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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. Yeah, I worked at 370 Jay Street for two summers with the when I was in high school. 370 Jay Street was an eyesore. I recall it being covered in scaffolding for the two summers I worked there. We had to go to 180 Livingston street to turn in time sheets IIRC, and that location was a lot nicer, as it was newer. 370 Jay wasn't run down, but the scaffolding was an eyesore. My guess is they moved people from 347 Madison down to 2 Broadway. Seems big enough to do that. The main conference room that I've been in is huge, so there definitely is enough space from what I've seen. I'm a little confused to be honest. 347 Madison still appears to have staff there, though it is unclear in what capacity. Everyone that I deal with is down at 2 Broadway now.
  2. There's a reason that the BxM6 only makes three stops in the Bronx. It is there to get people that live in the large Parkchester complex to Manhattan quickly, faster than the train, which it does when traffic isn't too bad. With the first two stops, the bus is usually quite crowded. The issue isn't the amount of stops because the first two stops serve two different areas of the large housing complex. The issue is the cost. The housing prices in Parkchester have shot up, as has the cost of the express bus, which is now $6.75 each way or $13.50 round trip. That means more people using the subway which is almost three times cheaper. I use the BxM6 for extended periods of time, as I conduct business in Parkchester and see who rides. Ridership is never horrible, but has declined compared to where it was years ago.
  3. Waste of a route. The Bx20 is just a feeder route for people along Henry Hudson Parkway to connect to the train. Nothing more, nothing less.
  4. Definitely arson based on how many fires were set and how quickly they burned.
  5. The last thing anyone should be worrying about is the stupid train cars, which can be replaced...
  6. That would be dead on arrival, since Fieldston is private and they would not want any buses coming through there.
  7. I have never heard the term “Mid-Bronx” used. Northwest Bronx, West Bronx, East Bronx, Northeast Bronx, and the South Bronx is usually what people say...
  8. Right. 246th and Henry Hudson Parkway is one spot, or Independence and 239th Southbound is another spot, only because Independence at that point is wide, allowing for the layover of multiple buses, etc. Additionally, I’m not sure who would be riding a bus that runs on Allerton or Gun Hill, even having it stop short of upstairs Riverdale. I just don’t see any demographic using it like that. Now with the Bx10, we have the home attendants and healthcare workers that take that bus from parts of the Bronx like Norwood. I am pretty sure that with the amount of senior homes here in Riverdale, a lot of the people working there likely live in the Northeast part of the Bronx, but with the street configurations, etc., they just drive. I see them often going to their car. They don’t live in Riverdale or anywhere nearby.
  9. The best option... Leaving the BxM1 as is! It would be great to have a bus down Fort Washington Av that helped the train though. That train is so bad that I avoid it at all costs. There needs to be another transit option up there near the Cloisters. I have had to bail and get an Uber more times than I can count because the is such a mess.
  10. Have you been to that area to see how hilly it and how the streets meander to get over to Fort Washington Av? Having a rout on Fort Washington Av... Ok fine. That’s a main corridor. A bus on Overlook Av makes a lot less sense though. It’s all residential and a side street at that. Too much meandering involved, given the hilly terrain.
  11. If you have been here in upstairs Riverdale, you know that there are only a few ways out, all via hills. Running a bus along Palisade Av is not happening. First off, very little of Palisade Avenue has sidewalks. Second, you have very expensive real estate there and people like it quiet. They would raise hell for any sort of bus running along there, not to mention that parts of Palisade Avenue is narrow. The same is true of Edsall Avenue. Narrow... Now, Metro-North runs shuttle buses along parts of Palisade Avenue, but that is for only a few hours Monday - Friday, and those buses are small. Running the buses via Henry Hudson Parkway or via Riverdale Av are the most viable options because either the street is wide enough (Riverdale Av is wide and a commercial corridor in Central Riverdale), or in the case of Henry Hudson Parkway, while narrow (the service road), it’s really the only option. It cuts through the core of the neighborhood, and the large co-ops, condos and other buildings usually sit back far enough for any noise to not be so bad. I live steps from the Henry Hudson Parkway and can see the buses from my block, so I have first hand experience with all of this. People up here fight fiercely to preserve the quietness and quaintness of the area and green space, and that includes limiting pollution from traffic. We even had people at a Metro-North meeting complaining about the shuttle buses which are much smaller than buses. They wanted Metro-North to provide quieter, smaller, more eco-friendly buses. It is tough to use buses up here because Riverdale unlike most of the Bronx was not created with a street grid, which means that streets start and suddenly stop at random places. It was not originally created with density in mind, hence the narrow, winding streets that we have when we had a smaller population and fewer apartment buildings. Much of Riverdale consisted of large estates, many of which still exists, so it definitely was not planned with buses in mind. lol Regarding the route, I honestly do not see a need for service on either line. People in Riverdale do not travel that far east, at least not by bus with tons of regularity. The main spots are the schools and hospitals (Lehman College, Montefiore Medical Center, etc.). If you notice, the Bx7, Bx10 and Bx20 pretty much were left as is, and there’s a reason for that. You can’t do much to change the routes that travel East-West like Bx10. They meander, but that’s because of how the streets are laid out and the hilly topography. Can’t do much about it, and people would go crazy if they lost access to Montefiore. If people are going to places like Orchard Beach from Riverdale, it would likely be by car. Too far east by bus to be worthwhile. We have people here that usually will just drive to Westchester, which is a lot faster and easier than heading to say Co-Op City.
