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  1. The MTA's rehabilitation project on the Sea Beach line in Brooklyn finally concluded on July 1st. Seen here is a train of R68A cars on a Manhattan bound N train at 8th Avenue
  2. 1. A Staten Island Railway train, made up of R44 cars, approaches Eltingville station on its way to St. George Ferry 2. 8606, a 2019 LFS travels south on Richmond Avenue on an extended S59 trip to Tottenville 3. 4691, a 2010 Orion VII Next Gen recently transferred to Manhattan from Queens in the wake of the RTS's retirement, heads south on 7th Avenue on the M20 to South Ferry.
  3. A few of my personal favorites: MTA 1999-2000 New Flyer C40LF (Detroit Diesel Series 50G/Allison B400R) A whistling New Flyer XN40 (Cummins Westport ISL-G, ZF 6AP1400B) MTA 2010 Novabus LFSA (Cummins ISL, ZF 6AP604C) MTA 2011 New Flyer XD40 (Cummins ISL9 (EPA 10), Allison WB-400R Gen IV) SEPTA Neoplan AN460 (Detroit Diesel Series 50, Allison B500R) MTA 2018 New Flyer XDE40 (Cummins B6.7, BAE Systems HDS2000)
  4. Here's a few submissions featuring the newest members of the MTA fleet: 1. 6128, a 2019 XD60, rests at South Ferry after completing a southbound trip on the M15-SBS 2. 8565, a 2019 LFS, turns on 181st Street in Washington Heights as it begins a northbound trip on the Bx3 to Riverdale 3. 8577, also a 2019 LFS, exits the Eltingville Transit Center on the S79 heading to the Staten Island Mall.
  5. Passing under the shadow of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a brand new 2019 Novabus LFS approaches the final stop on the S79 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
  6. I figured I might as well post two of my most recent projects. I've been doing some older MTA buses in the blue and white scheme and putting them in the new blue and gold "Cuomo" scheme, as if they had received a mid-life overhaul to the specifications of the newer buses. First up here's 2011 New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD40 4868 And here's 2012 Novabus LFSA 5959
  7. Does anyone have an MTA spec Novabus RTS? I think I accidentally erased the one saved to my PC.
  8. I haven't had a chance to do much SEPTA work, so I thought I'd share this NYCT B division deinterlining plan that I came up with a few months ago and kept refining over the last few months, after some back and forth with some other transit enthusiasts and aspiring planners. The basic idea was to reduce as many merges as possible to allow for increased frequencies without any new track (I only broke this rule once for the W via Fulton Street) Rush hour peak TPH are in parentheses. In cases where routes split, TPH by destination are included. Otherwise trains travel the whole line.
  9. Two submissions from this week: 1. 2019 MTA Novabus LFSA 5575 pauses at 34th Street and Broadway on the M34 Select Bus Service under the Macy's awning and with the building reflecting in the windshield. 2. Brand spanking new 2019 MTA New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD60 6150 on the M34A Select Bus Service waits for the green light on 34th Street at 1st Avenue across the street from NYU Langone Hospital
  10. This weekend is the final weekend for the remaining New Flyer "Galaxy" D60HFs at MTA New York City Bus. They had a 23 year reign in New York starting with the first batch in 1996. 5659, a 2003 unit, loads here at the first stop on the Bx2 in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.
  11. This isn't related to my SEPTA ideas but since it is something I created I thought I'd make a one off post about it As some of you may know, the MTA's Fast Forward plan involves the installation of CBTC on all main trunk lines of the subway. This means that the SMEE cars have been given their death sentence and now they must turn attention to their replacements. In the last MTA Capital Program Oversight Commitee Meeting they announced the future R262 procurement so I thought I'd take a swing at a design for it: 2025-2028 Siemens-Alstom R262 Built at: Florin, California and Hornell, New York (Final assembly) 1,178 cars Formation: 226 five car sets (three B cars) 8 six car sets (two B cars and two modified C cars with more standing room) Fleet numbers: Five car sets: 5201-6300, 1301-1330 Six car sets: 1331-1378 Capacity: 174 (A car) 188 (B car) 200 (C car) Services assigned: Five car sets: Six car sets: Traction system: IGBT-VVVF (Bombardier MITRAC DR1000) The design of these cars resembles the R211 cars with blue front with large windows, LED headlights and a blue stripe with gold accents on the cab end of the A cars. To designate the route, a large LED screen with the route bullet will be displayed at the ends of the train similar to trains with rollsigns; in addition, the route's destination will be displayed above the door on the front. Inside, these cars feature redesigned LCD information screens, Wi-Fi, LED-lit doorways, open gangways, USB charging ports and LED interior lighting. The seating on the inside will be blue and gold. Flip seats will be installed to allow for space for wheelchairs and all cars will have looped stanchions.
  12. For some unknown reason, there were several Select Bus Service XD60s on the M14 today (three on the M14A and one on the M14D)
  13. 1. 2018 MTA Novabus LFSA 5500 shows off its retrofitted TSP (Transit Signal Priority) antenna on a westbound M23-SBS to Chelsea Piers 2. 2019 MTA Novabus LFSA 5585 picks up passengers at Broadway on an eastbound M23-SBS to Avenue C. 3. 2019 MTA New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD60 6133 lays over after completing a trip from Sheepshead Bay to Williamsburg on the B44-SBS 4. 2015 Prevost X3-45 2682 makes the turn from 5th Avenue to 23rd Street on a Staten Island bound SIM1C
  14. MTA 2019 Novabus LFSA 5570 on the M86 Select Bus Service
  15. On the MTA's XE40s at least, the HVAC is in the rear, yes.
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