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Re: Queens Bus Network Redesign: Existing Conditions Report

Posted by N6 Limited on Wed Sep 11 01:28:10 2019, in response to Re: Queens Bus Network Redesign: Existing Conditions Report, posted by BrooklynBus on Mon Sep 9 07:27:06 2019.

That's my point, Vision Zero slowed down traffic in general, which slowed down buses.

Part of the reason for lower speeds is because signals were re-timed and sometimes getting through more than 3 sequential green signals is a NYCDOT taboo these days.

Also, you have all these for hire vehicles (TLC Plates) which travel 25MPH on the dot or slower, which throttles traffic, lowers throughput. They act like they're not the cause of congestion, they are.

There are some signals where if you can get through them you can catch some green, but TLC plated vehicles, they don't care, now you're stuck at the red behind them and when your signal turns green, the next one turns red, and the cycle continues. "Traffic calming" is certainly not calming to the motorist.

Slow bus rides make me regret the decision to use the bus in the first place, I'm sure I'm not the only one. There have been times I've boarded and wanted to alight almost immediately, but you're stuck until the next stop. The reason could be traffic, signals, schedule padding, etc, all of it sucks.

One example, I saw an approaching bus while walking and jumped on in an attempt to get further down the road quicker to make a connection, but now the bus/(B/O) is sitting at a red signal or two and/or purposely anticipating yellow signals and prematurely stopping, I could have walked briskly or jogged instead! A lot of people make that determination the next time they have the option to use the bus, and ridership falls.

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