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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. Nothing. They are still pending, hence no updates.
  2. Oh please with that. I get so sick of employees bullshitting us and telling us that it's OUR fault that the damn system is falling apart!! Put the blame where it belongs!! We have a system that is in disrepair with a signaling system that is a century old!! If the damn trains ran on time people wouldn't be so apt to hold the doors the first place. I've been riding the subways for over 15 years now, and the system has been allowed to descend into the abyss!! I don't hold the doors and more times than not I don't see people holding the doors. What I DO see is trains holding in the stations and CRAWLING because of "train traffic" even when there are large gaps between trains. That one always gets me. There is just a lot of frustration with this system because we are a City that depends on public transportation and the system is FAILING taxpayers overall. The is allowed to run with no accountability whatsoever. The buses can run however as can the trains and it's okay. Meanwhile we have other transit systems as old as ours that are making serious strides. I run an advocacy group and people are just so fed up with the service. Day after day it's a crap shoot.
  3. lol... It is something that quite a few commuters in the group have been pushing for from the very beginning, and for a while service improved on some lines, but it seems as if they go right back to the same service with buses missing. Tonight just on the QM1, QM21 and BxM2, I count at least six buses missing, just for the evening rush alone. Some people are becoming disgruntled and are beyond frustrated. Constant delays, etc., so as I said we have to look at other options now.
  4. Latest developments: -Former Board Member Allen Cappelli has joined our group. -There are some riders that remain pissed with the for poor express bus service and are pushing us to push for a laywer to consider a lawsuit. We are open to the option and are currently seeing if we can locate a lawyer to consider the case and take it from there.
  5. Oh it's been happening regularly. I had it happen some weeks ago on an uptown train. We crawled crawled and crawled. Then at 175th street an inaudible, garbled announcement was made which at least half the car couldn't hear and NOT repeated. Doors were closed and then BOOM, no stops until 207th street. Myself and several other people were FURIOUS. Of course we had to take the same stupid train back to where we were getting off. All of that made me 20 minutes late!! If they're going to do it, make AUDIBLE announcements. Worst off is when they say they're going from express to local only to then go back to express when you've gotten off of the train. Just ridiculous...
  6. I mind it because most of them smell HORRIBLE. I have to go to Brooklyn here and there and my God the train is FULL of homeless people. It gets WORSE every weekend in fact. It's so bad that I have to scan every car that passes me before I get on. Coming back on the train in fact, I boarded and this homeless person took over the entire area where you have the two benches in the opposite corner of the train. ALL of their personal belongings taking up that entire area on BOTH sides. If you don't have that going on, they literally trash the entire train. It's ridiculous. The train has also been a big problem. You get on now and see them sprawled out, and some of them become belligerent.
  7. Becoming all too common... All of these homeless people with mental issues are getting on the trains lighting up. There was one on the train a few weeks ago in fact.
  8. That's correct. You'll also see a lot of training going on in Manhattan because of all of the stop and go traffic. I'm guessing they like to put the drivers in difficult situations and see how they handle them since you may be placed anywhere and will need to adjust accordingly.
  9. lol Most of the Bronx is poor, though that is changing as gentrification takes hold. That said, the only areas that are upper middle class would be Riverdale. Country Club and parts of Throggs Neck are also solidly middle class, along with Morris Park, Woodlawn, Pelham Gardens, City Island and Pelham Bay and Pelham Parkway. The rest is mainly poor or working class at best.
  10. I made a big stink about the run times for the QMs. They agreed to look at some of them such as the QM2/QM20 issue along 59th street. We shall see. I sent over a long list of requests from the last meeting. Waiting for a response...
  11. There were a litany of complaints about missing buses this morning. Between this morning and tonight, easily a good dozen buses that we know about...
  12. None of this excuses the fact that these buses should’ve been retired. That said, this does seem like a publicity stunt. These elected officials should’ve been there pushing the entire time. Maybe this will change some things. We need buses retired within 15 years. 20 years + is too long and all riders should expect clean and reliable buses, which unfortunately is not the case on a number of lines across the City. If the won’t or can’t replace buses sooner, make sure that buses are fixed and rehabbed. We’ve seen countless examples of buses breaking down that aren’t even that old leading to passengers having to go to the hospital for respiratory issues. That is unacceptable. In fact I raised the issue with two elected officials in Southern Brooklyn about Ulmer Park Depot and they are raising the issue with some big wigs at the such as Pat Foye, as they should. Buses that are six years old should not see the kinds of defects we’re seeing, so I can’t imagine what happens with these buses.
