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How is it that the x1, x10, x27, and x28 were allowed to run along 5th av last night (normal routing), but the BM's were still traveling along Lex?

 

I saw some BM's running via 5 Avenue last night on bustime, around 9/10/11 PM. I feel that it also that NYCT gets "priority" in the sense that those routes get updated reroutes or are assigned back to their regular route.

 

IDK why the BM5 and QM15 were rerouted to 23 Street for brief periods of the day yesterday and the day before, while the M34/34A were running along it (when the notice said they would go via 23 street), along with the other QM's (there was nothing stating QM15's were running on 23rd either). Good thing the QM24 was already running, which was running on normal route, so I saved myself a possible missed connection. On the X27/37 and X28/38 though, when they were running via Lex, they had written where the buses were stopping. 

 

Another example is that the Q47's on a long-term detour until fall 2016 in Maspeth, and yet nothing's posted on the MTA website, nor on the timetable about the detour. The bus also makes no stops on the detour path, which is also only posted at the former stops the Q47 stopped at. 

Edited by BM5 via Woodhaven

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So the Q9 has a short turn at Jamaica Station

No not normally I know the Q6 and Q60 have one at Jamaica Archer Ave. Edited by NewFlyer 230

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No not normally I know the Q6 and Q60 have one at Jamaica Archer Ave.

Well, when I was on the Q6 LTD, I saw a Q9 that said Jamaica Archer Av

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Well, when I was on the Q6 LTD, I saw a Q9 that said Jamaica Archer Av

It's not scheduled, so it was probably short-turned due in order to provide service to the main section of the route while keeping the distance between buses at a reasonable one.

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It's not scheduled, so it was probably short-turned due in order to provide service to the main section of the route while keeping the distance between buses at a reasonable one.

Or probably became a short turned Q6 to Rockaway Blvd

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Or probably became a short turned Q6 to Rockaway Blvd

Yeah that is possible. I know sometimes a Q60 that terminates at Jamaica Archer Ave sometimes turns in the Q6 and runs down to JFK and back to the depot. However that rarely happens due to the Q60 always being late and bunching in fours.

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Yeah that is possible. I know sometimes a Q60 that terminates at Jamaica Archer Ave sometimes turns in the Q6 and runs down to JFK and back to the depot. However that rarely happens due to the Q60 always being late and bunching in fours.

That's irrelevant. It still happens.

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If I recall correctly, and it will take an older member to substantiate it (or someone with the appropriate map), I seem to remember taking an M72 that traversed Central Park via Terrace Drive for an exit at West 72nd when I was a wee lad in the late 70's/early 80's.

 

The best I can find to confirm that, or show I'm finally losing it, is the '74 and '76 maps, which show no such route. However, it might have been a bit later when the trip(s) happened. Of course, it might be sticking in my mind that it was an obvious deviation from the normal route...but then again, I know my mom didn't drag me over to the west side too often either (Oh, it's much improved since those days).

 

Anyhow, it was a nagging local mystery (of my own), and no, I'm not mixing it up with the M79. :)

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Q64 7- 9 AM rush, I definitely can see a brand new XD60 being thrown on that line one day during that time. The regular Q64 and the short turned on by the time it reached Main Street were both crush loaded and a third bus that was about 3 minutes behind that was crush loaded too. I always wondered if the MTA ever considered throwing some artics on the Q64 during the rush hours when BP receives them.

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I have a question. What was the original reasoning for putting the bus #'s on the roof? Someone told me it was so if a bus ever got hijacked or something, the police would be able to spot and follow it easily via helicopter. Is this true?

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I have a question. What was the original reasoning for putting the bus #'s on the roof? Someone told me it was so if a bus ever got hijacked or something, the police would be able to spot and follow it easily via helicopter. Is this true?

Yes I would think so too.

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I have a question. What was the original reasoning for putting the bus #'s on the roof? Someone told me it was so if a bus ever got hijacked or something, the police would be able to spot and follow it easily via helicopter. Is this true?

 

I highly doubt that's the reason. Probably just a lasting practice from yard sorting and multi-level depots or areas with overhangs for dispatching.

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BusTime has quite the glitches. Previously, it said 2291 was on the Q76. Now, it says 2788 is on the Q28. Not to mention the app is horrible after iOS 9. 

EDIT: It is actually showing 2788 running the route, in service. Pretty sure that's not actually happening though. 

EDIT #2: The service gap on the line seems pretty normal, including 2788. Without 2788, than the service gap would be pretty big. 

EDIT #3: So I gave someone a call who happened to be riding the Q28, #4218. He did tell me that he saw a bus pass in the other direction, which happened to correspond with the location of 2788. My guess is that it is either a GPS screw up that displayed the wrong number, or, in a 1/500 chance, 2788 might actually be on the Q28...

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I have a question. What was the original reasoning for putting the bus #'s on the roof? Someone told me it was so if a bus ever got hijacked or something, the police would be able to spot and follow it easily via helicopter. Is this true?

