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  1. One idea which had been floated around this board years earlier is the extension of Q77's southern terminal to 147th Avenue, where connections would be available to the Q111 & Q114. It currently ends at 145th Road, where no other connecting routes are nearby. When this idea was brought up years ago, it was mentioned that (at that time) Springfield Boulevard between 145th Road and 147th Avenue was relatively narrow compared to north of 145th Road, which would have meant increased congestion along that segment of the road. However, it seems that this segment of Springfield Boulevard has been widened over the last five years or so. Furthermore, I saw this Q77 extension request mentioned in statements of Community District Needs for Queens Community District 13 in recent years. Thus, I have a feeling that the extension of Q77 to 147th Avenue is not a matter of if, but when. Does anyone else agree with this feeling?
  2. I would never recommending actually sleeping inside the station, especially during the late night/early morning hours. If you're waiting for a train, stay vigilant until you actually board the train - in fact, sleeping while waiting for the train could possibly cause you to miss your train due to oversleeping.
  3. The report on the third track project did note that some buildings will be taken out as part of this project, which can understandably generate opposition. For those of you who were around back then, I would like to ask: when grade separation projects were done on the Babylon Branch and elsewhere on the Main Line/Port Jefferson Branch, were there buildings that were taken out because of these grade separations?
  4. I have noticed that SBS machines have instructions posted in both English & Spanish, with the ones for Q44 having Chinese & Korean as well (due to the fact that Q44 traverses through neighborhoods where many people can read Chinese and/or Korean but not English). However, I have also noticed that although the B44 traverses through neighborhoods where there are many Russians, the B44 machines do not have Russian-language instructions, despite the fact that the MTA has some literature published in Russian. I wonder why that is - could it be because most Russians living in NYC can read English, while many Chinese/Koreans cannot?
  5. Actually, my point was this: since NICE replaced LIB, I have seen people reporting on this and other forums that some runs are missing, some drivers are skipping stops, including stops at colleges & universities. Are these things really happening, and if so, how often? Back when LIB was running, I probably would not have asked this question, but now, under current circumstances, I want to double check what's going on before I make my decision as to whether or not to rely on NICE buses to go to/from NCC and/or OW.
  6. Given what I've heard about some buses skipping stops, including stops at colleges/universities, I've been wondering about one thing: How reliable is service to/from Nassau Community College & SUNY Old Westbury? Starting at the end of this month, and over the course of at least one year, I plan to take courses at these institutions, and I wonder what is the possibility that I would be stranded? My family currently has two cars, and both my parents might need to use them on demand, so would it be better for my family to acquire a third car instead?
  7. Otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu to my favorite celebrity, Noriko Sakai!
  8. Five years ago today, something happened that made me emotionally sensitive to the issue of health care reform in this country. Back in November 2007, a 17-year-old girl who I'll refer to as "Jane" (it pains me emotionally to mention her real name) received a bone marrow transplant in response to leukemia. That soon led to complications resulting in liver failure. A transplant organ was prepared and ready, but inexplicably, Jane's health insurer denied coverage for the liver transplant because it was considered by them as experimental - despite very good prognoses of survival by Jane's doctors. Eventually, after some intense lobbying by various people, the insurer finally capitulated. By then, however, Jane's condition had deteriorated to the point where she was removed from life support, and she died several hours later - exactly five years ago today. To this day, whenever I hear about the topic of health care reform, I am reminded of this tragedy.
  9. I agree. Regardless of what you may personally think about any particular member, intentionally disrespecting them is not a productive use of the forum's resources. In fact, I believe that doing so actually provides ammunition for that person to continue flaming back and forth - if you want him to stop them simply don't respond directly to him - sooner or later he will lose steam.
  10. The Atlantic City Rail Line as it stands right now has significant gaps in its service hours, especially during rush hours. I've never understood why that is. I think that filling in those gaps wouldn't hurt - last December, I went to attend an event at the Convention Center and planned to take the train from Absecon (where I booked my hotel room), but the lack of rush hour service made that option not attractive.
