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SPEED Thread: NYC Bus Edition!

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This thread, similar to the one in the subway section, is dedicated to speed, but of buses!

 

I was on a B38 NG, driver whipped around the corner at Bond Street and started BLAZING down the Fulton Mall. I was actually a bit scared...

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This is the one department where my home borough shines.

 

* An S89 arriving about 5 minutes late and flooring it down Richmond Avenue to make up the time. He saw a big crowd of people waiting and slowed momentarily to check the sign, and when he saw it was a local stop, he continued to floor it. We went about a mile without hitting a traffic light. B)

 

* An S92 driver I would sometimes catch who would floor it down Victory Blvd and catch the ferry, even though we were scheduled to miss it by 5 minutes (and she brought us as close to the entrance as possible).

 

* An S44 on the weekend flooring it down Richmond Avenue. He knew the S59 was coming soon, so he really hit the gas. Nobody wanted to get off between Monsey Place (Forest Avenue) and Lander Avenue, so it was even better than the S89.

 

Actually, I've had a decent number of speedy trips along Richmond Avenue (I mean, even if you get a slow driver, the S89 is fast, and even the locals aren't too bad). But those were the only ones I can recall (offhand anyway) where the driver was really putting the pedal to the metal. B)

 

There are a bunch of areas where the drivers can pick up decent speed. For instance, Henderson Avenue between Bard Avenue and Clinton Street is alongside Snug Harbor, and on the southern side, the people really don't use the bus, so the drivers go fast, but like I said, not that fast.

 

Oh, and I remember one time when the S46 driver floored it for a short distance. A kid was running for the bus, and some farebeaters already got on, so the B/O assumed the other kid was a farebeater too and just floored it right out of the stop. (It turned out that they all got off at either the next stop, so it really didn't make a difference for the kid who was running).

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Probably the fastest runs I've seen:

 

 

 

 

 

I've also seen some Q100 buses fly on 21st Street north of Astoria Blvd, where there's not too much traffic.

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I love the Bx12 SBS early in the morning: Fast, light loads, but even at 5:30 in the morning they start to bunch. The first bus of the day would come on time and do Co-op City to 207 in 30 minutes (which is almost half the time it takes during the day), then the second bus leaves Co-op 10-15 minutes later at lightspeed and catches up with the first bus. I live towards the end of the line so I don't know how the second bus manages to go from Co-op to 207 that quick.

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The Q85 LTD in the early AM rush (between 6:15 and 6:30) flies down Merrick really fast. I always feel like I'm going to fall out of my seat. It only takes 5 minutes to get from Baisley/Merrick to Merrick/Liberty. My two usual buses will get to Baisley/Merrick at 6:22 and 6:28 and will arrive at Liberty/Merrick at around 6:27 and 6:33. It feels really fast too. Buses also fly down 140th Ave as well.

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M15 SBS uptown on 1st Avenue north of 68th Street never has any traffic during the day. I love it when they pull out of 68th as the light's flashing don't walk and then make it all the way to 79th and the light is walk. Those are timed lights so that means he's doing at least 30mph. Probably more like 35-40mph.

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The B100 flies down Quentin Road when going to Mill Basin, if it dosent get stopped by any lights and nobody gets off at Bedford, u are at Nostrand in like a minute, and if u get an Orion 5, it's even better.

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I was on an S74, that bus took those corners on Arthur Kill Road like they didn't exist... I comment SI for having exceptionally speedy B/O's.

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The Q64 is fast down Jewel Ave especially during Saturday mornings at 7:00. Some times it only takes 8 minutes for the bus to get to Forest Hills 71 Ave

The Q112 is fast down liberty if it is using a Orion VII. If it is using a Orion V Beeline bus then it seems like it takes longer and can't handle speeding down liberty. I can't wait for those Orion V's to retire.

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I just noticed something females really know how to drive a bus and they be driving so fast lol. Sometimes I get scared when they drive because sometimes like yesterday u fall out your seat or I get nevous she may crash.

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s52 from hylan blvd and tompkins ave fleww down tompkins ave all the way to broad st! xd40 4895 got there in 45secs?

 

s93 from toll plaza to clove road didnt go below 25mph...non stop ride

8029

 

oohh and i had a b1 from 86st 7th ave fly and dip all the way to 86st and that street where it meets the b8

4845 didnt go below 30mph i was a lil nervous because it was really packed and pple and i was standing in the high section included so we couldnt really see ahead in front of us

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The Q50 flies(or at least used to as of a year ago when I was a regular rider) for most of its route; a lot of B/Os would hit 35-40 and hold about there from Linden Pl on the Whitestone all the way to Brush Av and then from there out to Bartow Av. The Bx12 SBS is another one that would do 30+ east of Southern Blvd, and a few times it would go over 40 between WPR and Southern Blvd. The M5 will often go from 135 St to 118 St without dropping below 30mph, and the Bx10 would regularly hit 40ish for a little stretch on Goulden Avenue from Sedgwick until the turn on 205 St; there's nothing quite like riding in the front stairwell of an Orion V doing 40 and I honestly miss that somewhat. As for the fastest runs I can remember off the top of my head:

 

I took a Q66 from Junction Blvd to Main St about three and a half years ago on an ex-NYCT Orion V (#304 to be exact) and the speedometer was reading 50-55 for most of the run.

