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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. I'll speak with the DOT rep. again later today and update.
  2. It has been several months since I have used a Metro-North ticket machine. In fact, I took a semi-express train home tonight. I have the e-tix app on my phone and my iPad in case I lose juice or forget one device. Very convenient and quick, not to mention no waste of paper, which I esp. like. I also don't have to worry about the conductor saying that he can't read my ticket. My iPad is big enough that you can clearly see all pertinent information without even coming right over to me. They just walk down the aisle look and keep on going.
  3. I'm dealing with the deputy borough commissioner and we were talking about how this project could impact other things that the DOT wants to do. The lawyer representing the store owners is essentially the same guy that got the M14 bus lanes stopped. We will reconvene again tomorrow afternoon. He has also saw my comments for the Bronx Express Bus Redesign Network, so he knows I'm quite involved in this whole process, particularly for express bus service.
  4. QM24, QM25 and QM34 riders: I just spoke with a DOT rep. via conference call that is involved with the bus lanes project along Fresh Pond Road. If you support the project or know someone in the area of Ridgewood, Middle Village or Glendale that does, please reach out to me either here or in a DM. It is very helpful if members of the community show support for it so that this can be given a chance to see if it can not only improve the service for commuters, but for those in cars as well. Thanks! @QM1to6Ave @QM17ofTheRockaways @ViaWaterViaChurch @BM5 via Woodhaven
  5. Seems like a ton of those hybrids went to Manhattan...
  6. There really isn't a need to have the Bx10, Bx7 and Bx1 go to 263rd. From 246th and Henry Hudson it's a 5 minute ride. 10 minutes tops. That's why the Bx20 terminates at 246th and HHP. The Bx1 would provide help to the Bx7 particularly for Riverdale and 236th and Henry Hudson Parkway and 239th which are two big stops. Instead of having riders flagged in the morning, people would be able to get on.
  7. We wanted the route broken up, not straightened, and we wanted things like the Bx1 extended to 246th. I'm sure you knew all of this though from the meetings you attended. Rather condescending to come in and try to tell people what they want when you attend a few meetings.
  8. I would say that isn't quite the case. Many expected more. Quick frankly the Bx10 is lackluster.
  9. Latest news: -The Express Bus Advocacy Group is almost a year old with almost 1,600 members. -Express bus service is still a work in progress, but we've seen some improvements on a number of lines that had serious issues. -We've sent our Fair Fares petition to Governor Cuomo to reinstate the monthly pass, senior discount and student discount at all times. The petition garnered over 300 signatures and over 500 likes via social media.
  10. And aside from the people that were at the event (it wasn't exactly a packed house), what exactly is the position of the community?
  11. There's almost a 40 block gap from 86th to 125th, which is just absurd. We've had numerous commuters asking for some sort of stop in between, ideally at 96th Street, and while 96th and 5th/3rd aren't perfect, it is better than the current set-up. The stop at 125th (technically 122nd Southbound and 121st respectively) were requested years ago by riders which is the only reason they were added, hence the huge gap. Benedetto secures Bronx–Harlem express bus stop Your voice has been heard. “For too long, Bronx residents have been inconvenienced. After speaking with members of the community and learning about their need for an express bus stop in Harlem, I fought to make it happen. No longer will people need to transfer at Mid-town Manhattan to get to their jobs, family or friends.” — Assemblyman Michael Benedetto https://www.assembly.ny.gov/member_files/082/20060509/
  12. There's nothing for me to re-read, I'm simply stating the 's position... Nothing more nothing less, and your comments about how only a few would benefit. Coming to a meeting does not necessarily convey the needs of people that live and work in the area. It seems like you feel that you know what the needs of the community are because you come to some meetings, but coming to meetings and living some place is two different things.
