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  1. There was a multiple vehicle accident involving an N22 bus today at Hillside Avenue and Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park. This caused the right lane of Hillside Avenue westbound to be closed. An old man was supposedly driving the car that caused the accident and the bus took minor damage (if any).
  2. It looks like NICE posted today's Memorial Day parade in Queens on their Service Alerts page: It's great to see that it's not being ignored anymore.
  3. Tom, thank you for posting this. The buses being auctioned off: 1012 1017 1021 1022 1657 1658 1667 1668 1677 1680 1684 1688 1693 1699 Interesting fact: 1667 hit and killed someone in 2012.
  4. Saw 1767 as well as one of the old LI Bus Fishbowls at AKA Auto/Bus & Truck in Deer Park today.
  5. Does anyone have any opinions on how Jack Khzouz is running operations versus how things were done under Michael Setzer?
  6. https://www.nicebus.com/About-NICE/Job-Opportunities Open Positions: https://transdevna.jobs/garden-city/new-york/usa/jobs/
  7. Does anyone know if/when the rolling stock of the train is planned to be upgraded out of the current R62A fleet? Are there any publicized plans for that?
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  9. About 11 percent of Nassau bus riders have downloaded NICE's new mobile fare payment application in the two months since its release. Since its June 3 launch, Nassau Inter-County Express' GoMobile app, which allows customers to pay bus fares using their smartphones, has been downloaded about 6,700 times, NICE officials said. As of July 25, customers have used the app more than 21,000 times, and bought nearly 9,000 tickets, according to NICE. GoMobile has also received strong reviews from users. The app has averaged a rating of more than 4 out of 5 from both Apple iOS and Android users. It's obviously very early and we're still in the rollout phase, but we're really happy with all the numbers and all the indicators," NICE spokesman Jack Kzhous said Tuesday. "It's all about trying to improve the riders' experience and make it easier to travel." Read More: Source
  10. I went to an Aerosmith concert last Thursday. Photos aren't the greatest as they were taken with my phone, but you get the idea. The theater was packed and the concert was great. Leaving the theater though, I saw this. There was a long line to get on the 2nd bus where the driver was just sitting inside. There are more than two buses needed for packed concerts like this, and they should consider adding n87 service to the concerts as well. Not only that, but as I was driving up the Meadowbrook leaving the concert, the exit to Sunrise Hwy westbound was closed due to construction (from like 10pm to 5am) and I guess NICE didn't know that because the first bus heading north pulled over to the side of the road right before the exit (it actually stopped a bit short and almost caused an accident) and probably called dispatch for a detour.
  11. I wanted to wait until somebody answered the question wrong. It's not a driver, its a NICE dispatcher. The dispatchers were trained by Masabi reps to use the equipment and how to troubleshoot any issues so they could help drivers and pass on the training. Masabi reps are here and there on NICE property and buses, but for the most part, their beta with NICE is over.They also don't have the time to train 800 drivers, but NICE dispatchers have the time and its their job to work with these drivers. Once the scanners are fully working and drivers are comfortable with them, they're going to be installed on more and more buses.
  12. The MTA has found at least five defective subway rails since Tuesday during stepped-up inspections prompted by last week’s F-train derailment. Two of the broken rails were found on F tracks about 30 blocks from the derailment site in Woodside, Queens. A rail is classified as “broken” even if it has a fracture. “Finding them is normal especially when we’re doing extra runs of the inspection cars,” spokesman Adam Lisberg said. “It doesn’t mean there are more broken rails. It means we are finding more.” Transit officials and sources said broken rails were found on the F line near 36th St, in Queens; the No. 7 line near Willetts Point; the D line near 62nd St., Brooklyn; and the Q line at Stillwell Ave. in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mta-found-defective-subway-rails-article-1.1783945#ixzz31SpJ9kXx
  13. Text-to-911: What you need to know (FAQ) Beginning May 15, wireless carriers in the US will uniformly and voluntarily support Text-to-911, a program that lets you send text messages to emergency services as an alternative to placing a phone call. While carriers will climb on board, this just means they're making the service available -- the ability to text the police in an emergency situation won't work everywhere in the country the second May 15 rolls around. On the flipside, some counties have already embraced the program, usually working with a single carrier. Here are some important things to know about texting 911. What is Text-to-911 and how does it work? Text-to-911 is a free program for sending a text message addressed to "911" instead of placing a phone call. To use it, you address the message to 911 and enter the emergency in the body of the text, making sure that you also add your exact location -- or else emergency services won't be able to dispatch help your way. Since it's all SMS-based, you will hear a response for more follow-up questions, or when help is on the way. Who is Text-to-911 for? Text-to-911 is useful for any situation in which it is dangerous or impossible to speak. Texting is also a useful way to help the younger demographic that feels more comfortable texting than calling. Kent Hellebust, a vice president at TCS, a company that sells texting management software to emergency call centers, told CNET of an incident in which a ten-year-old girl was able to successfully get help by texting 911 -- apparently composing a text felt more automatic and natural than dialing in. Which carriers support it? By May 15, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint will support texting 911. Other carriers could also join in the future. Will it work where I live? Although the carriers have committed to supporting 911 texting in their service areas, that doesn't mean that text-to-911 will be available everywhere. Emergency call centers, called PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points), are the bodies in charge of implementing text messaging in their areas. These PSAPs are under the jurisdiction of their local states and counties, not the FCC, which governs the carriers. In other words, it's up to the call centers to receive and dispatch your texts. Until the PSAP in your county first requests Text-to-911 support, implements the technology, and trains its staff, you won't be able to use texting in an emergency. However, some individual emergency services centers are ahead of the curve and already work with carriers to accept emergency texts. An example of how emergency call centers might receive 911 texts. TeleCommunication System Inc. (TCS) How do I know if my county uses it?The FCC lists the states and counties currently using Text-to-911 (PDF). What happens if my local call center isn't equipped to take my text?If your local 911 call center doesn't yet have the tools for text reporting, you'll receive a bounce-back text, so you know it hasn't gone through. Do emergency texts receive priority? That carriers treat SMS messages to 911 like any other text message, so your texts will be subject to the same service speeds or delays, depending on network strength in your area. Does Text-to-911 replace regular 911 calls? No; in fact, the FCC stresses that texting to 911 should be thought of only as a last resort, in the event that you can't speak. The FCC advises that people who are hard of hearing, deaf, or speech-impaired should still encouraged to use TTY for calling when they can. Is it text-only? What about sending photos and video at a scene? For the moment, Text-to-911 accepts written words only, though telecommunications agencies and companies are working toward Next-Generation 911, sometimes called NG911 for short. The goal is to modernize equipment and procedures at the emergency call centers (PSAPs), starting with photo messages and eventually including video messages as well. We're likely several years away from sending video messages to 911. Who governs Text-to-911 exactly? Text-to-911 is a program run by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), in partnership with US carriers. Other telecommunications organizations -- like NENA, APCO, and the lobby group CTIA -- also have an interest in the program. That said, it's the individual counties and states that determine when they give texting the green flag, and how exactly they do it.

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