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11 hours ago, Gotham Bus Co. said:

 

I could also see a variant of the Q50 (Bx51?) ending at the dock.

Extend the Bx23 to the Ferry, it is the local version of the Q50, it just won't go to Queens. The City can pay for it due to the blank check reimbursement.

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1 hour ago, GreatOne2k said:

Extend the Bx23 to the Ferry, it is the local version of the Q50, it just won't go to Queens. The City can pay for it due to the blank check reimbursement.

Don't expect that "blank check" to last forever.

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1 hour ago, GreatOne2k said:

Extend the Bx23 to the Ferry, it is the local version of the Q50, it just won't go to Queens. The City can pay for it due to the blank check reimbursement.

The Bx23 exists as a Co-Op City loop route and it should stay that way. It does a half decent job doing what it already does, having it serve two completely new markets beyond what it was already designed to do is asking for trouble. Furthermore just running it up and down Bruckner isn't going to do much anyway; you're not gonna get much ridership return to the ferry just off of Bruckner. A more comprehensive route that serves more areas (Such as the one B35 via Church suggested on pg 106) is far more useful to the public and is much more worth the money spent than extending a route another 2(?) miles down the road.

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My god what is everyone's obsession with extending a bus route down there. Just have NYC Ferry run its own shuttle down to the boat from miscellaneous ridership points and call it a day. To be quite frank there's no good route you could manipulate to serve that little terminal without bending over backwards or messing up an existing route. What matters is that the thing is served adequately with -some- sort of service, be it via the MTA or via some other private party. And the MTA really isn't a good option here unless someone gives them the money to draw up and run a brand new route that is useful to the surrounding communities.

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6 minutes ago, Orion6025 said:

The Bx23 exists as a Co-Op City loop route and it should stay that way. It does a half decent job doing what it already does, having it serve two completely new markets beyond what it was already designed to do is asking for trouble. Furthermore just running it up and down Bruckner isn't going to do much anyway; you're not gonna get much ridership return to the ferry just off of Bruckner. A more comprehensive route that serves more areas (Such as the one B35 via Church suggested on pg 106) is far more useful to the public and is much more worth the money spent than extending a route another 2(?) miles down the road.

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My god what is everyone's obsession with extending a bus route down there. Just have NYC Ferry run its own shuttle down to the boat from miscellaneous ridership points and call it a day. To be quite frank there's no good route you could manipulate to serve that little terminal without bending over backwards or messing up an existing route. What matters is that the thing is served adequately with -some- sort of service, be it via the MTA or via some other private party. And the MTA really isn't a good option here unless someone gives them the money to draw up and run a brand new route that is useful to the surrounding communities.

The Bx23 can help the Q50 with the ridership to/from Target and the other stores in the shopping center it will be more than just ferry riders.  Some Co Op City residents at a meeting did mention something about having a route go to the Soundview Ferry. They could wait a few years and have the Bx23 to the Ferry Point Park stop. Some rush hour Bx23 trips will still be Co Op City loop shuttles, all of the off peak trips will be extended to Ring Road in Ferry Point Park. 

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On ‎1‎/‎26‎/‎2019 at 9:20 PM, Orion6025 said:

The Bx23 exists as a Co-Op City loop route and it should stay that way. It does a half decent job doing what it already does, having it serve two completely new markets beyond what it was already designed to do is asking for trouble. Furthermore just running it up and down Bruckner isn't going to do much anyway; you're not gonna get much ridership return to the ferry just off of Bruckner. A more comprehensive route that serves more areas (Such as the one B35 via Church suggested on pg 106) is far more useful to the public and is much more worth the money spent than extending a route another 2(?) miles down the road.

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My god what is everyone's obsession with extending a bus route down there. Just have NYC Ferry run its own shuttle down to the boat from miscellaneous ridership points and call it a day. To be quite frank there's no good route you could manipulate to serve that little terminal without bending over backwards or messing up an existing route. What matters is that the thing is served adequately with -some- sort of service, be it via the MTA or via some other private party. And the MTA really isn't a good option here unless someone gives them the money to draw up and run a brand new route that is useful to the surrounding communities.

In principle, it made sense to split the old QBx1 into the Q50 & the Bx23.... At the same time though, IDRC much for how the Bx23 operates TBH (far too sluggish for its purposes; buses should be transporting folks within Co-Op or taking Co-op patrons to the subway at a better rate than it currently does)... It's like b/o's are told to crawl the route or something.... Highly annoying; I don't bother fanning the thing much & I don't think I've ever used it outside of for that purpose.....

I wouldn't extend/divert a current MTA service down to Ferry Point Park for the exact same reason you brought up.... It'd amount to a marring of sorts & to create a spinoff/variant of an existing route for the specific purpose of running down there, I don't see as being worth it.... I think you get those that saw the Bx27 get that little extension down to Clason Point Park & expect the MTA to continue on with that trend with any future ferry dock/station locations.....

