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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. What about them? They are proposing to make it more difficult for thousands of Mount Sinai workers and patients to reach their appointments by removing the stop on the BxM2. Nothing good about that. We want the BxM2 to serve that stop and not have patients be forced to walk further after doctor’s appointments. The whole idea is outrageous.
  2. Yes, let’s discuss. Do you use any of these bus lines, or did you just look at a map?
  3. Follow-up letter to Andy Byford... Some members of the advocacy group have also written letters to the Riverdale Press to counter Andy Byford’s piece, and we will write one as well. This is from some of the elected officials:
  4. How so? Express bus service in Bay Ridge has better when the buses aren’t breaking down on the Gowanus. lol
  5. Been there for at least a week. Where did that bus come from? Eastchester?
  6. How can anyone "know" anything for something that is a rumor at best? Some of these questions make no sense. Are there things happening behind the scenes? Possibly, but without any particulars, it makes no sense to even speculate at this point.
  7. Why are people fare beating is easy to answer.... Because they can, and they feel entitled. This nonsense about being "poor" is a poor excuse. I'd wager that a tiny amount of population is so poor that they can't afford $2.75, and most of those people aren't the ones fare beating.
  8. We had a nice meeting last Wednesday (the third one we've had since I started the advocacy group). Had a few people come over and shake my hand, which also happened last night, but I think as time goes on, there is a respect that they didn't have for me before. They saw a young guy like me and thought, lol this is just a phase. Now they realize I know my **it and we're not going away.
  9. Absolutely. There are some that believe that the local buses will be left alone. They are sadly mistaken. They are not taking any money from cuts to express bus service to add more local buses (believe me). They don't care how overcrowded the local buses are. They care about costs and screw the riding public.
  10. It's clear from speaking with two of the senior planners last week at the offices that they have positions about each and every bus line. Whatever they wrote for the Bx46 about the routing in their proposals is what they want for the line, mainly based off of the costs associated with it. If the line is going to run every 30 minutes, then they don't care a thing about extending it further. They are content with the ridership it'll get at 30 minute head ways because they won't have to spend more money to run more service, and that's what it comes down to. Not saying it's right or wrong, but that's how they think.
  11. It was at least for the express buses... One of the drivers that I know is also a union rep. and he was talking to the Riverdale Press after the Town Hall meeting about what they are doing and plan on doing. They are speaking with the elected officials as well about this. Overall, the drivers need to be aware. Can't just sit around and drive a bus and be completely oblivious that your livelihood may be on the line. People have to start waking up and stopping the madness that is the . They are acting like they're a private entity when they serve the public with taxpayer dollars. It's absurd. We are definitely going to start looking at lawsuits on ADA grounds if they don't remove these proposed cuts from the table. This is just the beginning.
  12. Aside from that, bus picks may be held up because of these proposed service cuts. We had TWU 100 at our Town Hall meeting last night and they were talking about how they are refusing to pick because the wants to have fewer drivers for the same amount of runs.
  13. It was a dreary, cold night, but our outreach was fantastic! I am extremely proud of everyone who spread the word from the Express Bus Advocacy Group and beyond... This was the Riverdale Temple tonight...
  14. That’s supposed to be the procedure, but there is no way in hell some depots clean their buses that often. By cleaning, that usually means “sweeping” and perhaps “mopping”, but in terms of the inside being cleaned down for dust or whatever... That’s another matter. My uncle used to tell me that the inside of the buses were rarely cleaned and he was a driver out of 100th Street for years. Some things never change...
  15. There have been undercover cops in the subways for as long as I can remember.
  16. Cops have always been in the subway. Stop talking foolishness. The only issue here is how many are being used.
  17. That’s not the only way. They can go back to having plain clothes officers do operations and busts on the subways and buses. God forbid they go back to tried and true tactics...
  18. Spending $250 million dollars to save $200 million is questionable for sure when you are cutting service. I don’t see why they can’t address the fare beating problem with a lower price tag...
  19. I don't think anything should be cut. I thought the was supposed to alleviate crowding on the Lex line, but that has been short lived. Wednesday was the first time in a while that I have used the subway, and I don't regret it. I have heard of nothing but endless problems, especially on the and line.
  20. How in the hell are they cutting the and ? Wednesday morning I was LATE getting to my meeting with the because the was so packed that I had to wait a good FOUR trains because I could squeeze on one. Sadly my BxM18 was so late getting to 42nd and 5th that I had to get off and run over to the subway, which was not my plan. Either way, this is ridiculous. After finally squeezing on a train, we then CRAWLED down to Bowling Green. Started the meeting 10 minutes late and I was not happy considering that I got on the 7:15 bus from Riverdale, so basically almost two hours to get Downtown. Ridiculous.
  21. I am happy to follow-up to see what the story is. Also keep me posted on the evening QM1s. The last few nights now they have been running a QM1 on the QM5, so they must be short or short drivers or both. Either way, we keep track of it daily. I was promised that if they did that, the QM5s would run via Fresh Meadows, and on bus time you can’t tell, but the sign on the bus will often say “Glen Oaks via Fresh Meadows” when you see it in person. If we need to reach out to elected officials again to remedy that situation, we will, but supposedly part of the issue is the run times that they have in place have not changed in DECADES, and they can’t change them! I almost fell out of the chair in the conference room when I heard that one. They inherited the run times from the private companies, and due to a series of issues (one being budgetary constrains) they’ve got things like buses having 10 minutes to go from 34th to 57th Street at all times. I mention this because we were talking about that express bus audit from 2015 and them having realistic schedules and runtimes.
  22. If we had better transportation throughout the ENTIRE city, I could understand having bus lanes 24/7, but with the way the is going trying to justify cutting service at every turn, they are essentially forcing people to drive, and so those people should be able to get around as well.
  23. Making bus lanes 24/7 in some cases make no sense. If traffic is flowing then you don't need them 24/7.
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