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    Paperbus Thread

    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
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    Paperbus Thread

    Does anyone have an MTA spec Novabus RTS? I think I accidentally erased the one saved to my PC.
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    Anyone create their own transit system?

    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.
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    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
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    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.
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    Anyone create their own transit system?

    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.
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    For some unknown reason, there were several Select Bus Service XD60s on the M14 today (three on the M14A and one on the M14D)
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    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
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    MTA 2019 Novabus LFSA 5570 on the M86 Select Bus Service
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    New Flyer electric bus

    On the MTA's XE40s at least, the HVAC is in the rear, yes.
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    Metropolitan Transportation Authority 9509, a 2018 New Flyer "Xcelsior" XDE40 is seen here on the M9 heading uptown to Kips Bay at Park Row & Frankfort Street in Lower Manhattan. Two XDE40s (9501 with the Allison H 40 EP hybrid system and 9509 with the BAE HDS 200 hybrid system) have been transferred from Grand Avenue depot in Brooklyn to Michael J. Quill Depot in Manhattan for testing purposes as the agency considers an order of 275 more hybrid buses due for award later this year.
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    NJ TRANSIT (New Jersey Transit)

    https://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=PressReleaseTo&PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3268
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    Paperbus Thread

    Created this as a fun what-if: 5249 as a D40LF instead of the actual 1999 RTS.
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    Anyone create their own transit system?

    It's been a while but I'm back with another station guide: Station Guide: Name: 21 Street-West Market Location: Market Street between 20th and 21st Streets Service: Market-Frankford Line Type: Underground Depth: platforms: 20 feet mezzanines: 45 feet Staffed?: Yes, including ticket agents, and information. Transfers?: At 20th Street: bus routes 17, 31, 33, 38, 44, 48, 62, 78, and routes 124 and 125 Direct Buses At 21st Street: bus routes 7, 31, 44, 48 and 62 General Layout: Side platforms with exits at either end of the platform and mezzanines below the tracks Exits: 2 -21st and Market Streets (main entrance) -20th and Market Streets Elevators: One from each platform to each mezzanine and one for each exit. Escalators: None Mosaic/Tiles: trimline: two tone blue Name tablet: light blue border, navy blue background, “21 STREET” in white, “WEST MARKET” in white on black tiles underneath the tablet Tracks: 2. Electrified with underrunning bottom contact third rail, at 600 volt
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    During the holiday season, the MTA runs vintage buses on the M42 42nd Street Crosstown on weekdays
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