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  1. It's likely because those folks already use the Bx29 so that's their focus, but I spoke with the Bronx road ops a few weeks ago about City Island and he thought it was a good idea. He is a very smart guy. We actually talked about a ton of different express bus routes and ideas that I had, and he was familiar with all of the problems I raised. Of course road ops doesn't have any say with regards to service, but at least it was good to know that someone in the agency got my ideas. You see the only question I have is how much service should go down there. I think the businesses down there would like it during the warmer months. People could take the express bus down there for the restaurants and relax. Some workers could use it as well. Summer traffic down there can be hell though, so that raises the question of would it make the BxM8 more unreliable. If the trips only take about 15-20 minutes more and you gain more riders on weekends then it may be worth it.
  2. It likely is. Lots of lip service going on around here. Is the City willing to pony up the estimated $50 million dollars? Doesn't seem like it.
  3. TRANSIT Subway crisis, transit deserts call for LIRR, Metro-North fare reductions, Stringer says City Comptroller Scott Stringer also calls for free transfers, expanded service in outer boroughs. Dramatically reducing LIRR and MetroNorth fares would help riders in outer boroughs who live near stations and only need to travel within the city, says City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr. By Vincent Baronevin.barone@amny.com @vinbaroneUpdated October 16, 2018 4:47 PM PRINT SHARE With the growth of outer-borough residents and jobs — and amid the height of a subway crisis — the MTA must overhaul its railroad service in order to better serve New York City commuters, Comptroller Scott Stringer said Tuesday. Stringer, backed by other Queens officials, released a new report endorsing an idea that has floated around the New York City transitsphere for years: Cut Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road fares for city commuters in order to maximize the systems’ capacities and cut travel times for some of the 1.4 million outer-borough residents who live near the railroad stations and only need to travel within the city. “The fact that we’re seeing a sea change in our economy — the economy is growing in these boroughs.” Stringer said at a news conference outside the Murray Hill LIRR station in Queens. “And yet the transit desert mentality is alive and well because we can’t connect two systems that literally are running parallel: One for the wealthy people in Westchester and the second is a system that’s decaying for the rest of us.” The city comptroller said exorbitant costs of the railroads have created a classist, “two-tiered transit system” for wealthy suburban commuters, while city residents are forced to save money and stuff into overcrowded subway trains and slow, unreliable buses. He’s calling for the MTA to set LIRR and Metro-North fares for trips within the city at subway and local bus rates, now $2.75; provide free transfers for those commuters between subways and buses; and to run more service to the 38 railroad stations in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. The program would cost the MTA $50 million a year to operate, according to the report. MTA chairman Joseph Lhota issued a statement in strong opposition to the plan, citing the financial struggles at the agency. He also disagreed that there was enough spare railroad capacity for additional riders. “We received Comptroller Stringer’s report late this morning and will review it, particularly the assertions about excess capacity with which we disagree," Lhota said in a statement. "The MTA is not a financially self-sustaining organization and for the recommendations of the City Comptroller to be implemented, a subsidy is required. It is fiscally irresponsible to make a transit benefit recommendation without identifying a source of funding — especially given the MTA’s massive financial needs as outlined by Comptroller DiNapoli’s report.” Stringer argues that there is enough empty space on railroad trains to absorb the added borough commuters. The average LIRR train heading into Penn Station each morning rush hour is 79 percent full, with 233 empty seats, according to Stringer’s report. And each evening rush, the average LIRR train is 75 percent full with 282 available seats. The MTA is currently running a similar, 10-station pilot called the Atlantic Ticket, which offers reduced fares for city commuters near LIRR stations. A one-way ticket price was set at $5, a 51 percent discount from the current peak fare of $10.25, and 33 percent reduction from the off-peak fare of $7.50.
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    Express Bus Advocacy Group