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I found this via Subchat's Buschat...https://new.mta.info/sites/default/files/2019-02/Bronx Bus Network Redesign Presentation_02.06.19.pdf

I got to say after the redesign of the Staten Island Express Bus Network, I was skeptical about all the other future redesign. However, after reviewing this Document, it seems as if they're putting more effort into correctly implementing changes of this magnitude... I'm somewhat eager to see what they come with...🤔

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Yeah, I skimmed through that PDF already.... It essentially tells me nothing & I am highly skeptical of the "trade offs" section..... Too oversimplified.

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2 hours ago, B35 via Church said:

Yeah, I skimmed through that PDF already.... It essentially tells me nothing & I am highly skeptical of the "trade offs" section..... Too oversimplified.

Agreed... I believe that the chick working on the Bronx express redesign should be in my meeting this week. I'll see if I can pick her brain as to how things are going.  She already knows that I'm skeptical of the whole thing. :lol: I told her in the last meeting, I said, I think you have a damn good express bus network for the Bronx. Most routes are pretty direct. You DON'T have lots of stops and the street configurations are what they are. Your turnaround points aren't very complicated, so I'm curious to see what you're going to come up with.  The room became dead quiet. LOL Then she goes, well the changes are 70-30%. 70% will stay the same and 30% will change.

P.S. I see I'm in the one in Riverdale... 

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Anyone ever thought of how we can have local x routes besides areas in Queens? One route that can benefit from this is the Bx12. At least during rush hours have a Bx12x SBS that runs between Inwood and Pelham Bay with it meant to mostly serve subway and Metro North stops. So basically we would have the Bx12x stops like this:

*Broadway/W 207 St

*W 207 St/10 Av

*Fordham Road/Jerome Av

*E Fordham Road/Grand Concourse (This stop can be debated on; could be skipped and not served by the Bx12x due to close proximity with Jerome Av and arguably Fordham Plaza too.)

*Fordham Plaza

*Pelham Parkway/White Plains Road

*Pelham Parkway/Williamsbridge Road (just like Grand Concourse I don't see this stop needing to be used by the Bx12x)

*Pelham Parkway/Eastchester Road (only to serve Jacobi Medical Center and if the Williamsbridge Road stop is not used)

*Pelham Bay

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Bx12x is a variant of the Bx12 SBS

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3 hours ago, MysteriousBtrain said:

Anyone ever thought of how we can have local x routes besides areas in Queens? One route that can benefit from this is the Bx12. At least during rush hours have a Bx12x SBS that runs between Inwood and Pelham Bay with it meant to mostly serve subway and Metro North stops. So basically we would have the Bx12x stops like this:

*Broadway/W 207 St

*W 207 St/10 Av

*Fordham Road/Jerome Av

*E Fordham Road/Grand Concourse (This stop can be debated on; could be skipped and not served by the Bx12x due to close proximity with Jerome Av and arguably Fordham Plaza too.)

*Fordham Plaza

*Pelham Parkway/White Plains Road

*Pelham Parkway/Williamsbridge Road (just like Grand Concourse I don't see this stop needing to be used by the Bx12x)

*Pelham Parkway/Eastchester Road (only to serve Jacobi Medical Center and if the Williamsbridge Road stop is not used)

*Pelham Bay

Hold up, what bus route in Queens has a local X variant?

Also, this is just the Bx12 SBS with no stops in Co-Op or between 10th Av and Jerome, or at Southern Blvd, it probably wouldn't save that much time.

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8 minutes ago, bobtehpanda said:

Hold up, what bus route in Queens has a local X variant?

Also, this is just the Bx12 SBS with no stops in Co-Op or between 10th Av and Jerome, or at Southern Blvd, it probably wouldn't save that much time.

No x locals in Queens, just a proposed thing in a Queens bus study. And this proposal is more to "distribute the overloaded crowds" as less stops may have people thinking it will be faster when it really isn't.

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Regarding this Bx12x SBS discussion:

So this is essentially a "super-express"? If so, i suppose it would be nice since faster service is always a good thing. That said, from my experience with the Bx12 SBS, the issue isn't so much speed but rather the traffic flow and delays due to crowding. I admit I don't use it daily so take my opinion for what it's worth but all those delays around fordham, etc in the western bronx are all the fault of car congestion and even though being able to pass up a stop does of course save some time, would it amount to enough of a savings over the entire route to justify either the cost of adding extra Bx12x SBS trips, or reducing Bx12 SBS service, leaving a few stops with more infrequent service and worse crowding? I suppose if you sliced a few more stops  to turn it more into a Co-Op city/pelham bay to manh/west bronx route as opposed to being more useful to local travel, you could cut eastchester (williamsbridge also seems "cut-able" but that transfer to the 5 train is more valuable IMO than the transfer to the BxM10 at eastchester) and grand concourse...

