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  1. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/bus-overcrowding-stm-1.3454141 "We are crammed in like animals," piped in Lamia Salhi, a regular passenger on line 18 on Beaubien Street. "Soon it will be like in India, and we'll have to ride on the roof. It's become unbearable." And it's only been getting worse in the past two years, she said. STM's new AZUR Metro train remains rare sight STM feeling pressure from increasing ride-share options "For the first time in 15 years that I use public transit, I'm thinking about taking a car to get to work," Salhi added. Fewer buses on the roadSince 2012, the total number of kilometres traveled by all Montreal buses has gone down year after year, which means there are fewer buses on the streets. One reason is Montreal's aging bus fleet. About of a quarter of all buses are under repair at any given time. Total kilometres travelled by all buses has fallen since 2012. (Source: STM. Graphic: Radio-Canada) At the same time, the number of passengers transported by the STM has increased continuously. The number of passengers has gone up in two years. (Source: STM. Graphic: Radio-Canada) Every time a bus is too full to take on new passengers, drivers are supposed to alert their managers. CBC's French-language service, Radio-Canada, obtained a document from the STM that lists all the instances of overcrowding for the first four days of February. Drivers don't bother signalling overcrowding anymoreThe drivers who took the time to fill out the paperwork reported 170 cases. This is just the tip of the iceberg because most drivers interviewed by Radio-Canada said they never bothered making a report, the problem being so common. According to this document, a dozen lines suffer overcrowding several times a day, especially the 51 Edouard-Montpetit, 18 Beaubien and 141 Jean-Talon. This map shows the worst ones. The most overcrowded bus lines in the first four days of February. (CartoDB) Tap or click here for an interactive version of the map. Transport 2000, an association of public transit users, has been receiving more reports of overcrowding. It says drivers have also been complaining more. "Often, on line 24 Sherbrooke, I am full after three stops," one driver's complaint noted. "When users are angry, they complain to us, but we had nothing to do with it," another driver said. Drivers also tell the association that the bus schedules often do not correspond with reality. Many buses simply don't get deployed, and a single missing bus means the next ones will be crammed. "It's getting worse. We're leaving more people behind than before… Users don't complain enough to the STM, and when they complain, they are not heard," said Renato Carlone, president of the union of bus drivers and Metro operators. "It creates stress, negative comments, assaults, burnout, absenteeism, accidents, fines," Carlone said. This, in turn, creates a vicious circle as absent drivers are not always replaced, which means the bus is taken out of circulation, and the delays pile up, he said. Same problem in MetroPhilippe Schnobb, the president of the STM, knows the problem well, since he is also a Metro user. "Last week, I missed three trains before I could get on," he admitted in an interview last October where he was asked to explain the delays and shortage of buses. Amélie Régis, spokesperson for the STM. (Radio-Canada) STM spokeswoman Amélie Regis recognizes there's a problem on certain routes and at certain times of the day. Technological upgrades will help the agency better measure usage and plan accordingly, she said. "In 2016, we'll have a more detailed analysis of traffic to adjust the service where it is really needed," Régis said. Currently, only 20 per cent of buses have counting devices. The new I-bus mobile application expected later this year will let users know where each bus is located on the territory in real time. "It will allow us to better regulate the service and adjust the service when necessary," Régis said. Petition calls for STM to lift age limit on student rate STM developing mobile payment system for Android phones She also urged passengers to complain when they experience problems, since these are used in the STM's analysis of needs. Pilot project for boarding through rear doorsInspired by what is done in other major cities, the STM will conduct a test this spring on one bus line, letting users board through the rear and middle doors. This will be restricted to passengers with unlimited, monthly and weekly passes. The drivers' union is worried about the idea, fearing it could encourage fraud and imperil passenger safety. Getting flagged sucks. Boarding through rear doors will help, many times people don't move back and there is room in the back.
  2. (Can we get this pinned as a general thread for the ESI, now that the ESI is moving into the second package and preparing for the third?) This month's Capital Program meeting delves into more detail on the ESI (Enhanced Station Initiative)... As you already know, 53rd Street has already closed, Bay Ridge Av will close April 29th and Prospect Avenue will close June 5th. The RFP for "Package 2" was awarded April 14th, and I assume it will start sometime in the fall/winter. The RFP for "Package 3" is being prepared and will go out in the next few months.
