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Re: Proposed Reconstruction and Expansion of the Jamaica Bus Depot

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Tue Jun 11 18:51:36 2019, in response to Re: Proposed Reconstruction and Expansion of the Jamaica Bus Depot, posted by SUBWAYMAN on Tue Jun 11 13:13:22 2019.

A few reasons, some superficial, some not:
1. Union and contract differences - I would venture to say MABSTOA + NYCT would merge first before these two.
2. Different management structures and styles, as Joe V mentions.
3. There are quite a few differences between the two operations:
---MNRR owns their main station and all their EoH trackage, LIRR does not own its main station.
---MNRR has complex contract situations with NJT (as a customer) and CDOT (as a service provider), sprinkling in Amtrak as a tenant, while LIRR is pretty much its own operation.
---MNRR doesn't have to deal with some of the unique maintenance problems LIRR does, particularly the ones caused by the ocean air near many terminal stations and storage yards. Also I'm not sure what other than windows this affects, but other than the Locos all LIRR vehicles have the same side facing south, which results in very unbalanced sun exposure.

4. This one gets many die-hard proponents to concede: the LIRR is the oldest passenger RR in the US (possibly in the world) that has never changed its name.


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