  13. It was about right when I need it genius. It’s called a schedule and one was due from the yard at 137th as is always the case at various times during the morning rush precisely because of the overcrowding. If you weren’t so busy in la la land you would get a clue. I have taken that train numerous times in fact.
  14. Well why the hell are you bringing it up for then? It’s a moot point to go on incessantly about the fare structure there knowing why they are low in the first place. Ever since you’ve been there, you’ve gone on non-stop about how low their fares are. Enough taxes are paid to make them low, and quite frankly, enough taxes are paid here as well. To be brunt, stop acting like things are so grandiose there, because their **** stinks just the same. The difference is I don’t need to *ask someone*. I lived there and know the deal. Plenty of problems in the EU as well. When you enact all sorts of taxes, they eventually catch up to you. Just ask France about that...
  15. The fact of the matter is all of Quill's artic lines are SBS lines, and the gets federal funding for those buses, so they are going to take advantage of it and milk it for what it's worth. All of the SBS lines got new buses recently and it will continue that way for the foreseeable future. Less money that the has to put out for the new buses...
  16. I wouldn't say it's intentional, but as I said earlier, rest assured that the areas that complain the most tend to get buses sooner. Years ago folks in Bay Ridge made a stink about the express buses constantly being hand-me-downs from Staten Island. Senator Golden wrote to the requesting that new buses be provided.
  17. For years Quill had pretty beat up buses. It's about time that they get newer fleet quite frankly. I got sick of riding those run down RTSs on the M66, M72 and M42 with no AC in the dead of summer. Those buses need to go. End of story. The drivers may like them, but the riders are PAYING for a service and should get new fleet with amenities from the 21st century. You also forget that Quill now has several SBS lines that see heavy usage - M79, M86, M23, M60, M34 and M34A, all are SBS lines, so they will get newer buses for the foreseeable future on those lines, and the M14 will be SBS as well.
  18. Those RTS buses are what? 20 years old or thereabouts? Not too shocking...
  19. Whether its by coincidence or not, these are the facts, and there is some truth here. The areas that scream the loudest tend to get the newer fleet first. We have express buses that are over 10 years old, but they are kept in pristine condition. One night waiting by 63rd and Broadway, our BxM2 express bus rolls up and the signage wasn't working. A guy gets on (one of the Lincoln Center crowd types) and he was quite cranky about the signage not working and he let the driver know about it too. Never saw that bus like that again. It was pulled and immediately addressed. In my neighborhood, people feel quite free to make a note of going to community board meetings of all sorts to express their feelings about the smallest issues, and it makes a difference in how the community is kept up and the service you receive. When we had a garbage issue with bins overflowing, I immediately wrote to my elected officials until it was addressed, and when it became a problem again, I did the same thing. You have to speak up to keep your neighborhood looking nice because no one will do it for you. Same is true with bus fleet. I don't complain about our buses because they are clean overall and very well maintained. I don't ride the local buses often, but they are not very old either. The last buses we received are from 2015 or so and they are fairly quiet.
  20. I never gave it much thought, but I can see this having some truth. When we have transportation meetings in my neighborhood of any sought, people come out. When we had a Metro-North hearing for semi-express service, we had a discussion about the bus fleet that served our Metro-North stations. Everyone agreed that we needed more environmentally sound buses. I guess when you have more things to worry about, you may not have the time to be as involved. I have taken off quite a few times to go to transportation meetings in my neighborhood but if you are an hourly worker, taking time off means lost wages.