  3. If bedbugs boarded a bus in Brooklyn on Monday morning, it appears they also exited. A bus was taken out of service after a rider spotted what were believed to be bedbugs crawling on another passenger who was boarding the B44, which runs between Sheepshead Bay and Williamsburg, according to an MTA spokesman. “Customers all ran off the bus,” a transit source said. No insects were found on board, however, said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz. The bus was taken out of service so it could be “treated” by the MTA’s pest control contractor. Ortiz couldn’t say where along the route the bus was taken out of service. Read more: Source
  4. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/transit/2016/08/01/westchester-new-bee-line-buses/87924304/ Westchester legislators OK new Bee-Line buses Matt Coyne, mcoyne@lohud.com 5:17 p.m. EDT August 1, 2016 The $9.98 million bond act pays for approximately 33 new, articulated hybrid buses to serve Central Avenue routes (Photo: JOURNAL NEWS FILE PHOTO) It took two recesses and some squabbling over punctuation, but the Bee-Line's Central Avenue routes are going to be getting new buses. Two measures at the Westchester County Board of Legislators related to a $9.98 million bond act that would see the county spring for approximately 33 new, articulated hybrid buses to serve the system's busiest routes passed unanimously Monday. But they did so only after legislators worked out exactly how to structure a sentence in the bond act that would mandate the new buses to have driver safety shields. Legislator and infrastructure committee Chairwoman Mary Jane Shimsky, a Hastings-on-Hudson Democrat, initially moved to add language to the bond act that would read "including driver safety shields and external bicycle racks, where practicable." But Catherine Parker, D-Rye City, and Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, questioned the "where practicable" part, with Parker suggesting the driver safety shields — clear barriers separating drivers from would-be assailants — be mandatory and that the amended language be rewritten to reflect that. After going into two brief recesses, and a discussion on where the "where practicable" clause should be placed, legislators eventually settled on "shall include driver safety shields; and where practicable given existing safety concerns, bicycle racks." The spending includes $2.4 million in federal funding for the new buses, which will replace the 14-year-old diesel buses that currently carry more than two-thirds of all Bee-Line riders. The federal government will also foot the bill for battery replacement. Last year, the county approved an $8.2 million bond to replace between 35 and 40 articulated buses, those with the accordion-like connectors, on non-Central Avenue bus lines. This county had explored the idea of fully electric buses, but driving range was a concern. “Hybrids certainly are (doable). The technology is good. We’re going to move forward with those," Shimsky said at Monday's meeting. “This is part of a regularized replacement to make sure that our transit system on one of our busiest routes is functioning properly.”
  5. What would you prefer? Riding on the Train or this? http://www.amny.com/transit/de-blasio-to-focus-on-neighborhoods-in-state-of-city-speech-1.11426710
  6. $10 Minimum Wage Proposal Has Growing Support From White House Representative George Miller, left, and Senator Tom Harkin introduced a bill in March to increase the federal minimum wage. By CATHERINE RAMPELL and STEVEN GREENHOUSE Published: November 7, 2013 The White House has thrown its weight behind a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $10 an hour. “The president has long supported raising the minimum wage so hard-working Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s work to support their families and make ends meet,” a White House official said. President Obama, the official continued, supports the Harkin-Miller bill, also known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from its current $7.25. The legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Tom Harkin of Iowa and in the House by George Miller of California, both Democrats. It would raise the minimum wage — in three steps of 95 cents each, taking place over two years — to $10.10, and then index it to inflation. The legislation will probably be coupled with some tax sweeteners for small businesses, traditionally the loudest opponents of increases to the minimum wage. Read more: Source
  7. New Access Point Links 9 Subway Lines with Port Authority Trans-Hudson Rail Service Select Language​▼ May 25th, 2016 Customers seeking to connect between Fulton Center’s Dey Street Concourse and Port Authority’s World Trade Center transportation hub will be able to use the underground passage to reach the PATH station, Battery Park City and World Trade Center Towers 1 and 4 will be able to do so, starting Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m. The Dey Street Concourse, a 350 foot-long, 27 foot-wide pedestrian tunnel, allows customers to walk underneath Dey Street between Broadway and Church Street without exiting the station complexes. The connection to the Dey Street Concourse and the PATH World Trade Center station is accessible at the bottom level of Fulton Center. The opening of the subway-level link to the PATH station is a vital connection for customers who transfer between the New York City Transit subway system and the PATH rail system. It offers customers a safe alternative to heavily trafficked streets aboveground, decreasing the number of pedestrians who previously had to walk through existing World Trade Center site-related construction and heavy vehicular traffic on narrow downtown streets. The connection also provides a viable