That's what I was told by NYPD back in the day. It was also the reason why the US Postal Service and other commercial carriers instituted the practice back then. Drive on elevated roadways around the country and you'll see how widespread the practice is today. That's my observation anyway. Carry on.

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Things I have noticed, seen, or have questions about recently:

  • XD40's on CS routes suck 
  • any time I get on an CS XD40 its always crowded and feels like it has less standing space
  • I have never seen air assist work on any of the city's XD40 untill I rode a CS XD40
  • I miss those tapes to request stops, by the roof on the OV's 
  • Why are there so many shorties on the Q44 recently, like more than normal?
  • CS won the 2015 bus roadeo as stated by the huge banner in front of the depot when i pass by on the <7>
  • Bus drivers have gotten a lot ruder recently ever since school started this year (excluding express buses)
  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205055098525674&set=gm.900750049994868&type=3&theater
  • Someone on the Transit photos and videos in FB group caught another VII on the QM15
  • There is no bus bullets for Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island routes on the forums 

That is all 

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Things I have noticed, seen, or have questions about recently:

  • XD40's on CS routes suck 
  • any time I get on an CS XD40 its always crowded and feels like it has less standing space
  • I have never seen air assist work on any of the city's XD40 untill I rode a CS XD40
  • I miss those tapes to request stops, by the roof on the OV's 
  • Why are there so many shorties on the Q44 recently, like more than normal?
  • CS won the 2015 bus roadeo as stated by the huge banner in front of the depot when i pass by on the <7>
  • Bus drivers have gotten a lot ruder recently ever since school started this year (excluding express buses)
  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205055098525674&set=gm.900750049994868&type=3&theater
  • Someone on the Transit photos and videos in FB group caught another VII on the QM15
  • There is no bus bullets for Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island routes on the forums 

That is all 

Pretty normal now. It's been happening for years, so it's nothing new. However, try catching one on the QM16 or QM17. That also happens, but that is pretty rare, because they'll usually place such buses on the QM15. I'm actually expecting to see more Hybrids in the winter.

Edited by BM5 via Woodhaven

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clearly MTAB would benefit by adding the QM21 to Far Rockaway and tapping into few buses in the prevost order like 3 or 4 and some more for spring creek and CP too to replace those old MCI that are still there 

Edited by IAlam

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clearly MTAB would benefit by adding the QM21 to Far Rockaway and tapping into few buses in the prevost order like 3 or 4 and some more for spring creek and CP too to replace those old MCI that are still there 

What benefit is there in having the QM21 at FR? DH would be much longer, which only increases operating costs. I mean, it's similar to having the B100 at FR, which IIRC did happen for a while after takeover (on Sundays). I would rather keep it at BP, it's much cheaper to operate it from. Also, the old MCI's aren't used much at CP and SC. Those buses would most likely be retired without replacement, or they'll switch around some routes to maximize the fleet.

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Things I have noticed, seen, or have questions about recently:

  • XD40's on CS routes suck 
  • any time I get on an CS XD40 its always crowded and feels like it has less standing space
  • Depends on what time of day you ride them.
  • I have never seen air assist work on any of the city's XD40 untill I rode a CS XD40
  • The 46xx NG's that are at CS have a problem, where I touch the tape yet the door doesn't open. It worked for the first time today on 4679, however. 
  • I miss those tapes to request stops, by the roof on the OV's 
  • Why are there so many shorties on the Q44 recently, like more than normal?
  • They're usually only on the Q44 at night, or at mid-day/rush hour where school and more demands require buses. Normally you only see 1 or 2. 
  • CS won the 2015 bus roadeo as stated by the huge banner in front of the depot when i pass by on the <7>
  • Yup, got a picture of the big banner about a few days ago. It said "Home of the 2015 MTA Bus Roadeo winner"
  • Bus drivers have gotten a lot ruder recently ever since school started this year (excluding express buses)
  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205055098525674&set=gm.900750049994868&type=3&theater
  • Someone on the Transit photos and videos in FB group caught another VII on the QM15
  • There is no bus bullets for Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island routes on the forums 

That is all 

Speaking about the Q44, bus bunching is also a problem, and so is traffic and boarding time. Riding the Q44 in the morning really is a pain in the ass. They've re-paved Main Street from Elder Av to Kissena Blvd. Looks like the new roads will be painted w/ bus lanes. 

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Speaking about the Q44, bus bunching is also a problem, and so is traffic and boarding time. Riding the Q44 in the morning really is a pain in the ass. They've re-paved Main Street from Elder Av to Kissena Blvd. Looks like the new roads will be painted w/ bus lanes.

The Q44 can suffer from huge gaps between buses. Then you can literally see 4 buses bunched at once. People on Main Street seem to skip the Q20 and rather take the Q44 just because the buses are longer and it is limited. However drivers can tell you that the Q44 takes just as long sometimes even longer than the Q20. I know I mostly take the Q20 because I can usually get a seat. When the Q44 used to be standards the Q20 used to be crowded just as much as the Q44 was.

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^same with 8859, When you push tape for stop request, the sound is like the LFS/A 

Edited by Calvin

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