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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. I hear ya. The whole thing is something I will definitely be thinking about because I too am becoming sick of the costs for what you get.
  2. Well there's two problems. The is not as aggressive as it could be when it comes to advertising and they also limit what types of ads can be put up. The focus is also always on Manhattan when it comes to new ways of advertising (notice that all of the bus shelters below 96th street have nice big bright screens),j but the the shelters in upper Manhattan and elsewhere are just the old bland ones. That shouldn't be.
  3. We have the same thing here, and this is applied only in some cases on lines where the community is loud and complains, otherwise, the drivers will do as they please, despite BusTrek and dispatchers now having the ability to track all buses. It's especially alarming for local bus lines. I too have been passed up on numerous occasions, usually buses that are short-turning but still. Bus drivers should not be able to pick and choose where to pickup and when, and I'd say that this new form of "dispatching" is enabling the behavior even more. Any time there's a crackdown on using effective dispatching, I get the impression that some in the union start yelling about having a nanny state, and then management backs off, and the cycle of spotty service begins.
  4. I've said previously that they need to do a better job of capitalizing on the real estate that they have. We both know how expensive land is becoming across the five boroughs. Developers are buying up anything and everything they can get their hands on and trying to beat out new zoning restrictions in some cases, or just cash in while the market remains hot (though it is starting to show signs of cooling with salaries still lagging), but that doesn't mean that prices have plummeted. Despite the amount of property that the has sold, they could still do even better, not to mention the property that they either can or fail to maximize on in terms of collecting rent.
  5. lol... Well I strongly believe that the fares are indeed too high, especially when you compare what you get for them. The problem with NYC right now is everything is becoming overpriced and the rate at which everything is going up is just crazy. I honestly hadn't been giving it much thought until recently, particularly for things like food and other things I normally buy. I just finalized a lease for a new apartment after negotiating back and forth via e-mail. Roughly the same size as my old apartment and of course fully renovated, but for $1600. An apartment of the same size say five years ago or less could be had for $1100-1200. Then you look at the cost of food now versus just a few years ago. Organic milk in some places is over $6.00 versus being around $4.00 not too long ago. Try going into a store with $5.00 and getting something of actual quality. I was thinking about this a few months ago and decided to experiment. The cheapest thing was a little over $3.00. The idea of providing these people with reduced fare passes doesn't sit well with me because I believe it opens the door to more feelings of entitlement. If you keep giving people everything without them having to work for it, they don't appreciate it most of the time. It's like a lot of school kids now. They get a free pass so they think that means they NEVER have to pay to get around the city, even on weekends or when they aren't in school, and this sense of entitlement lingers. Some board members have also said that the fares are too high, or rather the rate at which they keep going up. If you look at the rate of inflation versus salaries in this city overall, it's pretty easy to see why so many people are getting roommates and can't afford to live their own. lol The problem is though, I don't see how the increase in the fares can slow down with everything else going up. workers are already complaining that they are being priced out of the City, as many of them now commute from afar, and that puts more pressure on the to pay higher salaries and benefits. That money has to come from somewhere. Couple that with their need for more funding for capital projects and so on and sooner or later the increases to them likely feel justified.
  6. Southwest Brooklyn encompasses several areas, including neighborhoods such as Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Sea Gate, as well as Coney Island. Bay Ridge is middle to upper middle class, and is especially well-to-do west of Third Avenue and around and along Shore Rd. The same is true of Dyker Heights. Coney Island meanwhile is quite poor overall with a large minority population and I'd say that cops are mainly there for safety purposes more than farebeating. All of the stations in Bay Ridge along the line don't suffer from farebeating from what I've seen, and more importantly, Bay Ridge is very safe, with very low crime, so you have to focus your resources where they are needed. A friend of mine is an NYPD cop who works in Bay Ridge and I can assure you that they don't spend a lot of time monitoring the subway stations there when there are more pressing issues.
  7. I didn't notice one either, but at the same time since you can board at any door, I rarely did so at the front entrance, which meant I rarely interacted with any driver. One of the things that impressed me the most was how educated the riders were. Everyone understood that you could board the bus at any door and stamp your ticket at any of the machines and there was only one payment system (a ticket) which could be easily bought at any Tabacchi stand which are basically everywhere, unlike here where if you aren't near a subway station, you're likely screwed. I was even more impressed with Bologna though. They had countdown clocks throughout the city which couldn't have been too easy to implement, given the architecture of the city, and both Milan and Rome had trams and buses (Milan and Rome both have small subway systems too). Using transportation is encouraged regardless of class too and is tiered. I found myself walking in a lot of places I visited, and where I didn't or couldn't because of hilly topography, a simple bus or train ride was fairly easy.
  8. A few months ago a bunch of black teens got on a B68 bus I was on. I was making my way over to the X28 bus. The driver waives them on because none of them were going to pay. They get on and loudly start talking about what they were going to eat. One of the mentioned that he had a $20 on him, but yet he didn't have money for the fare. Sometimes it's just an issue of them really believing that they are entitled to ride without paying, and that leads to issues elsewhere, so the question is why did he find it okay to pay for his food, but not okay to pay for his bus ride? I don't see the difference.
  9. The also needs to stop obsessing about fare beating and address the issue if you're as concerned about it as they claim they are. Surely they can't be that stupid not to know which lines have high rates of rampant farebeating. I see the B/Os pressing that F6 button or whatever button it is a lot on lines like the Bx6 so it is being reported. Take the steps necessary and call it a day and allow bus service to speed up the way that it should. We also need to have drivers get back to focusing on driving and having less interaction with the passengers. Too many people getting on asking a thousand questions holding up service. In the time that I lived in Europe, I interacted with a B/O once, only because I wasn't sure of what stop I needed. I asked him in Italian, and he told me "I'll let you know when" (translated from Italian) and that was it. It makes service much better. He kept the bus moving, told me when the stop came that I needed and I was on my way.
  10. Ultimately we all make decisions in life. We can look at different circumstances and have empathy. That's fine, but that doesn't change the facts. I don't pretend to have the answers, but maybe the punishment could be changed. I doubt most of the people caught actually pay the fines anyway.
  11. It's called being accountable, which our society doesn't seem to think matters anymore. At the end of the day, we can make all of the excuses as to how it isn't someone's fault that they jumped the turnstile, but if you do the crime then you have to pay for it. You seem to be advocating for a pass for these sorts of things and I think that sends the wrong message because if we're supposed to excuse this behavior then what's the point of anyone paying for their fare? All of the other factors are secondary. Sometimes I wonder if you live in reality.
  12. I think you're a bit naïve. I've said that before. Some really don't care what happens if they jump the turnstile.
  13. That's interesting because you sure as hell talk a good game without saying much. As far as I'm concerned, I do my part helping youth to better themselves on a regular basis, so you can think whatever you want, but yes, why do you spill the beans with the truth.
  14. Let's all hold hands and sing Kumbaya.
  15. LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    Well this is weird. I'm on a peak train to Grand Central. Plenty of seats open and this lady is standing blocking the aisle. I got on and took my seat in the Quiet Car area thinking she was getting off, but nope. She's been standing since I got on in Riverdale.

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