option for ADA customers, who can use Fulton Center’s 10 escalators and 15 elevators, to access the PATH station, which is also fully accessible. The pedestrian transfer between Fulton Center and the PATH World Trade Center station cements both transportation hubs as major retail centers and civic spaces of a revitalized Lower Manhattan. Fulton Center, at the southeast corner of Broadway and Fulton Street, offers 65,000 square feet of retail and commercial space with a fully digital presence and a distinctive glass-lined street level mezzanine. The Dey Street Concourse, in particular, is lined with several large multimedia displays that screen digital advertisements, provide travel information such as weather and time, and host rotating new media artwork commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. A future link in the passageway will connect the Line to Fulton Center via an entrance from the World Trade Center subway station terminus. The line at the Cortlandt St Station will also be accessible once reconstruction of that station is complete in 2018. Fulton Center opened in November 2014 after a major reconstruction to integrate five subway stations serving nine lines that historically competed against each other when the subway system opened a century ago. The new Fulton Center allows customers to easily transfer between lines through well-lit mezzanines and visible sightlines for connections. In 2016, the transit center also became the first subway station in the city to receive an LEED silver certification for its environmentally friendly design, sustainability and energy efficiency, while its centerpiece artwork, “Sky-Reflector Net,” has received notable public art commendations for its innovative design incorporating natural and artificial lighting. Up to 300,000 customers use the Fulton Center transit hub daily.
  8. I am about to take the car inspector exam in August, which is both written and practical. Is there any way to prepare for the practical portion? Does anyone know how it’s graded? Any advice/help about your experiences would be very much appreciated!
  9. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Upper-Darby-Train-Crash-Trolley-SEPTA-Pennsylvania-Injuries-Norristown-High-Speed-Line-Collision-Accident-441357553.html Source: NBC Philadelphia-Channel 10.
  10. And the Subway Time has gotten a complete refresh and works for all trains at line stations. No press release at this time. (Some photos are from Facebook) The app also includes a rough timeline for countdown clock activation with the line stations next.
  11. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-major-construction-begin-new-grand-moynihan-train-hall We also have some new renderings for the project:
  12. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/climate/trump-paris-climate-agreement.html I'm listening to his press conference right now. So much bull about the world trying to get a competitive advantage over the US. So many false claims and statistics about the economic burdens the Paris Accord has supposedly imposed on the US... But hey, he does stuff, right?
  13. The MTA is in the process of developing a pilot program that will outfit Subway trains with Standing-Room-Only cars. The SRO cars are part of a pilot to develope and implement new ways to move more people faster. In addition to the upcoming open-gangway pilot, the MTA thinks they can increase capacity without having to put the option of 75 foot cars on the table ever again. As this story developed and more details are released, I will be sure to post.
  14. He’s driven a bus driver five days a week, for at least eight hours a day, for approximately 30 years. According to union officials, de Jesus had a good record, despite having to navigate some of the busiest streets and most densely populated neighborhoods in the country. Then on Friday, de Jesus had an accident. After driving some 450,000 miles during his career, he hit a pedestrian. Not on purpose. Not because he was texting or speeding or drinking. He was making a left turn and accidentally struck and injured a 15-year-old girl. He didn’t see her walking across the street, he told police. He looked but didn’t see the girl while turning the 40-foot-long behemoth. Read more: Source
  15. Stalling current Island needs is the huge funding crisis at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state agency that runs the New York City subway and bus system, among other operations. It's a costly roadblock that won't budge soon. There is a $15-billion shortfall in the MTA's proposed five-year, $32-billion capital budget, which covers maintenance, improvements and expansion of the regional network. "We have a very large hole in our existing capital program," stressed Peter Cafiero, chief of operations planning at the MTA's New York City Transit division. He was responding at a City Council hearing to a question by Councilwoman Debi Rose, D-North Shore, about the potential to ease traffic congestion by creating a bus rapid transit (BRT) route here. Read more: Source
  16. Temperatures hovered just above zero Monday as an extreme cold front paralyzed the city and may have led to the death of a man found on the Coney Island boardwalk. The arctic temps, which approached but did not eclipse a record low for the city in the overnight hours, likely contributed to the man’s demise, police sources said. Bai-Ping Wen, 77, was found face up on the Coney Island boardwalk near its famous carousel about 7 a.m., when the mercury topped off around the 5-degree mark, the sources said. Family members confirmed Wen’s identity and told the Daily News he suffered from diabetes. Wen lived in Coney Island for 15 years, the family said. Read more: Source
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