  21. Brooklyn's poorest residents get stuck with the MTA's oldest buses By CLAYTON GUSE| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |MAR 17, 2019 | 6:00 AM East New York and Brownsville in Brooklyn are served by a disproportionately high number of old, diesel-burning buses, while residents in wealthier areas in west Brooklyn are more likely to be met by newer vehicles with fancy features like phone chargers and WiFi. (Clayton Guse / New York Daily News) The MTA sticks Brooklyn’s poorest communities with its crummiest buses. East New York and Brownsville, neighborhoods with median household incomes of less than $40,000, are served by a disproportionately high number of old, diesel-burning buses, a Daily News analysis shows. Residents in wealthier areas on the western end of the borough are more likely to be met by newer vehicles with fancy features like phone chargers and WiFi, The News’s analysis shows. An army of old buses also rolls up and down the west side of Manhattan, through some of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. But in Brooklyn, the trend of poor people being met with old buses is undeniable, The News’s analysis shows. Seventeen bus routes serve East New York or Brownsville, and the average age of the vehicles running on nine of those lines is more than 10 years. Park Slope, Williamsburg and Greenpoint, whose residents’ incomes average twice that of people on the eastern end of Brooklyn, also have 17 bus routes within their borders. Just three routes in those neighborhoods have buses 10 years old or older. The average age of NYC Transit buses is 9.2 years. That average does not count express buses, which are typically older. Individual buses are not assigned to individual routes. The vehicles are housed in one of the MTA’s 29 depots in and around the city, and are dispatched to different lines affiliated with each depot. If a depot is stuck with a higher portion of old buses, so are the routes that operate out of it. Bus Age chart: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-brooklyn-buses-old-rts-map-20190316-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3f9sVJssEnmXiZb0TPq0IKYw0GGcZStUQE0j7G7IeL39FsaZdOTO64b4c The MTA’s service standards say the average age of buses assigned to each depot and division should be between six and seven-and-a-half years. That standard is not met at the East New York and Flatbush bus depots, which service routes in some of Brooklyn’s neediest areas. The agency’s standards also say that the depots with the oldest buses should be the first to get new ones — but that is far from the case in Brooklyn. The 11-year average age of buses serving local lines from the East New York depot and the 11 ½-year average age of local buses running from the Flatbush depot is inflated by an unusually high number of 21-year-old diesel buses, the RTS-06s. These bruisers, built by Volvo, blast strong heat and exhaust out the back and are the next on the MTA’s replacement list. The 214 RTS-06s make up about 4% of NYC Transit’s total fleet — but on local routes running out of the East New York or Flatbush depots, they make up 20% of the buses in service. While the trend of nicer buses rolling through wealthier neighborhoods does not persist citywide, The News’ findings paint a jarring picture for Brooklyn (pictured here). (Mapbox) The Jackie Gleason depot in Sunset Park and the Grand Ave depot in Maspeth, which serve lines operating in predominantly high-income neighborhoods, have none of the 21-year-old RTS buses. Instead, local routes running out of those depots have roughly 125 recently-bought New Flyer Excelsior buses. They come with WiFi, USB ports and sport head-turning blue livery. Fewer than five of the shiny New Flyer Excelsiors run on local routes operating out of the East New York and Flatbush depots. “We want to charge our phones, too,” said Francisco Cabrera, 26, who lives in Brownsville and rides the B25 bus several times a week. “It’d also help if the bus just came on time.” MTA spokesman Max Young told The News said the agency plans to replace all of the aged RTS buses at the East New York and Flatbush depots by the end of 2019. “The age of our fleet clearly underscores the need for congestion pricing and reliable revenue to fully fund our capital plan,” said Young. “Our customers deserve a new and state of the art transit system.” Sticking poorer communities with older buses comes with public health concerns. Diesel exhaust is linked to increased risk of heart disease and asthma. Julie Tighe, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said the MTA should be more aggressive in its roll out of electric buses. “The electrification should start in environmental justice communities, where the transition would make the biggest difference.” NYC Transit only has a handful of electric buses, and only the Grand Avenue depot in Maspeth, Queens is capable of charging them. A 21-year-old RTS-06 bus pulls into the East New York bus depot in March 2019. (Clayton Guse / New York Daily News) City Controller Scott Stringer — who in 2017 issued a report proposing improvement to the MTA’s bus service — said the way MTA buys buses is partially to blame. The MTA replaces a fourth of its fleet every three years, instead of one-twelfth of the fleet every year. “New York City buses are far too old,” Stringer said. Riders in East New York and Brownsville just want to stop feeling slighted. “I used to live in Williamsburg, and they have much nicer buses than out here,” said a straphanger named Felicia as she boarded an RTS bus on East New York Ave. “I hope they upgrade these soon.” Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-brooklyn-buses-old-rts-map-20190316-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3f9sVJssEnmXiZb0TPq0IKYw0GGcZStUQE0j7G7IeL39FsaZdOTO64b4c
  22. I only used those as examples. Plenty of other lines with missing scheduled service...
  23. Which is what I said already.... I spoke with somebody in the know about it so I have an idea of what is going on.

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