the last LTD from College Point is at 6:27pm. That’s way too early, since the Q17 and Q27 LTD’s run long past that until 10pm. I would run the Q25 LTD at least until 8:30pm. 2) I believe to increase reliability of the Q25, there needs to be short turns at Flushing Main street where buses can turn around and head back to Jamaica. There are too many times where several buses are bunched together creating a huge gap in service because all the buses are going up to either College Point or Whitestone. These short turns would exist throughout the day being most frequent during the off peak hours. The Q34 only runs on 20 minutes headway’s to Jamaica during the rush hour, so those three trips would turn into short turned Q25’s during the rush hour.
  15. NewFlyer 230

    Queens Division Bus Proposals/Ideas

    Ever since the Q52 was created I’ve felt that the Q21 was a waste of resources. I’ve always felt that if people needed to go to Lindenwood they could transfer to the Q41. Speaking of duplicating routes I wonder why the Q34 still exist to Jamaica. I would cut it back to Flushing and extend it further down Willets Point Blvd. One of the big reasons I’d say get rid of it is because it’s usually bunched with the Q25 when it runs.


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