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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. I've been there several times with the QM6. I have relaxed on the grounds without issue with my iPad waiting for the next QM6. I actually need to contact them down the line to meet with them about service. I did some months ago and they were open to it. I just need to get a date down when I have time to go out there.
  2. The North Shore Towers is not unique in being a PRIVATE, GATED COMMUNITY. If you're going to allow local buses onto the private grounds then there's no point in it being a gated community. The exclusivity of the complex is what is being sold here. You are buying a lifestyle. That's the idea... The QM6 only comes onto the property for the benefit of the residents as another amenity to go to Manhattan. The North Shore Towers is its own community. That's why you're moving there... To LIVE, SHOP, etc. WITHIN the complex and enjoy the complex, not go outside for everything, hence all of the amenities... Tennis courts, golf course, movie theatre... All of these amenities exist within the complex so that you don't have to go elsewhere, BUT when you want to go to Manhattan, you have the express bus right at your doorstep to take you there. I'm pretty sure the workers that work there know about the transportation situation prior to them taking the job, and more than likely can use the shuttle bus service that the complex has if necessary. I can't think of any gated community in NYC that has local bus service come within the complex. Edgewater Park comes close with the Bx8 and BxM9 serving it, but those buses just go to the loop, pick-up and come back out. They don't go into the actual neighborhood. The QM6 comes right onto the private grounds serving each building directly.
  3. I said the same thing. People have a reading comprehension problem. It happens once every so many months. Not the end of the world.
  4. Well of course. Ultimately they have the final say and they want it to remain exclusive so that they can target those that can afford the complex. Having the QM6 come onto the private grounds gives them an amenity that they can sell to the younger crowd moving in that works in Manhattan. The complex has its own supermarket and bank with a golf course/country club, so the idea is you don't need to go taking the local bus for anything. You have it all here. If you want to go to a show in Manhattan (lots of residents in the complex do), well the express bus stops right on the grounds in front of each building. They also have a shuttle bus that takes people over to the LIRR. Most people drive anyway, or if they don't then there's the express bus. They market themselves as a "gated co‐op apartment and country club". If you have local buses running in there, then it's not exactly exclusive. lol http://www.northshoretowers.com/
  5. Might've been called back to the terminal....
  6. It's a MESS... Was just posted in my group...
  7. Yes... The M66 sees good usage... Hunter College, Lincoln Center... The hospitals on the East Side...
  8. Heh you'd be surprised. Castleton Depot is a real piece of work...
  9. I have had some HORRIBLE experiences with the ... Likely one reason the is so packed because the is so unreliable.
  10. What else is new with him... lol @Harry To answer your question, this protest was planned, and in my advocacy group, we posted that it would happen hours in advance. The had to know that it was happening. That said, neither the City, nor the was prepared. The solution was simple. Re-route the via 5th Avenue buses down Lex that could be. Others re-route them down 7th, which they did do eventually but not for a long while. Then they also did not alert customers about ConEd work happening on Madison. They re-routed the Madison Avenue buses up 3rd but no one knew outside of my group. That also was a notice we posted earlier in the day.
  11. Buy an umbrella and take a bus or an Uber....
  12. As we posted in our group this morning: DETOURS & XBUS ISSUES: We have two Eric Garner protests, and possible protests due to political unrest in Puerto Rico. -Eric Garner protests: One in Foley Square and the other on Staten Island. Both should be contained and not affect express bus service. -The Puerto Rico protests... Unclear where they will take place, but if we hear more we will post, as some are planned for today as well. -Also, if your express bus is on detour it will NOT appear on BusTime or your tracker while on detour. Very important that you check here for updates. -Any express bus without AC, please report that too. One bus reported here yesterday should now be pulled from service. Bus#2409....
  13. I'm sure he did... That said, even if it isn't a problem in my neighborhood, it is DEFINITELY a problem in the general area. Down the hill at 231st and Broadway is where it happens regularly.
  14. I don't think it's become that bad... Yet... What I have seen (and continue to see) is when there is farebeating in my neighborhood, it's usually school kids that likely are playing hooky trying to get back home wherever they live without paying. Several weeks ago, I was waiting for the express bus. Bx10 rolls up to the stop. Young high schooler gets on and tries to give some story. Driver wouldn't let him go. He got off and waited for the next bus. Not sure what happened, as my express bus came by the time another Bx10 came into the stop.
  15. Years ago the approached the North Shore Towers and asked them if they wanted service directly into the complex since it is private. They responded by having the QM6 come in to serve buildings 3, 2, and 1 (there is a QM6 stop for each building), but not the Q46, and it has remained that way today. I approached them a few months ago about a meeting there and I just have to arrange it, but I wanted to see what sort of express bus service they wanted. They do want Downtown service for sure.
  16. This actually kind of happens with the QM6 because only the QM6 is allowed into the North Shore Towers complex. They don't allow the Q46 in there, as they want it keep a more upscale feel for the co-op residents. However, plenty of workers work there and I have seen them on the QM6 when we leave the North Shore Towers. I believe they get off and transfer somewhere along Union Turnpike eventually, but they do pay $6.75.
