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Opinion East 16th Street and Sheepshead Bay Road. Photo by Erica Sherman
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Editor’s note: Portions of this article were significantly changed due to factual errors that have since been corrected. The premise behind those errors remain in strikeout as a matter of transparency, while some commentary has been deleted or changed. We regret the error. THE COMMUTE: The latest harebrained scheme by the Department of Transportation (DOT) is…

Opinion Source: Wikimedia (Adam E. Moreira)
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THE COMMUTE: The first Woodhaven / Cross Bay Select Bus Service (SBS) newsletter has been released. It claims to provide the latest updated information on the project. However, all it does is reiterate the same information that had previously been provided. The DOT promised, at an April workshop, to provide on their website a complete…

Opinion Slain bus driver, Edwin Thomas, who had a street co-named after him this past week. (Source: Edley Thomas)
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THE COMMUTE: The major local transit news is that the New York City Transit (NYCT) President Carmen Bianco is resigning this summer after nearly two years at the helm and serving many years at NYCT. His service included heading System Safety in the nineties and returning to NYCT as senior vice president of Subways after…

News & Features The B1 bus, en route to Kingsborough Community College
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Assemblyman William Colton and the Transport Workers Union [TWU-Local 100] are calling on the MTA to implement a weekday, limited service for the beleaguered B1 bus line between Kingsborough Community College [KCC] and Bay Ridge. The assemblyman sent the MTA a letter this month explaining the need for additional service on the B1 route, which has long…

Opinion Two of the three East River crossings, circa 1981. Source: Wikipedia
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THE COMMUTE: Previously we looked at the historical perspective of previous plans to toll the free East River bridges and briefly discussed the Move NY Plan. Now let’s delve a little more deeply into the Move NY Plan. Its supposed goals, other than providing needed mass transit funding, is to: Reduce congestion in midtown and…

Opinion Source: MTA
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THE COMMUTE: The MTA is proposing Select Bus Service (SBS) on the B46 Utica Avenue bus route scheduled for autumn implementation this year. It was scheduled for discussion at the MTA Transit Committee meeting this past May 18. The information is provided on the ‘Staff Summary,’ on pages 133 to 138 of the agenda. Community…

Opinion Two of the three East River crossings, circa 1981. Source: Wikipedia
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THE COMMUTE: The answer is obvious to all the car haters out there. However, those who are more objective in their analysis have legitimate reasons to oppose such a plan. Among those is Queens Councilman Rory Lancman. He stated in the Queens Chronicle: It’s unfair…a teacher driving into Manhattan to a local public school would…

Opinion Source: Wikimedia (Adam E. Moreira)
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THE COMMUTE: Yesterday, we showed how the average number of passengers carried per bus for routes discontinued in 2010 was 17.06. New York City Transit (NYCT) instituted five new routes in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. These were the B32, B84, Bx24, Bx46, and M12. They also reinstituted the B37 and B39; the B67 was…

Opinion
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THE COMMUTE: Last week, we used 2014 ridership data to determine how well the MTA’s Select Bus Service (SBS) routes were performing compared to local and limited routes. We determined that only two of the seven routes performed better than the borough averages. In the past several years, the MTA created new routes or reinstituted…

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