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Re: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: New Jerome line AM express starts test phase on June 8
Posted by Michael549 on Thu Jun 4 12:26:56 2009, in response to Re: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: New Jerome line AM express starts test phase on June 8, posted by Newkirk Plaza David on Thu Jun 4 11:49:02 2009.About the J and Z trains:
One method of eliminating the Z-train, and I do not believe that the MTA actually meant what I am saying, is simply to sign all Z trains as J trains. Thus all J-trains simply run at the same frequency, same schedule, same manpower, same train needs - but no Z-train labels are used.
The basic problem is that no one believes that MTA will not reduce service - as in less frequent trains, more crowded trains, less manpower to run those trains, etc.
Now the Bronx express #4:
Something similar happens on Staten Island with the limited stop buses which are kind of like "express buses". Limited stop buses generally run during the rush hours. The limited stop buses make fewer stops the closer it is to the ferry terminal, thus those at the "local stops" have to wait for the next bus. So if out of the distant terminal the AM buses (for a particular line) run at 10 minutes apart for example, those at the local closer to the ferry terminal stops have to wait 20 minutes for a bus. One day I looked at the printed bus schedules and noted the time differences.
Please note that in the PM, the limited bus situation is very different. As each boat arrives at the SI Ferry terminal, there is a pair of buses for a line, say the S-44. Waiting on the bus platform for an arriving boat will be an S-44 local bus, and an S-94 the limited stop bus. This allows those further out to take one bus, and while those closer in to take another bus - evening out the passenger load.
In the case of the #4 train, there aren't trains every 8.5 minutes during that period, so that half of the trains run express. It has been noted before that #4 trains run on a schedule of a train every 4 minutes out of the Bronx terminal, or something like that. Local riders while having at certain points to wait longer than usual, often may not have wait TWICE as long.
Just my thoughts.