    Some updates: Lots going on now, but we're setting up meetings with some elected officials and reaching out to some contacts as well. We're also meeting informally with other advocacy groups just to see what each group is about and to see if we can collaborate together.
  5. The Express Bus Advocacy Group wants more trips extended to City Island. There are a lot of people that work in City Island that are left stranded when there is no Bx29 service or when the bus is delayed. Having the BxM8 as an option would be good for them, as well as people who want to visit and of course the residents.
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    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Apparently the guy sitting there smoking a cigarette wasn’t...
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    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Here you have it:
  8. This "phenomenon" doesn't seem all that new though. If they cause such issues why have them there in the first place... That said, I know that the was sued for the last incident. I'm shocked that they'd risk it again. They are usually very diligent about trying to avoid lawsuits.
  9. Workers claim MTA risked another derailment from loose rails left on tracks By DAN RIVOLI | TRANSIT REPORTER |OCT 15, 2018 | 5:00 AM http://www.nydailynews.com/c7678a42-b59e-45f1-b6ad-738f4ea2c6f2 Two rail workers spotted rails in the middle of the track, a spare rail like this caused a derailment in 2017. The MTA apparently hasn't learned its lesson after a 2017 subway derailment in Harlem injured more than 30 people and turned morning rush hour into hell on wheels. Two track workers with 15 years' work experience between them told the Daily News history could have repeated itself because loose rails strewn in the middle of A and C line tracks between Manhattan and Brooklyn were not secured in any way. A piece of unsecured scrap rail was the culprit for the morning-rush-hour A train derailment near 125th St. on June 27, 2017. MTA officials told The News the rails left on the A and C line tracks posed no safety risk because they were on shallower track beds with different layouts than in the Harlem crash, preventing the possibility of them angling upward obtrusively. A loose rail was secured after a News inquiry. "Out of an abundance of caution we had crews immediately inspect the area, further secure the rails in question, and confirm there is no safety risk," MTA spokesman Shams Tarek told The News in a statement. Startled workers first spotted new loose rails while working a repair job during their overnight shift that began Oct. 3. They saw long pieces of welded rail and shorter scrap rails resting on joint bars in the middle of the tracks without anything holding them down between Fulton Center in lower Manhattan and High St. in Brooklyn Heights. "The rails were all over the place, on the trough, on the side," said one of the workers, who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive work issues. "Some of them were pretty precarious." The unsecured rails were still there Friday when a Daily News reporter riding a C train chugging through the underwater tunnel into Brooklyn spotted them near the High St. station. There were more loose rails clearly visible Friday from a platform on the A and C line tracks at the Fulton Center station. Loose rails were spotted on the track bed of the Manhattan-bound side of the A/C lines at Fulton Center. (Dan Rivoli / New York Daily News) "You have that train coming through there at quite a good clip, and if one of those joint bars should vibrate and (the rail) falls, that's going to create a nightmare situation," said the second track worker, who also asked not to be named. "You could have the exact same situation as 125th St." The 13-foot rail that caused the Harlem derailment had been cut from a larger section needed for a track replacement job the night before. It was left loose next to an improperly secured 39-foot piece of rail from the same job. The smaller rail struck the train, throwing it off the tracks and into a wall. Hundreds of riders were forced to flee smoke-filled subway cars into the subway tunnel to reach safety, and 34 people suffered injuries. The MTA spent $312,000 for parts and labor for repairs after the crash, and two totaled train cars manufactured for $3.1 million had to be scrapped. The pieces spotted Friday included continuous welded rail, which is longer and sturdier than regular rails, along with shorter pieces that have a greater risk of moving from a passing train's vibrations. The MTA inspection determined that the larger pieces of rail were too heavy to be at risk of moving. A smaller piece of rail was secured as a precaution, but was already lying in a position where it was not a risk to trains, Tarek said. All other rail storage areas in the subway are being checked to ensure no further problems, according to the MTA. Track supervisors are being reinstructed on proper procedures and reminded that failure to comply will be treated as a serious offense. Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-mta-rail-track-20181012-story.html
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    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    It's hilarious that those bus shelters are so hideous but do such a better job. I feel claustrophobic standing under them at 6'4" but they work.
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    MTA facing toughest financial challenge in decades: report

    MNRR is SO much better than the LIRR, and in fact I think last year, I posted an article about how Metro-North has been working very diligently to meet the needs of millennial riders by adding more trains at hours where they are likely to travel. The LIRR on the other hand... Even with Metro-North's on-time performance falling last year, it still stands at 88.7% overall. Source: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/transit/2018/07/23/metro-north-performance/801132002/
  12. Maybe she didn't want to blurt out her personal business at that time. Who knows. The person who posted about it wasn't her. It was her daughter. I get the impression that the mother is going through her own things just trying to deal with all of the medication she has to take and keep her spirits up. A relative of mine went through it for months and it was hell. She's been taking treatment now for a few years. Strong lady that's for sure.
  13. MTA considering reduced overnight bus service to Staten Island Ferry Updated 1:55 PM; Posted 1:55 PM A bus arrives at the Staten Island Ferry terminal in St. George as a heavy snow falls Saturday, February 17, 2018. The MTA is considering reduced overnight bus service to the Staten Island Ferry. (Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons) (Bill Lyons) By Erik Bascome | tbascome@siadvance.com tbascome@siadvance.com STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Late night ferry riders could need to find a new connecting route. The MTA is considering a reduction in overnight bus service to the Staten Island Ferry, according to the State Comptroller’s 2019 Financial Outlook for the MTA released recently. The report highlights potential cost-saving measures outlined in the MTA’s preliminary budget report released on July 25. Among the potential measures outlined is, “reduce bus service to the Staten Island Ferry during overnight hours to one bus per hour (eliminate nine positions for savings of $1.1 million annually).” In 2015, the city launched 30-minute, around-the-clock Staten Island Ferry service. The MTA emphasized that all listed measures in the comptroller report are based upon existing revenue and are subject to change based on future revenue streams. “The proposed service change highlighted by the comptroller’s report is from a preliminary budget forecast made in July that is based on existing revenue streams and doesn’t count potential new revenue streams that are being discussed,” said MTA spokesperson Shams Tarek. “As we’ve said, we’re focused on improving service, aggressive cost-containment initiatives, and seeking sustainable, reliable new sources of funding to help fund future transit service,” Tarek continued. Potential sources of additional future revenue include congestion pricing, value capture financing and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed millionaire’s tax. The MTA could not confirm whether the potential reduction in service would pertain only to trips traveling to the Staten Island Ferry, or if it would also include trips from the Staten Island Ferry. Additionally, the MTA could not confirm which bus lines could potentially be affected or what specific hours the service change would pertain to. Source: https://www.silive.com/news/2018/10/mta-considering-reduced-overnight-bus-service-to-staten-island-ferry.html
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    Express Bus Advocacy Group

    Take photos and send it to me so I can see. The other option is to ask the DOT to move the stop. I think that's the best solution in fact. While some express bus stops share a bus stop with local buses, others don't for this very reason.
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    Express Bus Advocacy Group

    Give it some more time. It's only been but a few weeks I believe since we put in the request, and I'm sure the DOT has its hands full. If nothing comes of it in the next few weeks, we'll submit another request. My advice in the meantime would be to use another bus stop if you can. We're in the process of trying to coordinate a meeting with some elected officials, the and ideally the DOT if possible, but we'd like a rep. ideally for all boroughs (a general manager of sorts) to start addressing some issues we're having.


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