  12. Where is it? In any case, I don’t see the point in having it end at 242nd when lots of people would need the bus north of that? Creating routes isn’t just about routing, but also understanding demographics. You have to see where people are going and need access to, not let’s draw a route and see if this works. lol Doesn’t work that way. In my neighborhood, anyone going west of 231st and Broadway need access to Montefiore Medical Center, and Lehman College or the Bronx School of Science. Those are just some examples, but a lot of people just take the bus down to the train to get into Manhattan. Another segment of people need it for NewYork-Presbyterian’s hospitals or medical centers, and some use it to go shopping along Broadway.The rest use the express buses and Metro-North for work in Manhattan or pleasure. We have a lot of people that move to my area from the zUpper West Side and Upper East Side, that still need access to those areas. That is why we have an East Side and a West Side express bus because there is enough ridership to sustain both lines. We also have no East Side subway line nearby. The line is a long bus ride away.
  13. This Bx14 wouldn’t go near Fieldston, so they wouldn’t care. @Jova42R Having any bus end at 232nd makes no sense. There is no where to layover, and any bus having to turn there would have a very hard time because of the narrow service roads along Henry Hudson Parkway. The best place to short turn buses is up by 246th and Henry Hudson Parkway because there is space to layover and enough room to turn without issues. Anytime a part of Henry Hudson Parkway is closed off, it creates major issues because the alternatives are mainly narrow side streets with the exception of parts of Independence Avenue. Some areas also have no sidewalks, so that’s another problem. Parts of the area are also very hilly, so looking at a map does not tell the entire story. There are shuttle buses that start over by 232nd and Henry Hudson Parkway, but they are a lot smaller. They also start over by Independence, which is wider, but again, turning there isn’t a problem, because those shuttle buses are smaller.
  14. The person coming up with such ideas is apparently just looking at a map. Fort Washington Av is located up in the hills of Fort George, Hudson Heights and Washington Heights and is not easy to reach. Any sort of BxM1/M98 merger would make no sense at all. You would have to eliminate part of the BxM1 route and it still would be too long and involve too much meandering.
  15. No ban as of now. I spoke with someone about this earlier today.
  16. I am still going to my office, though I have been using a mix of Uber, Metro-North the express buses. Today I took an Uber to Metro-North into Grand Central. The station was filled with people that clearly are homeless or have mental illnesses, and yesterday after refilling my Metrocard at the subway, I saw the same thing by Bryant Park and elsewhere. The rest of what you state is all debatable.
  17. No they are just vans or Access-A-Ride style buses... As far as the plan, those shuttles are fairly tailored to the needs of the students and perhaps faculty.
  18. They own a few buildings that I live near in Riverdale. The first one is "The Arbor". That is a condo development that they took over years ago and made into student housing for their graduate students, so they are apartments with a doorman down stairs. Their shuttle buses are basically like mini vans and are waiting right outside of the building. They run pretty frequently. I would say about every 20 - 30 minutes most of the day. I believe they run to the 1 train station and perhaps another location, but I'm not sure if any of them go directly to Columbia. They used to not run as frequently, but they expanded the service recently. In any event, some of the Columbia students take the express buses to and from Riverdale when the shuttles don't run or aren't available, and the Metro-North Hudson Raillink shuttle buses also stop there right in front of the building. I don't think their shuttle service runs on weekends. The second building that they own a few blocks away I believe is mainly for Columbia University staff. There is no shuttle service for that building. The shuttle service that does exist does some sort of loop. They start at 3260 Henry Hudson Parkway, then loop around from there.
  19. Why would they need their routes changed? They also have shuttle buses here in Riverdale near me. They run frequently now for the a Columbia graduate students that live in their luxury dorms.
  20. You two can speak for yourselves. For people without subways, they are a necessity.
  21. OMNY comes with its own problems. You will still have to go through a claims process if you are double charged, etc.
  22. I don’t see what the rush is. The goal with OMNY is to ensure that is reliable and secure, and they will continue to roll it out in stages with that criteria in mind. People can still use Metrocards for the time being.
  23. I always use a credit card for my Metrocard purchases just to cover myself. Easier to get a refund. With cash, if the card is lost you are SOL.
  24. Many people have heard of it, but that does not work for everyone. It comes with certain caveats. There is no option for express bus riders that use a pass for starters, and I also don't like that it automatically refills. I refill my pass when I ready to because I want control over that. If for some reason your card can't be refilled using the credit or debit card on file, it will block your Metrocard from being used, even if there's enough on the Metrocard to cover your fares, which is absurd.
  25. I discussed OMNY with the when I started my advocacy group. The plan has always been to roll out everything in stages, in part to ensure that the new system is reliable and secure. They didn't have anything really set in stone because of the aforementioned concerns. I think as they see how the system responds and holds up to daily usage, then they can focus on the other details
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