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  1. That article was speculation masquerading as news.
  2. 13 more buses up for auction: 2500 2505 2506 2507 2508 2509 2511 2518 2519 2523 2527 2532 2721 I believe all of these buses last operated in 2019.
  3. I world be very surprised if RTS isn't facing the same driver shortages that seemingly every other TA is dealing with. This is an industry-wide problem affecting almost every agency and employer for bus and truck drivers. The need to run a network of school services for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon certainly doesn't help, especially when schools sometimes have half-days which would make a mess of any attempt to use those operators to run regular service in between the school runs. I'm also surprised to see that RTS requires new bus operator candidates to have a CDL already and isn't offering paid training to candidates with CDL permits like most other transit agencies.
  4. One of the news articles mentioned that NYCT may be able to qualify to get emergency funding to replace the destroyed buses. Given that they are currently receiving new local and express buses, it shouldn't be an issue to just hold aside the best 30 of the buses that were planned for retirement to replace the damaged ones for the time being.
  5. From what I've read, the flooding was not from seawater but from sewage and likely storm drains being overwhelmed by the record-breaking rainfall. There have been a lot of places that are flooding in these storms that never had these issues in the past.
  6. Orion VII #1210 severely damaged after being struck by a van that had run a red light attempting to escape the police. Details in the linked article. https://www.syracuse.com/crime/2021/09/geddes-police-had-been-chasing-van-for-speeding-before-it-crashed-into-centro-bus.html
  7. The three 29-foot Gillig BRT's (2810-2812) are now up for auction after being replaced by the new 2100's. https://m.publicsurplus.com/sms/cnyrta,ny/list/current?slth=&sma=&orgid=310492&sorg=&ctxnId=323827381&page=0&sortBy=id
  8. RailBus63

    NFTA-Metro

    To steer this back to NFTA - let's see how much money is devoted to additional service along with the route changes. The low-hanging fruit (7, 29, 54) were cut off, but otherwise the existing network is still in place. NFTA does a decent job of headways on major routes but there are plenty of examples of routes on irregular headways (especially on weekends). The 1, 2 and 15 all have oddball headways on Saturdays - perhaps they should focus on only one or two routes through this area on 30-minute headways or better. And the 44, 46, 47, 48 and 49 are coverage routes with irregular headways, just like suburban routes in other cities.
  9. Pretty damning article here about the issues that SEPTA in Philadelphia has had with their Proterra electric buses, which were pulled off the road in February 2020 and are not likely to return anytime soon: WHYY.org - SEPTA’s cracking battery buses raise questions about the future of electric transit
  10. RailBus63

    NFTA-Metro

    The Centro redesign two decades ago and the resulting suburban direct routes were based on public input, same as this NFTA redesign. Riders told Centro in the public meetings that they wanted to be abele to travel between major trip generators without having to go through downtown. This all sounds great in theory, but designing routes that people would actually use is difficult, especially when funding limitations result in 60 minute or longer headways. You keep bringing up the Syrculator bus, but to my knowledge Centro is receiving funding to operate that route - it is not taking away a bus from a city neighborhood. If Centro didn't operate it, the business group would contract it out to another operator. I don't think Centro's network is missing large areas of transit-dependent riders - I think the issue is the opposite, in that they are running too many variations trying to cover as many areas as possible. In Eastwood there are the 21 Sunnycrest and 58 Parkhill routes paralleling the James St corridor. On the south side the 54 Midland and 72 East Colvin parallel the South Salina corridor. If Centro had the funding to operate 15-20 minute headways all day long on James and South Salina, most riders on those parallel routes would likely walk 10 minutes instead of waiting 80 minutes for the one closer to them. The BRT plan wisely straightens out the South Salina, North Salina and James routes and this principle should be applied to other areas of the city. All of that is dependent on funding that will allow frequent service that will help push back against the backlash in discontinuing duplicative routes and allow a few important variations to be run without taking service away from the key corridors.
  11. RailBus63

    NFTA-Metro

    The issue, as always, is funding. The NFTA changes make sense but they are certainly not the type of redesign that has been done in other cities. Let's see how many additional buses actually end up on the streets of Buffalo. Centro redesigned its system in the early 2000's. Several 'direct' routes between major points were introduced which did not go downtown, but they were all gone by 2009 due to low ridership and funding losses. Centro is planning on rolling out its BRT project in the next few years - hopefully the funding will be available not only for frequent service on those routes but for greater frequency on the rest of the network as well.
  12. MCI's 669, 670, 671 (1996 buses) and 681 (2001) are being auctioned off.
  13. Those 2009 buses being retired now are probably less reliable than the 2008 buses, or it could be buses that need a costly repair.
  14. The lease on the five XE40 electric buses may have ended in June - 0011-0015 are all now off the property and are parked at Northeast Bus Rebuilders (source is a post on NYC Transit Forums). The Proterra buses are still operating in Brooklyn.
  15. Regarding the R211's - one thing I just realized that I overlooked is the fact that the R46/SI R44 cars are 75-feet long and the replacement R211 cars are 60-feet long, so those 1,015 new cars in 5-car consists will exactly replace the 4-car consists of older cars.
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