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Re: Q66 Bus Stops Discontinued Every 4 Blocks Or So.

Posted by gbs on Wed Oct 20 03:31:05 2021, in response to Re: Q66 Bus Stops Discontinued Every 4 Blocks Or So., posted by Snilcher on Fri Oct 15 11:00:12 2021.

It depends on the time of day and the direction of traffic. In the morning rush on Northern Blvd the lights are sequential going west-bound, so if you're going east-bound you'll have to stop very often, since the sequence is against you. After the morning rush, the lights are "balanced", with groups turning red at the same time, so both directions have the same timing. In the evening rush the sequence favors the east-bound traffic, so if you're going west-bound you'll stop very often.

Even going in the favored direction, buses can't often take advantage of the sequence because they have to stop at the bus stops in addition to the red lights.

On Queens Blvd, which has the same arrangement, one evening I once drove from 48 St to 63 Dr without stopping once, maintaining 30 mph speed all the way and making every light in sequence.

The Manhattan one-way avenues are always sequenced correctly for their one-way traffic, and it's possible to drive long distances without stopping by maintaining the correct speed (if traffic allows).

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