Browsing: the commute

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THE COMMUTE: We wrote about this subject numerous times. In 2012, we caught the MTA with their pants down. In 2014, we documented jam-packed B36 buses at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z, while the B44 and B44 SBS buses operated in both directions virtually empty during the morning rush hour. On Sunday, March 8, while…

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THE COMMUTE: In Part 4, we discussed installing true Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for the Woodhaven Boulevard Corridor. Now we will look at general problems with Select Bus Service (SBS), which the MTA and DOT ignore in their “infomercials” misnamed community involvement. The Problem With Transfers You are allowed to transfer between a local and…

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THE COMMUTE: In Part 3, we discussed community involvement. SBS Future Plans New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced at a February 10, 2015 City Council hearing that the next Select Bus Service (SBS) route would be 86th Street in Manhattan because it will be “easy.” It will not include exclusive…

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THE COMMUTE: Last week, in Part 2, we discussed the misrepresentation of facts, contradictions, and how so many are fooled. We now continue that discussion. Separating Fact From Fiction None of the problems that current Select Bus Service (SBS) routes have encountered are mentioned at these sales pitch infomercials dubbed “workshops.” Problems, such as fare…

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THE COMMUTE: The B44 Nostrand Avenue Route was one-year-old in November 2014. Yet we still don’t have the first year assessment for that route. Its implementation was plagued with problems. There still has not been a single report that shows SBS has been beneficial. By that I mean that people have been more helped than…

Opinion A Metro-North train on the Harlem Line. Source: Wikipedia
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THE COMMUTE: First we had massive delays on Metro-North last Monday due to snow and ice. Passengers were stuck on a cold train for two hours when they were promised a train would arrive for them in 10 minutes. Then we had the “umbrella incident” on the #7 Flushing Line, which knocked service out for more…

Opinion Source: Wikipedia
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THE COMMUTE: Did Governor Andrew Cuomo make the correct decision to shut down the subways because of an impending blizzard that just missed New York City? No. Did Mayor Bill de Blasio make the correct decision to close all roadways to non-emergency traffic? Yes. Why the discrepancy? Because the mayor erred on the side of…

Opinion Source: The Scepter
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THE COMMUTE: The MTA has a problem and they know it. How do you most efficiently transport 1,500 passengers by bus from Kingsborough Community College to the subway every afternoon during the peak 30 minutes between Monday and Thursday? I wrote about this problem numerous times, citing very long waits for Manhattan Beach and Brighton…

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THE COMMUTE: Last week, we criticized the MTA Reinvention Commission Report for the lack of specifics it provided. Rather than discussing how to reinvent the MTA, the report provided justification regarding past and current MTA projects and suggested some new directions the MTA should take. This is hardly a reinvention of an agency that was…

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