If the Fordham/Pelham corridor is to become more useful, then something about traffic mitigation (Jerome to the Plaza, as well as the lead in to the University Heights Bridge, especially on the Bx side) and addressing overcrowding would be more appropriate or beneficial to a wider range of people

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1 hour ago, MysteriousBtrain said:

No x locals in Queens, just a proposed thing in a Queens bus study. And this proposal is more to "distribute the overloaded crowds" as less stops may have people thinking it will be faster when it really isn't.

Where can I access this Queens Bus study? 

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57 minutes ago, LaGuardia Link N Tra said:

Where can I access this Queens Bus study? 

https://www.mta.info/sites/default/files/northeast_queens_bus_study_-_final_9-28-15.pdf

MTA calls it "Limited Zone service" (proposed to include the Q12, Q17, Q27, Q43, Q46, and Q88) but this idea is somewhat similar to what I'm proposing.

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6 hours ago, MysteriousBtrain said:

https://www.mta.info/sites/default/files/northeast_queens_bus_study_-_final_9-28-15.pdf

MTA calls it "Limited Zone service" (proposed to include the Q12, Q17, Q27, Q43, Q46, and Q88) but this idea is somewhat similar to what I'm proposing.

Thanks. I though these “X” Routes was something different entirely and not the Limited Zone Service Idea. (Which I actually like to be honest)

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7 hours ago, MysteriousBtrain said:

No x locals in Queens, just a proposed thing in a Queens bus study. And this proposal is more to "distribute the overloaded crowds" as less stops may have people thinking it will be faster when it really isn't.

That isn't really similar to what I believe an X variant is supposed to be at all, though. This variant has way too many stops in the middle.

To me, an X variant would be something skipping all stops between, say, 179 St and Springfield Blvd on the Q43. So the Bx12 equivalent would be something like a bus that doesn't stop between  10th Av and White Plains Road, or 10th Av and Eastchester.

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23 hours ago, MysteriousBtrain said:

Anyone ever thought of how we can have local x routes besides areas in Queens?

One route that can benefit from this is the Bx12. At least during rush hours have a Bx12x SBS that runs between Inwood and Pelham Bay with it meant to mostly serve subway and Metro North stops. So basically we would have the Bx12x stops like this:

*Broadway/W 207 St

*W 207 St/10 Av

*Fordham Road/Jerome Av

*E Fordham Road/Grand Concourse (This stop can be debated on; could be skipped and not served by the Bx12x due to close proximity with Jerome Av and arguably Fordham Plaza too.)

*Fordham Plaza

*Pelham Parkway/White Plains Road

*Pelham Parkway/Williamsbridge Road (just like Grand Concourse I don't see this stop needing to be used by the Bx12x)

*Pelham Parkway/Eastchester Road (only to serve Jacobi Medical Center and if the Williamsbridge Road stop is not used)

*Pelham Bay

I'm not understanding why you're asking us about local 'x' routes, but opt to use a completely different route type (SBS) as an example of something that should be making less stops.....

19 hours ago, MysteriousBtrain said:

And this proposal is more to "distribute the overloaded crowds" as less stops may have people thinking it will be faster when it really isn't.

You don't create a different route type (or a variant of a different route type) for the same route for the purposes of passenger distribution though...

11 hours ago, bobtehpanda said:

That isn't really similar to what I believe an X variant is supposed to be at all, though. This variant has way too many stops in the middle.

To me, an X variant would be something skipping all stops between, say, 179 St and Springfield Blvd on the Q43. So the Bx12 equivalent would be something like a bus that doesn't stop between  10th Av and White Plains Road, or 10th Av and Eastchester.

There wouldn't be any Bx12 equivalent to that of a Q43 gunning straight to the train station (179th) from Springfield.... The riding pattern on the Bx12 wouldn't support anything like that.... It's a route that cuts through the heart of the entire borough which serves too many subway stations for that.....

My thing about this whole thing is, an 'x' variant of an SBS waters down the purpose of SBS..... For all that's being conveyed in his example, those trips may as well be short turned SBS' running b/w PBP & Isham-207th (making all regular SBS stops b/w that stretch), because as you stated earlier, skipping those 4 stops won't make no real difference - Especially considering what Fordham rd. is traffic-wise during the rush.....

 

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3 hours ago, B35 via Church said:

There wouldn't be any Bx12 equivalent to that of a Q43 gunning straight to the train station (179th) from Springfield.... The riding pattern on the Bx12 wouldn't support anything like that.... It's a route that cuts through the heart of the entire borough which serves too many subway stations for that.....

My thing about this whole thing is, an 'x' variant of an SBS waters down the purpose of SBS..... For all that's being conveyed in his example, those trips may as well be short turned SBS' running b/w PBP & Isham-207th (making all regular SBS stops b/w that stretch), because as you stated earlier, skipping those 4 stops won't make no real difference - Especially considering what Fordham rd. is traffic-wise during the rush.....

I agree about this having zero chance of existing; I was trying to give an example of what that would look like if you were to literally implement it, but I have high doubts that a Inwood express is any sort of viable.

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