 

There was one time I was on a Queens-bound Q50 (CNG Orion V) last year where the guy was really flying (the speedometer read flat 70 all the way from the toll plaza off the Whitestone to 20 Av and 55+ whenever he really got moving, although I'm not sure I buy that considering I've done 70+ for real on Fung Wah and we were not going that fast.)

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~ I was on 5104 on the B6 friday, the dude saw no traffic on Ave H and he floored it. Fastest ZF ride I had in my life on a RTS.

~ Another time I was on 520 on the B103 the guy floored it, then when he braked he would do so so hard, I was falling out of my seat.

~ Weeks ago I was riding the 508 on the B103, the driver really pushed the bus on 4 av even with the traffic. When we entered the prospect he whipped around the turn and then just kept the bus going (if the bus wasn't governed we probably would have hit atleast 50). Best driver in Spring Creek.

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Fastest I can put a number on is about 45-50mph on the 59th St Bridge on a Q60 RTS, but there're spots all around the system where ops rip it.

 

B62 from South Williamsburg all the way until the Flatbush extension I've had ops who completely floored it, RTS leaning back and forth. Another great spot is on the M2 southbound from 28th to 23rd, ops run incredibly fast there and that's usually where they overtake tour buses and slower traffic. The Q101 pulling onto the bridge the op has to floor it otherwise it's a traffic safety hazard, so you get that bus leaning like crazy around the bends. Last great spot that comes to mind is on Riverside on the M5, you get on around 128 or so and that bus just races downtown. Plenty of other great spots around the system though, and I'm sure a lotta ops have their own personal favorite areas.

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Dem new C40LF brakes will get you if you don't watch out.

 

I was on a B103, guy floored it down 4th Avenue, then floored the brakes at 12th Street, almost hit the grab rail in front of me...

 

Then he floored it down the Prospect Expressway!

 

It would be interesting to hear from ops about their fastest runs!

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Orion 7 3G B64 with operator in a bad mood stepping on the gas pedal real hard and then it went really fast and it jerked so quickly, and then while turning at Bay Ridge Av from Shore Road, I hit my head on the window because the bus was speeding at the turn.

 

I was scared at first and then after I was alright, it turned out to be fun. The bus hit 30 mph at the turn and 40mph along Shore Road from the terminal.

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Anyone who has rode a bus on Staten Island knows that the drivers really know how to drive and fast.

 

Whenever I boarded the S/74 at Richmond Avenue toward Tottenville and it was crowded, I knew to hold on with both hands as the drivers would floor it on Arthur Kill Road. On the library trips to and from Tottenville, I virtually glued myself to the seat as did they flew around the many turns on their way to and from Bloomingdale Road.

 

One weekday afternoon, my colleague and myself boarded the S/79 at the Transit Center toward Brooklyn and took the two rear seats together on the Orion. Well the driver decided to floor it after leaving there going down Richmond Avenue and as we ascended the top of the big hill, both of us went up in the air and fell back down into the seat.

 

Does anyone remember "the baron" as this bus driver was nicknamed? He was a legend extraordinare as he drove buses during the week and raced cars on the weekend. He was the driver in the fall of 1968 on the S/7 (now S/53) when it operated from 95th Street and 4th Avenue and the Victory Boulevard service operated via Staten island Community College, Little Clove Road and Victory Boulevard. The bus left at 12:50 PM and arrived at the Victory Boulevard terminal at 1;12 PM on a 30 minute trip. I do not remember whether it was a new look or one of the ex-Surface Transit A/C units that were the usual equipment at that time but it was fast. What I also remember about that time was even the 6000 Macks and the 9000 old looks would fly across the Bridge in both directions on the S/7

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Dem new C40LF brakes will get you if you don't watch out.

 

I was on a B103, guy floored it down 4th Avenue, then floored the brakes at 12th Street, almost hit the grab rail in front of me...

 

Then he floored it down the Prospect Expressway!

 

It would be interesting to hear from ops about their fastest runs!

 

 

That would be self incriminating....

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Why?

 

 

Anything over 30 on city streets is speeding and admitting to speeding on a forum where (MTA) brass has people keeping an eye out could cost someone their job or at least a major reprimand.

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I was on a S78 that went from Bricktown Mall to St. George in exactly 63 minutes. The B/O hauled down Hylan Blvd like a speeding rocket.

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Anything over 30 on city streets is speeding and admitting to speeding on a forum where (MTA) brass has people keeping an eye out could cost someone their job or at least a major reprimand.

 

 

Seriously? 30? When I saw those ads, I thought 30 was a bit too cautious.

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Seriously? 30? When I saw those ads, I thought 30 was a bit too cautious.

 

 

It's true; as far as I'm aware unless there's a posted speed limit (higher or lower) the default speed limit is set at 30mph by city ordinance. Some streets (like Mosholu Parkway, which is limited to 35) have higher speeds, a lot don't.

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