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  1. Perfect example of the scenario you just explained with the Bx40-42 happened with the Q10. I remember how buses would show up very often when there was only 40 footers on the line. Then when the New Flyer artics hit the line, that’s when really noticed how much service has been reduced. Now you can easily wait 15-20 minutes in the middle of the day whereas back then you had a bus coming every few minutes. Even the ridership statistics that the MTA provides shows how the ridership on the Q10 is dropping. You have more extreme cases of ridership decreases on some of the routes that are within the top 10 for ridership and you see large decreases of 5,000-10,000 within a span of a few years, when ridership is dropping that drastically there is a problem. The MTA is finding every little thing to cut at and you’d think that you’d see the benefits elsewhere but that’s not the case with this agency. They wanted to remove the WiFi off buses, reduce the frequencies on lines like the and , they are trying to reduce repaints and washes, remove bus stops, schedules at stops and the list goes on. Like damn where are the improves at? They should have all this “saved” money, but where is it all going?
  2. I noticed the removal of schedules at some stops but I thought it was honestly a mistake. I know how sloppy these people can be when changing info and I thought they would eventually put it back. But it is funny what measures this agency will take in order to save money. At this rate they might as well remove the blue and yellow wraps and have the old blue and white scheme again.
  3. The Q25/Q34 and Q65 suffer from traffic in the Jamaica and Flushing areas. Everyday you always get gaps in service, which causes buses to bunch up badly. I’ve seen 5 and 6 buses bunch up before and half of those buses could have easily been turned around. How the MTA can fix this is by planning accordingly. Have buses start at particular points, so service is not so much disrupted when gaps occur.
  4. The reason why they stopped using that entrance is because it caused congestion, so I don’t think they will ever open it again. What I noticed is that the closed entrance has a sign with the station name on it and the trains that serve the stations just like any other subway stop in the system. So I wonder if at one point in time the considered opening it again.
  5. This is an interesting report that makes me wonder how many other stations outside The Bronx are structurally deficient. I’m sure there are plenty of others.
  6. I couldn’t agree with you more. I work on the Upper West Side and on the weekends it is terrible that I have to transfer to the and then to the just to complete my trip. It’s bad enough the isn’t all that frequent either so just imagine getting to 59th and missing the just as the has almost stopped. That has happened to me so many times and I had to wait 12-15 minutes additional minutes on top of the minutes I had to spend waiting for the before. 50th street is definitely one of those neglected stations that should have more of its entrances open and a underpass, but the will probably claim that riders can just go to 42nd street, which I honestly don’t think that’s fair due to how misaligned the two platforms are. Being in the first car of a downtown train means that you have to walk a full platforms length to the last car of the uptown train. That station is just horrible in my opinion.
  7. Yeah the Q65 would turn onto Roosevelt Ave from Parsons Blvd.
  8. Usually the buses empty out at Main Street & Roosevelt Ave in both directions, however you’ll still have a few that ride past Roosevelt . In terms of which route has the most usage riding past Roosevelt, I would have to say the Q25 sees the most people staying on, then the Q65 and finally the Q34 which half the buses carry air past Roosevelt going NB. I used to be in favor of cutting the Q65 back to Flushing and having the Q34 cover the Q65 route in College Point. The Q65 makes a lot of turns during its route, but that’s not a good reason to cut it back. I also used to favor the idea that perhaps the MTA should swap the Q25 and Q65 routing in College Point if the Q25 ever got SBS. The streets the Q65 travel on in College Point is wider compared to the narrow streets the Q25 goes through. I don’t think too many people would be inconvenienced from such a swap as most get off at Roosevelt Ave anyways. However I’m not too sure if it would be necessary.
  9. I thought the Q17 should terminate at Union Turnpike & 188th street to serve all of Fresh Meadows. The Q17 is pretty much nonstop from Union Turnpike to Hillside Ave so I don't think a bus necessarily needs to run through there. I like B35's revised Q31 because it deviates from the Q30 to serve a piece of Union Turnpike and the most utilized part of 188th street. People would still have access to Jamaica and plus it would make the Q31 more useful.
