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  1. If there are any privately-owned companies in the railroad and/or mass transit field who would find having an advisory board helpful, or who need members of an existing advisory board, I'd be interested. An advisory board is a group of people who just give advice when asked; they aren't employees or officers of the company and their views are not binding on the company. I'm a corporate lawyer and have served on a government panel in the transit field, and I'm not seeking compensation. If having someone to give guidance on corporate governance, financing or general matters would be helpful to you, please let me know. Thanks.
  2. Sure, making buses free is perhaps a good thing in smaller suburban cities where ridership is low and the overall cost of the system is low, and the goal is to increase ridership. But in NYC there are tons and tons of riders, and fares make up a big chunk of MTA revenues, and the MTA is very costly, so none of the reasons I list in my first sentence apply. The ideal would be to have more efficient fare-collection systems (as SBS is doing).
  3. I usually take (and dislike) the M60 from Astoria Blvd. to LGA, but for the first time, I rode it along 125th Street between Columbia U. and Lexington Ave. last night. I was really surprised by how many people just jumped on the bus through the back doors and not paying for their rides. I live in Midtown and almost never see that happen on local bus routes that I take, and I rarely see it on the M60 once it's between Lexington Avenue and LGA. A SBS-type service would at least help reduce theft like that, to the extent that there is enough police supervision (which I hope there will be).
  4. I am looking at the new Second Avenue Subway maps, and if I'm understanding correctly, the stations will be: 72nd St. (at 2nd) 55th St. (at 2nd) This is a huge gap; the only station in the 60s will be, if I understand right, near the existing 63rd & Lex station. Why won't the MTA add a station in the 60s, nearer 2nd Avenue? Thanks.
  5. Yes. Obama sneered at blue-collar people who "cling" to guns and religion. Aren't (or weren't) blue-collar people one of the core Democratic groups, at least until recently? And weren't wealthy people- like the elites who Newt attacked- the GOP base, at least until recently?
  6. Thanks for the replies. Can I ask: why in the world has the Port Authority not thought of a departure board? Even a big poster somewhere showing the routes and gates (since they don't seem to change frequently) would be helpful. Is there an online website or app that shows PABT departure gates?
  7. There was no NJ Transit window that was open on Saturday morning from 8:30-8:50am, from what I could find, and I searched though as much of the terminal as I could. The vending machines were right at the entrance, though. There are departure boards at mobbed Penn Station and Grand Central.
  8. Where? I walked into the PABT from near the corner of 42nd & 8th. There are NJ Transit vending machines there, so I bought my ticket there. There was no NJ Transit window anywhere that was open; I searched the terminal, in frustration, looking for one. ETA: Also, if NJ Transit at least uses the same gates consistently enough to mostly print them on timetables, that should make it all the easier to have a departure board, since it wouldn't change much day to day. (Penn Station is much more complicated, with tracks constantly changing and not known in advance.)
  9. I did (yesterday, in planning my trip), and it does...except for weekend mornings. My trip was Saturday morning, and it doesn't list the gate for trips between 1am and 12:50pm. (Edited to add bolding) From the timetable: PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL DEPARTURE INFORMATION 144 - ALL SERVICE - Weekdays Gate Door 6:20 AM - 7:30 PM 224 2 145 - ALL SERVICE - Weekdays 4:45 PM - 6:55 PM 54 - 148 - Rt. 208 Express Service - Weekdays only 5:10 PM - 6:20 PM 54 - 164 - Local Service via Hasbrouck Heights - Weekdays 7:50 AM - 10:00 PM 224 1 10:01 PM - 11:50 PM 409 - 164 - Essex St.-Hackensack Express Service - Weekdays & Weekends 12:50 PM - 10:00 PM 224 2 10:01 PM to 1:00 AM 408 - 164 - Saddle River Rd. Express Service (SX & SXB) - Weekdays only 3:50 PM - 7:30 PM 53 - Tickets Required - Customers are required to purchase a ticket or
  10. Why in the world does the Port Authority Bus Terminal (40th-42nd St./8th Ave., NYC) not have a board or banks of monitors showing the gates used by departing buses? I had to take a bus to the Meadowlands today (since NJTransit.com didn't show any trains going there today). The timetable for the route, #164, didn't show the gate for buses leaving this morning. So when I got to the Port Authority, I thought I'd ask. But of course all information booths were closed. I had to wander around the *#)( terminal, looking at every gate, until one homeless person volunteered to take me to the gate...which was the wrong gate (costing me a $10 tip, as that was all the cash I had), until I finally found the gate, after a nice rider told me where to go. All of this frustration and expense could be avoided if there would just be a departure board. No airport or train station that I've been to has lacked one.
  11. I frequently see New Jersey Transit buses heading northbound on I-85 in South Carolina and North Carolina, between Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC. Curious as to why--is there a bus manufacturer there (or farther south), and they are perhaps being delivered to NJ Transit? Or charters?
  12. Is there a general schedule for these Saturday trips? I'd like to take a vintage subway trip (as there was a NY Times article about it), but I don't want to spend hours waiting in a subway station.
  13. Were NY-area commuter railroads profitable overall in the past (at any time after the 1920s)? They have an operating cost recovery ratio below Amtrak, so I assume that commuter railroads were in worse shape financially than intercity trains before Amtrak was created, too?
  14. As I understand it, intercity passenger trains in the US were never really profitable after the 1920s, except during WWII, although some individual trains made plenty of money until the 1960s, when ridership fell and the railroads lost US mail contracts. Were the LIRR and other NY-area commuter railroads ever profitable after the 1920s? If not, did they have expense recovery rates from fares about the same as today, or did they come a lot closer to at least breaking even? And why did private railroads even invest a cent in commuter trains if they weren't profitable? Thanks.
  15. I don't know what the weight of the rails on both systems would be but the Norfolk Southern and Amtrak lines I've taken all are mainline, with rail weights likely as heavy if not heavier than the NYC Subway rails would be, and they are also welded rail. The subway system is 100 years old but the rails themselves are not; they are replaced regularly.

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