  13. They explained their reasoning for keeping lines such as the Bx10 as is. They spoke up in Kingsbridge at the Fast Forward Open House that I attended and stated they were trying to keep important connections in play, so Montefiore is a perfect example. The meeting was held down in Kingsbridge, but it was meant for us in Riverdale, as Byford addressed us by that neighborhood when he spoke, as our community has been quite vocal and active about our service (both local and express). We have many people who live in Norwood but work in Riverdale, and many people who live in Riverdale and go to Montefiore for medical appointments, etc., so many would be upset if the line were severed. There's really no real way to "straighten out the Bx10", not unless you want to lose connections to Bronx Science, Lehman College, and other important links. Include the terrain and things like the reservoir as another challenge. The topography was something I spoke about with one of the lead Bronx planners in the first meeting we had, and I made it very clear that the hilly topography would be a challenge, and they clearly realized that too, which is why very few stops were removed on certain lines.
  14. This article is dated and is from July, which is after the original draft was released, so it's a bit misleading. Since then, I have been in close contact with Assemblyman Dinowitz about the BxM4 and our rejection of the BxM4 proposal. Additionally, we wrote some eight pages worth of feedback on the proposed Bronx express bus changes and submitted them directly to the MTA planners for their review, so it is too early to say what will happen. One of the senior planners stressed that these were only proposals and that the was open to making changes because there has been A LOT of feedback and pressure on the to make changes, not just from elected officials but from the communities themselves, and they have been far more open to listening. It's important to note that Byford was not a part of the Staten Island redesign from the start, and thus the results of that project don't really fall on him. Overall riders in our group supported the following: -The addition of 96th and 3rd/96th and 5th as a stop for the BxM6-BxM10 -Changes to the BxM3 Our group does not support the following: -Changes to the BxM1, BxM2, BxM4, BxM5 (currently the BxM11), BxM6, BxM8, BxM9 BxM10 and BxM18. We have made it very clear we will petition if need be should they go through with the BxM4 proposals and will consider legal action if need be to fight using ADA accessibly, which has been done previously on lines such as the X27.
  15. Bus was formed from all of the former private bus companies. Everything else is under NYCT if not Bus. I'm not getting into the whole union thing. Someone else can answer that. The only buses in Co-Op City that are under Bus is the Bx23, Q50 and BxM7. The Bx26, Bx28, Bx30, Bx29 and Bx30 all are under NYCT, so you should definitely see some buses under NYCT up there.
  16. Absolutely not. I stated that some people are abusing the situation and that the is cracking down. I don't see it as one and the same....
  17. Well it was what the community wanted, and there are a few people in my group that support the Q50 staying as is. The elected officials pushed for this based on the community feedback. I don't have much to say on the local lines since I don't use them.
  18. They may revisit this when the Outer borough Transit Fund becomes available. Right now they're considering service to Hudson Yards for Staten Island.
  19. Reading is fundamental: "Other east Bronx bus routes that won’t be effected by the MTA redesign are the: Bx23, Bx26, Bx28 and Bx30."
  20. LOL I'm quoting the article... Yes, it's the Q50. That was the old name for the route.
  21. Yeah in order to keep the QBx50 during peak periods, they gave up the BxM17. The BxM17 would've been experimental at best, while the QBx50 is proven and is well utilized.
  22. There will be no "extension" of the BxM7. That "extension" was to be the BxM17, and that's not happening. Poorly worded by whoever wrote the article, not to mention the grammar.