  17. The beep sounds the same. The click noise I recall is the driver resetting the farebox to take another Metrocard.
  18. No, the beeping is more or less the same, hence the problem with the guy that was pulled off earlier today. The card had an error when it was dipped. Beeping noise made similar to the one that is made when the Metrocard is empty, which is what the undercover inspector went off of. The passenger had money on their card and didn't realize that it didn't go through and went and sat down. That then prompted the inspector to pull them off of the bus, believing that they were purposely trying to not pay. After dipping the card on another express bus to see if the Metrocard worked and verify the passengers' account, the farebox showed a transfer was taken (you get a transfer in between express buses via Metrocard only), so then it became clear that the farebox had a problem showing that the fare had been deducted on the first bus. Nevertheless, the inspector had already wrote the summons, so now this person has to go and try to get it tossed. Farebeating isn't a huge problem on express buses overall, but it can be a problem on Staten Island express buses because there are so few places to refill on the island. If the stores are out of Metrocards (happens often), and you can't get anywhere to refill or the places you can get to have their Metrocard machines broken (happens A LOT at the Eltingville Transit Center - people drive there to find out all of the machines are broken), that doesn't leave many options. There is OMNY now, but prior to that the machines didn't take coins either. The other issue is OMNY may or not be working on that bus so that doesn't leave you with many options. If no one is willing to dip for you or you don't have cash on you or another Metrocard, not much else you can do. The argument that the has always made was that enforcing farebeating wasn't worth it, but now they are losing so much money that it is really hurting them. They DO depend on fares for a portion of their revenue and they do analyze those things quarterly. They have to make projections about their finances to create budgets for the future and if they keep having projections of losses well they have to find that money elsewhere, as they are LEGALLY required BY LAW to have a balanced budget. That's why this becomes an even bigger problem. If they have to borrow more and more money just to operate, it becomes more and more expensive, hence the need for the fare hikes and the like. That's the problem though. The technology is not set up to pay the difference with another Metrocard (another example of how outdated the Metrocard is). If you dip a card that is short, before you would pay the difference in coins. Now that the fareboes no longer take coins on express buses, you can't do that, which means that the farebox will take off another $6.75, even if you are say $0.05 cents short. It can't just take off the difference.
  19. The MetroCard is outdated technology. I don't think anyone realizes that it came out in the 20th century. We're in the 21st century now and there are severe limitations with what can be done with that system, and the knows this. Look at how long it took them to come up with a way to refill your MetroCard and add more than one pass on it. With the newer systems, yes you have portable scanners. When I buy Metro-North tickets on my phone or iPad, the conductors often times have scanners with them to scan the e-tickets. With the express bus, you would have to dip again more than likely in order for the card to be read and I have never seen any sort of portable scanners for that. What they do is they have undercover inspectors on the express buses listening to the sound that the farebox makes. A read error will beep with the same beep as you not having any money on your Metrocard, so the inspector already knows that for whatever reason you did not pay. The problem is it's easy for them to just assume that the beep is due to non-payment, even if it's really a read error which is just that... A read error... I have had that happen to me only to have the card go through after several dips. SBS is easy because you usually get a receipt, which is what they go by, but that's a visual inspection, with no portable scanners used. At this point in the game, they likely feel that it would be a waste anyway, even if they could. Every conference call or meeting I have with them usually has some sort of mention about how they are "broke" and can't do this and that. lol Aside from that, they want to promote OMNY, which is a huge financial investment. When I spoke with them in my first meeting about OMNY, even then they admitted that they were basically figuring out everything as they go along. At that time they were looking at security, reliability and how open the system could be in terms of its flexibility to be customized to their needs. Now what they are doing is working in stages and testing the system offline before moving to make the next phase go live. Clearly some issues still to be resolved given how unreliable OMNY has been with broken scanners or scanners completely offline. The only good thing about the MetroCard is that it has lasted this long, but otherwise it needs to go.
  20. They were pulling people off of the express buses this morning as well, some who had Metrocard problems and giving them a summons. That I don’t agree with. A malfunctioning Metrocard is not farebeating.
  21. On Staten Island... Express and local buses...
  22. has been cracking down on drivers going different ways, but this varies by depot. Not that simple. As I stated, the DOT was not wild about the idea. Additionally, the official routing is still 59th and unless dispatch gives the ok and or the planners finish the change, then it’s 59th for now. Ultimately I have to follow up on this and see what the status is because I honestly thought that with the change on BusTime it was a done deal, but there was a similar issue with the SIM33 routing some months ago. It took MONTHS to fix that mess and between BusTime and dispatch and the planners, nothing is 1, 2, 3. I have a number of requests out so I am tied up with other things at the moment and need to follow up with my contact. Also need another conference call, but with the DOT. We have only been corresponding via e-mail and I need an update on bus stop and bus shelter requests among other things.
  23. We talked about 59th Street being a parking lot. In the last meeting I had with the DOT and the , I advocated strongly that both the and the DOT work together to come up with a solution to the mess along that corridor. My stance was there’s a bus lane on 57th Street, so the current express buses using 59th can use that. One of the senior planners from the stated that they wanted to keep those routes as straight as possible going into Queens, hence them using 59th Street. I argued essentially that the DOT should either come up with a traffic mitigation plan for 59th Street (I didn’t specify what because I know that they would likely need to do an EIS and that could take a while - usually a year in most cases), but come up with something. One of the DOT reps stated that they don’t want so many buses on 57th either, so my stance is that they still need to do something. It seems as if the plan is at some point to move those buses back to 57th at least from 6th to Madison, then have them turn on Madison and come to 59th like that (they were doing that already during the holidays last year as I had made that recommendation to dispatch in my review of the express bus network back in October 2018). In addition to changing the routing on BusTime, they have also updated the QM20 routing with that as well for the Summer 2019 schedules. (See link: https://new.mta.info/sites/default/files/2019-06/qm020cur.pdf) What I’m awaiting word on is if or when that route will become official. I had someone I speak with on the inside confirm that 59th is still the official routing and I would have to likely speak with planning again about this further, which I plan to do given their promise to address this in our meeting. I basically told them that we were aware of the litany of complaints from passengers about buses being stuck along 59th and that they had to be too and that they had to address that. They have tried to in the past trying different routings in Queens, but nothing has worked so far.

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