  10. Kissena Blvd doesn't necessarily need to have the Q27 running on it. The Q27 on Kissena for the most part serves as a convenience and a lot of people tend to take it, if a Q17 and Q25 hasn't shown up (mostly the Q25 though since the Q17 is more frequent) . I would have the Q27 and Q65 run up Parsons Blvd. The Q27 would turn down Sanford and then Kissena like the Q65 currently does now, and the Q65 would continue to Roosevelt Ave. It would run down Roosevelt Ave to College Point Blvd where it will then run it current route to its terminal. Since we are on the topic of Kissena Blvd, I feel that the Q25 needs improvements in service. The Q25 compared to the Q44 and Q65 is slow traveling between Flushing and Jamaica. They should have given it daily limited service to speed service up especially after that NE Queens bus study was done back in 2015. I feel like the Q17 and Q27 has to pick up the slack in Flushing for the subpar Q25 service, when the Q25 should technically be the most frequent of them all. I always wondered how they would implement select bus service on that route, with Kissena Blvd being narrow in Flushing and it traveling down narrow blocks in College Point.
  11. It still surprises me how R46’s received some of these features before all the R160s did. Just reflects the MTA’s incompetence. The MTA is too all over the place for me. If you say you are going to put yellow looped poles, led lights, and floor mats on trains, I expect you to put them on all of them. I mean come on all the NTT’s should have received them by now. But they just select a hand full and then that’s it. They do the same thing when it comes to repainting buses and probably will do it when it comes to deep cleaning these trains. They love to half ass everything and it seems like that’s what happened with the ESI project. Astoria & the 4th Ave stations look great and then every other station is whatever. Some are sloppy looking and or lack some of the features that are suppose to make these stations look aesthetically nice and modern. You can tell they didn’t put as much effort into those stations. I think 23rd street on the 6th Ave line is the worst looking in terms of ESI done stations and it just reflects how poorly the MTA handles things.
  12. Lol I guess they are trying to save some money by not painting the poles. The MTA was always horrible at maintaining fleet uniformity.
  13. My question for you is why would you have a route running from Vernon Blvd/ Jackson Ave or Roosevelt Island to LGA when there is already the or to Jackson Heights Roosevelt Ave and then the Q70. It could be slightly faster than those mentioned trains to the Q70 but I don’t think there is a strong enough demand for it.
  14. I see what you did there with the Q17, and Q31. The Q17 will have a more focused role of just bringing people from Fresh Meadows to Flushing even though I can see it losing late night service and losing some of its frequency since it will most likely be consider supplementary to the Q25 and Q88. However I think cutting the route back is good for the route because currently the portion between Union Turnpike and Hillside Ave is more or less nonstop for a lot of buses. Your revised Q31 will be addressing those who are seeking Jamaica on 188th while skipping the lightly used part of 188th street. I always found it odd that the Q17 still continued to terminate at Merrick Blvd & Jamaica Ave of all places but this routing definitely dates back to when the used to run to 168th street and the El’s been torn down for over 40 years at this point. I like your idea of the Q31, because it’s more direct and it breaks away from the Q30 and the Q27 to fulfill a role of its own. And it will skip the long nonstop parts of Francis Lewis and not make that weird “detour” like routing in Bayside. However I’m curious to know what you’d do with the Q76, because from the look of things, it seems like the Q31 will be covering the important part of Francis Lewis. The part between Northern Blvd & 35th Ave is not too far apart from one another so people can walk to either Northern or 35th Ave to catch the bus. The Q28 and Q16 provide some service along Francis Lewis. All Q16’s could be routed to go via Francis Lewis Blvd while the Utopia branch is eliminated. I would possibly terminate the Q16 at the Cross Island Parkway and Willets Point Blvd because I don’t think service to Fort Totten is necessary. So that leaves me to think that the Q76 would be eliminated.
  15. I was also thinking about North and South connection and how that needs to improve in that part of Queens. I think what also hinders ridership in that part of Queens is the fact that the MTA doesn’t offer an additional transfer on top of the one you already get. That’s why the Q31, Q76 tend to suffer and feel more like school shuttles. It doesn’t help that these routes also have high headway’s too, which is expected from routes that are not as appealing than a Q27 is. According to the NE Queens bus study done a few years ago, the Q27 has the most people transferring to and from it out of any route in that section of Queens. I think what actually helps is it’s frequency and the fact that it does a lot as a route, that functions as a subway feeder and a north and south route. The should try to experiment with allowing 2 transfers on routes like the Q27, Q31, Q36, Q76 and Q77. These routes might actually see a boost.

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