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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. The Express Bus Advocacy Group was out in Pelham Bay last week supporting CB10 on the proposed BxM8 and BxM9 changes. Spencer Estates in Country Club is also vehemently opposed to the Bx24 re-routing through Country Club, changes citing ADA concerns. Meanwhile, once we speak with the about our concerns this week, depending on how that goes, we are ready to start circulating petitions on the BxM2, BxM4, BxM8, BxM9 and BxM18 changes. We also continue to gather feedback on the BxM11 (BxM5) proposed changes as some apparently don't care for having the bus removed from White Plains Road. We spoke with the planner about having the bus terminate along 233rd and expressed our displeasure with the northern part of the BxM11 no longer having service 24/7.
  2. TWO hours.... Just think about that for a second... Really shows you where our transportation system is.
  3. I spoke with a few DOT reps about this briefly up in Pelham Bay the other night. I understand CB8's concerns. First off if this is not done correctly, traffic in that area will be a nightmare. Second, they have done this with very little notice and time for discussion. It's like they came up with it at the last minute, and then BOOM, here it is.
  4. Some of the signage didn’t change. The Midtown signage did change and that was stupid. They should’ve kept the “East Midtown” “West Midtown” signage.
  5. This is crazy... This article was about fare beating and every other comment is about SBS!! Thread should be locked if we aren't going to discuss the fare beating situation.
  6. What does this have to do with farebeating #1, and #2 the B46 is scheduled to receive artics in the near future.
  7. The gave some BS excuse about how they were too expensive to replace if people lost them. I don't want to hear that. I went to the Open House for the Bronx Redesign last night and as I was arguing with one of the planners, a lady that I have been dealing with that works with community affairs came over to me to tell me that one of my contacts owed me a phone call, so we'll be discussing the monthly pass when we chat. Now that we have some express buses on the way, that is my next goal... To get our monthly pass back. It is absurd that we are the ONLY commuter group in NYC to not have a monthly pass and a clear case of discrimination. Too much to put on the screen. One of the reasons they are going from the "X" signage to the "SIM", "BM", "QM" and "BxM" signage. People generally know. They just like to play stupid.
  8. Bus stops and bus shelters remain a HIGH priority for the Express Bus Advocacy Group. Happy to see this sign up: We look forward to further improvements for express bus riders, be it safety or shelter from the elements. We have a conference call next week to discuss our monthly express bus pass being restored, the status of bus stop and bus shelter requests among other things.
  9. It’s 307 total. I have to look again and see.... 257 is for (MTA Bus) and 50 for Staten Island.
  10. Some of these routes are going to be gettin some sort of bus lanes and/or Traffic Signal Priority. This is going on behind the scenes. I’ve been workin with the DOT on bus shelters, bus stops and bus lanes and TSP requests. Need to do a follow up actually...
  11. Was already noted that Bus will receive 257 new express buses in 2020...
  12. Figured you'd have something to say. Is that BxM3 bus stop up yet at 262nd and Broadway?
  13. Bus lane proposal gets cool reception Posted June 16, 2019 A Bx9 travels south along Broadway, part of a corridor that could get significantly more crowded if the city’s transportation department installs bus lanes between West 225th and West 230th streets. JULIUS CONSTANTINE MOTAL By JOSEPH KONIG & HEATHER SMITH First it was bicycle lanes sandwiching Broadway along Van Cortlandt Park. Now, if the city’s transportation department gets its way, it could be bus lanes just a mile or so south in Marble Hill. DOT officials are floating a proposal to add daytime bus lane restrictions between West 225th and West 230th streets, vexing Community Board 8’s executive committee, still weary from the bike lane debacle of a year ago. Dan Padernacht, chair of the CB8’s traffic and transportation committee, received a call from DOT officials last month requesting time to present the plan during his June committee meeting. “DOT wants to come in two weeks,” Padernacht said. “I don’t think we should put them on the agenda because I don’t think we can handle that much notice in getting the word out.” The transportation department wants to limit a northbound and southbound lane on Broadway to buses only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Padernacht said. Doing so could eliminate parking and snarl traffic heading over the Broadway Bridge to and from Manhattan. DOT wants to meet with CB8’s traffic and transportation committee as soon as possible, Padernacht added, to ensure the change gets done before the end of the year. “That’s insane,” CB8 chair Rosemary Ginty said. Adding bus lanes could create tremendous implications — and unintended consequences — that could reach far beyond the immediate area. “It drives me crazy with DOT,” Ginty said. “It drives me crazy that when you say, ‘Why are you doing it? Give me the justification,’ you don’t get an answer.” CB8 member David Gellman wondered aloud if the transportation department’s plan was to address congestion on and just south of Broadway Bridge. “Because that is always a mess,” he said. “That may be what they’re trying to address, but they’re not telling us that.” “I think this might make that worse,” Padernacht said. “I think this is their bigger issue of getting people out of cars, restricting traffic, getting people on mass transit.” “This might mess up our only access to the closest hospital, too,” added Lisa Daub, CB8’s secretary. “So it’s a serious issue.” Bus lanes are a common remedy for lagging and unreliable bus service. A 2018 study by the city comptroller’s office found that despite efficiency upgrades like bus lanes, problems persisted in select bus service routes like the Bx12. Where bus lanes existed, they weren’t designed to “repel general traffic and are too often under-enforced,” according to the study. As a result, unauthorized vehicles often use bus lanes to pass, stand, pull into and out of parking spots, and to drop off passengers. “Ideally, a single ticket (or the fear of receiving one) will make drivers more conscientious and alert, preventing any future infractions,” the study stated. But almost 12,000 unique vehicles received five or more tickets for bus lane violations in the 18 months before the study was published. “In my personal opinion from what I’ve seen outside of the district, I think adding bus lanes makes traffic worse,” Padernacht later told The Riverdale Press. “I don’t necessarily know that the savings in time is worth the congestion of traffic and delay to any response times that might occur for emergency services.” Board members were perturbed by how fast transportation officials had hoped to push a presentation through, Padernacht said. Two weeks was not enough time to explain the issue’s importance to all members of the community, and the traffic and transportation chair would rather ask DOT to make its presentation in the fall instead, after CB8’s summer recess. DOT officials did not return requests for comment. Because transportation officials gave few details in their initial conversation about the plan, it’s unclear where each lane would be, or if it means losing parking spots. “We don’t have any detailed drawings,” Padernacht said. “We have no renderings or presentations. I only have those bare-bones concepts.” The 1 train line runs parallel to Broadway’s southbound lanes. Partitions of its elevated track separate the outermost southbound lane, which makes placing bus lanes tricky. “On that side you’re talking about one bus lane and one travel lane because nobody travels on the inside (lane) because it’s not safe to drive through there,” Padernacht said. “People use that to pull in and out of parking spots.” Until DOT addresses big questions about potential traffic, congestion and bottlenecking resulting from installing bus lanes on that stretch of Broadway, CB8 is disinclined from backing the project, Padernacht said. Source: https://riverdalepress.com/stories/bus-lane-proposal-gets-cool-reception,69195?fbclid=IwAR3-VUFjFJsroCk_nPvEdfUh5aFy_kXpRuiwiq5ePP3UlD9ddhbh9BgEcTM
  14. Why would any bus be crawling down Riverdale Avenue? You make all of these posts complaining with no specifics.
  15. The private companies also spent to the max on the taxpayer's dime, something that people leave out, so yeah they did a great job and they should have. Easy to do when you have a blank check. The whole point of Bus taking over was to reign in costs to some degree and run more efficiently. I would argue that both can be done... Great service can be provided and it can be done in a more cost effective manner.

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