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Re: My Route Suggestion of the Old Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch

Posted by David of Broadway on Sat Jul 29 22:29:09 2006, in response to Re: My Route Suggestion of the Old Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch, posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jul 28 23:10:17 2006.

You're almost certainly right that the demand doesn't justify the expense. As I said from the outset, I'm biased, as I'd benefit tremendously from the line.

It certainly seems to me that the situation has improved tremendously since I started working at KCC in 2003 -- but, then again, my schedule has changed also, so the situation may be just as bad as always on my earlier schedule.

When the part-time dispatcher at Mackenzie Loop is on duty, I agree that outbound service (from the Loop) is good. But at other times, many of the drivers seem to make up their own schedules. A few months ago, I watched a B1 with one passenger pull out a minute or two early, even though the driver saw me running and waving. (Naturally, its follower was late -- the driver apparently extended his break.) And about a year ago, in the middle of the afternoon, I had to wait a triple headway, and when I simply asked the driver if there had been a problem, he gave me attitude. (When we got to Coney Island Avenue, he diverted off-route without first letting the passengers off, I suspect to "get back" at me.)

From everything I've heard, indeed NYCT would be quite happy to move the terminal past the gate. It would be great for the drivers as well, with restroom facilities and a cafeteria right there. The problem, it seems, is that the College wants to retain the right to check ID cards of everyone entering campus -- even though, in my three years of working there, I have never had my ID card checked at the gate (except when I enter when the campus is officially closed, such as 10:30 at night on Christmas), not even when a "100% ID CHECK IN PROCESS" sign was posted following a rape on campus. Even then, that shouldn't be a problem -- leave the Loop in place as a backup terminal.

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