  11. The Q15A in its current form is awkward in some ways, because it "backtracks" along part of its route (in order to serve areas formerly covered by the Q14) and traverses a relatively narrow stretch of road along 10th Avenue between Clintonville and 152nd Streets. In addition, the Q34 duplicates the Q25 south of Flushing and doesn't provide enough service north of Flushing. As such, I propose: Eliminate the Q34. Add service on the Q25 (possibly short-turn trips ending in Flushing) to compensate south of Flushing. Revive the Q14 using its original routing north of Willets Point Boulevard and the current Q34 routing between Flushing and Willets Point Boulevard, providing full-time service both on weekdays and weekends. Restore the Q15 to its pre-2010 form for all trips.
  12. Exactly. It was precisely this kind of mentality that prevented the Q79 from reaching the Floral Park LIRR station back in 1995-96. Honestly, I think that having the Q79 run to the station via Tulip Avenue, Carnation Avenue, and Caroline Place (stopping on the north side of the station) will not have any significant negative impacts, but I guess only divine intervention can overcome the local residents' paranoia about public transit within their village.
  13. To complement this service, I have also come up with an N76 route which would follow the N75 routing above except between Hicksville and Syosset, where it would follow Woodbury Road & South Oyster Bay Road before reaching the Syosset train station. Bus stops in this segment would be as follows: East Barclay Street & South Broadway East Barclay Street/Woodbury Road & Bay Avenue Woodbury Road & Max Avenue Woodbury Road & Bethpage Road Woodbury Road & Vincent Road/Elm Street Woodbury Road & Briggs Street/Cedar Street Woodbury Road & Ketcham Road/Ardsley Gate Woodbury Road & Liszt Street/Haverford Road Woodbury Road & South Oyster Bay Road South Oyster Bay Road & Garden Street South Oyster Bay Road & Market Drive (Northbound) South Oyster Bay Road & Plaza Gate (Southbound) South Oyster Bay Road & Parkway Drive (Northbound) South Oyster Bay Road & Birchwood Park Drive South Oyster Bay Road & Avon Court/Keen Gate South Oyster Bay Road & Terrehans Lane (Syosset Public Library) South Oyster Bay Road & South Parkfield Court/Jeffrey Court South Oyster Bay Road & Marta Lane South Oyster Bay Road & Parkfield Court/Hicks Avenue South Oyster Bay Road & Robert Street/Center Gate South Oyster Bay Road & James Street/North Gate South Oyster Bay Road/Jackson Avenue & Jericho Turnpike
  14. About 6 years ago I heard that a route called N75 which would travel from Hempstead to Syosset was in planning stages, but there's been no recent information on this plan. However, I do think Syosset needs bus service. I would call for an N75 bus which initially follows the N35 routing to Roosevelt Field, then the N78/79 routing to the Hicksville LIRR station, followed by the N48/49 routing to Jericho Turnpike before branching off on its own by turning East onto Jericho Turnpike and North onto South Oyster Bay Road before terminating at the Syosset train station. Bus stops east/north of Routes 106/107 would be as follows: Jericho Turnpike & Merry Lane Jericho Turnpike & Manors Drive Jericho Turnpike & Marian Lane/Old Jericho Turnpike Jericho Turnpike & Robbins Lane/Heather Lane Jericho Turnpike & Eileen Way (Stone Hill at Muttontown) Jericho Turnpike & Michael Drive/Saddle Lane Jericho Turnpike & Oak Drive/Pond View Drive Jericho Turnpike & Underhill Boulevard/Haskett Drive Jericho Turnpike & Lafayette Drive/Greenfield Road (Syosset Hospital) Jericho Turnpike & Burke Lane Jericho Turnpike & Humphrey Drive/Bruce Street Jericho Turnpike & Jackson Avenue Jackson Avenue & Edward Avenue/Hillside Lane Jackson Avenue & Dawes Avenue/The Mall Jackson Avenue & Lewis Lane/Pine Road Jackson Avenue & Telbrook Avenue/Lucille Drive Jackson Avenue & Willis Avenue/Covenant Road Jackson Avenue & Underhill Road (LIRR Syosset)

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