  23. East Bronx buses not affected by MTA redesign plan Photo by Silvio Pacifico People boarding the Bx40 Bus at Tremont and Randall Avenues. East Bronx residents were elated to learn that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s bus route initiative will have little to no impact on their present bus travel configurations. The Bx8, Bx24 and Bx40 routes, which service Throggs Neck and several communities to its north, appeared to be facing major rerouting and inconvenient tranfers. They will be left as is. In Co-op City the Bx23, Bx26, Bx26, Bx30 and QBx50 will continue to service the Mitchell-Lamas’ 45,000 residents. The Bx8 route, which would have had its terminus at Layton Avenue and Dean Avenue under the MTA plan, will continue to snake through Locust Point, across a piece of Throggs Neck that lies between the Throgs Neck Expressway and Eastchester Bay, as it heads north to Williamsbridge Road via Crosby Avenue. The MTA plan had envisioned the Bx24 stating in Locust Point, picking up the former Bx8 stops, then proceeding to Country Club and Spencer Estate and out to Hutch Metro center via Westchester Avenue. In addition the MTA planned to replace the Bx24’s current looping route through Country Club and Spencer Estate with a two-way route that had fewer stops. Residents from the shoreline communities in Throggs Neck loudly opposed the MTA plan that requirred a transfer to access Crosby Avenue and other non-residential areas of the east Bronx, according to Throggs Neck Homeowners Association president Lynn Gerbino. “Between people going food shopping, to seniors in our community, and bad weather, having to transfer (at Layton Avenue) to get to Crosby Avenue shouldn’t be necessary,” she said, mentioning that Assemblyman Michael Benedetto was instrumental in pressing the MTA to keep the routes intact Assemblyman Benedetto and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie worked quietly behind the scene to mitigate the impact of the bus route changes. “Andy Byford, president of NYC Transit told the people of Co-op City that he would consider their needs after he presented the first draft of the bus plan several months ago. I want to thank Mr. Byford and his team for listening to its riders, Benedetto said, adding the MTA was just as responsive to his constituents in Throggs Neck, Country Club and Spencer Estate. Spencer Estate Civic Association vice president, George Havranek opposed the Bx24’s two-way bus traffic proposal because he felt the community’s narrow streets could not support such a plan. The bus route redesign had the Bx24 travelling on the area’s main thoroughfare, Stadium Avenue, between Throggs Neck and Country Club. Havranek explained that the street’s narrowest point between Fairmount and Layton avenues would not support the route’s proposed realignment. “Even if you daylighted the entire block, two buses wouldn’t be able to pass (at the same time),” he said mentioning that one of the only options would be to remove all street parking in the area. Havranek pointed out that a similar logistical problem would occur at Ampere Avenue and Kennellworth Place as well. “Those streets are critically to the redesign,” he said. According to the redesign plan, the current Bx40 coverage area would have become a two-fare zone, which was also opposed by many in the area. The Bx40 currently terminates at Maritime College. The proposed change would terminated the Bx40 route at Harding Avenue and East Tremont Avenue and would have extended the Bx42 bus to Maritime College. Bx40 riders would need to make a transfer to reach the Pennyfield area. The Bx40 route along Harding was dramatically shortened under the MTA plan, cutting out service to residents between Graff and Emerson avenues. The proposed plan had the northbound Bx40 making a right turn from Harding Avenue onto Balcolm Avenue and then a right at Randall Avenue, and then returning to East Tremont, on its way to Westchester Square. To accomplish this route the MTA would remove a guard rail located on Balcom Avenue that deliberately prevents through traffic on the residential block. That plan was opposed by Balcom Avenue residents that fear opening the street would lead to an influx of speeding vehicles. Activist Egidio Sementelli held a rally on Balcom Avenue to keep the Bx40 bus route as it currently is on Friday, September 6. Other east Bronx bus routes that won’t be effected by the MTA redesign are the: Bx23, Bx26, Bx28 and Bx30. Co-op City had formed an ad-hoc committee to present its needs to the MTA in response to the bus proposal. All of the committee’s recommendations were fully accepted with the exception of one. In a compromise, the group ceded an expansion of the BxM7 to Wall Street in exchange for peak period QBx50 service to Co-op City. Also, City Island’s Bx29 will no longer service Co-op City. It will now terminate at Pelham Bay Station. The MTA plan wii be released next week. Source: https://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2019/37/37-buses-2019-09-13-bx.html?fbclid=IwAR1ctDgT0urtUcqHsowHX2k2UObYgUfht_pJO1GuchKKpx93-Knf5zw8g0c

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