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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. One thing the wanted to do with these routes is streamline them. There isn't much you can do with them in Riverdale because of the hills #1, and #2, Riverdale does not have a grid pattern like most of the Bronx does, and that was done on purpose when the area was created, so you can't change that. You need the Bx20 up here because people in Spuyten Duyvil in the southern part of Riverdale need access to the train and the Bx7 cannot serve those people. Looking at a map, it doesn't show the hills and true separation between some streets. With the Bx10 you can't do much there either, though you can definitely remove some stops, which is what I would do, but it's tough because the entire route goes through very hilly areas, so people will yell a lot if their stop is removed. The Bx7 and Bx20 are about as direct as you can get for the area. They were banking on the DOT coming through on the bus lanes on Broadway which would've helped speed up both lines, but that has stalled. That's really where both lines suffer. Parts of Broadway crawl with lots of vehicular traffic, and there aren't any real alternatives for them to travel on either. In speaking with the person responsible for heading the redesign, the plan was always to keep 70% of the Bronx routes roughly th3 same, and change 30% of them. Most of the Bronx lines were already direct and streamlined, so there wasn't too much to change.
  2. Just learned today that I'll be joined on the advisory board by another express bus advocate in my group who also has her own group... Filippa Grisafi. She's been fighting to improve express bus service on Staten island for at least two years, and it's been great working with her.
  3. Thanks for the heads up. This just says July for the meetings, so I have no idea about specific dates, but I'll inquire, as I'm curious myself.
  4. Not really. It's not as if all of those buses will be retired. The only thing being retired are the 2002 models and some of the 2005 and perhaps some others here and there. Some of the express buses are still fine. No need to retire those. Most of this order is for Bus. The previous order saw about 505 express buses, but they were desperately needed. This time around, I'd say the number is fine. Out of 307 buses, 50 goes to Staten Island. The rest are for Bus.
  5. Calm down. Your comments are inaccurate. Some express bus lines are seeing more ridership than others. Additionally, express bus riders have made it clear that we do NOT want to be packed together like sardines. I spoke with higher ups about this and made it clear that we needed our full express bus service back, as did other advocates, and we won't accept anything less than that. Overnight service is what it is. They are struggling to run the regular service, so they are focusing on that over overnight service, which is free.
  6. I explained the overnight situation before. All of that was done on OT. If drivers didn't want it or couldn't do it, they were constantly short drivers. With the gaps in service, they were better off eliminating it.
  7. There's only two lines running from Manhattan to Brooklyn now overnight, and now they're curtailing the BM2 service too. Pathetic... https://mobile.twitter.com/NYCTBus/status/1278930865561755649
  8. Correct. Some of the Bx10 reliefs are by Kingsbridge and 231st, which is a very weird spot. You have all of the people that just boarded at 231st and Broadway PACKED on the bus from the subway, and then the bus has to sit and wait at the very next stop. Another reason I can't deal with that set up and take the express bus. Too much aggravation.
  9. Most if not all of those short turned buses like the ones that end at Isham or at 231st (Bx10) only run because they're going back to the depot anyway, so the thinking was, run them in service and pick up a few passengers that may need the service to or from the subway or whatever.
  10. The truth of the matter is the has struggled terribly to run these express buses overnight. Some lines like the QM6, QM17, X68 and a few others they ran well. The BxM1, BxM2, BxM4 and BxM11 were run very poorly. I spoke with bus operators and dispatchers about it on the side. I was not pleased. I attempted to use the express bus four times overnight. Three out of the four times I had a wait of almost an hour or more despite the repeating the same BS about service being every 30 minutes or better. The BM3 was cancelled haphazardly for almost a few weeks. I think they yanked the service on some lines because we started complaining to elected officials about how poor they were running them, so yeahz ridership would be low if the service is unreliable. The reality is they over promised and under delivered. When this originally started, I received an email here and there about changes from reps, which I appreciated, as they were trying to keep me in the know. However, as time went on, the wheels fell off. Some drivers were really turned off by the amount of homeless people that were riding and smelling up the bus and they let me know about it. There are no windows in the express buses, so obviously that was a challenge to say the least. Eventually that was addressed, but as drivers returned to their regular work, they either didn't want to pick the OT or couldn't, given that they can only work but so many hours at once. As much as I would prefer to see the lines running, I would rather they not run if they are going to leave people scrambling and standing around waiting for extended periods of time. I know numerous people either switched to Uber or started driving to get to and from that were essential workers because the service wasn't reliable on lines like the X28. Overall, i'd rate the service an F.
  11. @B35 via Church My understanding is it will be similar to the 14th Street busway. Cars will be allowed but will have to turn off at the next available right turn, so essentially just for pick-ups or drop-offs and then off of 5th Avenue. There are some particulars that need to be discussed. When I have more info from the DOT, I'll be sure to share.
  12. I'm not paying for the local bus. I've only used local buses about four or so times since this pandemic hit. I opted for the M15 local one day after getting the BxM1 down, as one was coming when I reached 2nd Avenue, so I didn't bother getting an Uber. Moved quickly for the short ride, and coming back, I got an Uber to the express bus. Think about it... SBS is basically pre-paying for the service, so you just get on. Now what do you do on the non SBS lines? You just get on, so why pay for the same service? The only difference is you may make a few more stops. Big deal.
  13. Yeah, this project seems to be on target to be completed this summer from what I was told by the DOT.
  14. I was invited to be part of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the upcoming 5th Avenue busway project, to be completed this summer, as 5th Avenue is a major express bus corridor. Of course I will be strongly advocating for express bus commuters. We will be having meetings very soon. I created this thread to keep everyone abreast of the developments as discussed with the Department of Transportation (DOT).
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