Posts Tagged ‘bus’

Martz Trailways adds Curbside Express Bus Service to New York City

Monday, April 15th, 2013

 

In April 2013 Martz Trailways began Curbside Express Bus Service to New York City. The fare for this bus service is $25 round-trip, which is a significant discount off of the normal round-trip price. Martz offers this service from both Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, though, at least for now, the buses only run on certain days of the week. The separate buses from Scranton and Wilkes-Barre each make several stops within their respective departure cities, beginning at 7:00 AM.

The benefits of this new service are:

  • $25 round-trip fare (very cheap!)
  • Express to NYC – no stops after Scranton or Wilkes-Barre

This new bus service is similar to the “Chinatown” bus service model that is prevalent in Manhattan. Buses pick-up and drop-off at the curb, instead of at a formal bus terminal, thereby saving money from the fees normally paid to the owner of the bus terminal. Normal midtown-New York bound Martz buses call at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 40th Street and Eighth Avenue. But the new Martz Curbside Express Buses will both drop-off and pick-up in the vicinity of 48th Street and 6th Avenue. That location is convenient to Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, and many subway lines.

NOTE: You MUST return on the same day, on the exact bus specified, to use the second half of your $25 round-trip ticket. The current schedule has the same-day return buses departing 48th Street and 6th Avenue at 7:00 PM.

For all the details on the new Martz Trailways Curbside Express Bus Service to New York City and to purchase e-tickets, please click on the following link:

https://express.martztrailways.com/

I was hoping that that one of the discount bus services, such as Megabus or Bolt Bus, would begin service to Scranton. That hasn’t happened yet, but this new Martz Trailways Curbside Express Bus Service is pretty much the next best thing and I applaud Martz Trailways for offering it.

Bx10 bus accident Monday in Spuyten Duyvil

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Monday afternoon there was an accident involving a New York City Transit bus on the Bx10 route and a car. The car fared much worse than the bus it seems. The driver of the car had to be cut out with the Jaws of Life. This section of Johnson Avenue was closed for a while and all buses and cars coming down Kappock Street had to be diverted to Palisade Avenue. And all through this there was no mention of the service change on mta.info.

My wife happened upon the accident scene and took the following cell phone photos.

Note: the bus involved in the accident was 2009 Orion VII Next Generation (NG) Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) #4379.

A Bus Map for Jerusalem

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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Oren Hirsch created an amazing Jerusalem Bus Map using Google Maps. Check out the Jerusalem Bus Map and/or read all about it in this Jerusalem Post article!

When Oren Hirsch arrived in Israel last summer, he thought he would be spending a year working with the post-college World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) program, not tackling the capital’s entire transportation system.

And while Hirsch, a 23-year-old with a degree in urban planning from Cornell University, has been actively engaged in WUJS activities since his arrival, it has been an extracurricular activity – creating and posting a comprehensive Jerusalem city bus map online – that has earned him his accolades thus far.

But the key addition to the site came with Hirsch’s arrival in the capital in July and a subsequent recommendation from a friend that he try to create a map of the confusing web of Jerusalem’s myriad bus routes – a step that hasn’t been taken by Egged for over 10 years and one that is sorely needed in a city of more than 760,000 people.

Again, read the whole article HERE!

2009 Vintage Buses for the Holidays Program Press Release from MTA New York City Transit

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

MTA New York City Transit issued a press release for the 2009 Holiday Vintage Buses program that, as we reported yesterday, began yesterday.

MTA New York City Transit Runs Special Vintage Buses for the Holidays

M42 crosstown bus customers will be able to take a ride back in time when MTA New York City Transit places into service a fleet of vintage New York City Transit buses for the holiday season. Everything but the MetroCard fare boxes will be original.

The crosstown buses will be in operation from Monday, November 23 through the end of the holiday season, running on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. With a little bit of luck and good timing, you could catch a ride back in time on a classic coach for the price of a regular ride. And don’t forget, these 1950s-era buses are equipped with modern fare boxes, so they’ll accept your MetroCard or coins.

“These buses are a living, breathing part of the city’s history,” said Joseph Smith, MTA Bus Company President and Senior Vice President of Buses for MTA NYC Transit. “Riding on these buses is a fantastic counterpoint to the vehicles we operate currently,” noted Joseph Smith. “It’s obvious that we have come a long way since the 1950s and, despite the charm of the older equipment, our customers are benefiting from major advances in bus efficiency, design and accessibility.”

The agency’s historic fleet contains 19 buses, ranging in age from the Queen Anne – a 1917 wood-bodied double-decker manufactured in the shops of the old Fifth Avenue Coach Company – to bus number 1201, NYC Transit’s first General Motors RTS.

Many of the vehicles have been deemed to have historical significance to the city, including bus number 3100, a 1956 GM which was the first air-conditioned transit bus manufactured, and 5227, the last non-wheelchair accessible bus to operate for NYC Transit, pulled from service in 1993.

List and description of buses that will be in operation:

Bus No. 3100 – 1956 General Motors owned and operated by Fifth Avenue Coach Lines. (First Air-conditioned transit bus).

Bus No. 9098 – 1958 General Motors, among the first buses outfitted with fiberglass seats.

Bus No. 2969 – 1948 General Motors, among the first forty-foot transit buses to operate in NYC.

Vintage buses kick off 2009 holiday season in New York City

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
One of the vintage buses that will be in service along the M42 this holiday season

One of the vintage buses that will be in service along the M42 this holiday season

MTA New York City Transit is once again running select buses from their museum fleet in revenue service for the holiday shopping season. They did it last year, and it was loads of fun.

This year however is even more special – the buses are even older! While last year’s vintage buses were mainly in service in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s before being retired, this year’s buses date from the 1950s! These older buses are commonly referred to as the “old look” buses.

While details of the 2009 Holiday Vintage Bus program have not yet been officially released, it is believed that one or more vintage buses will be running along the M42 bus route in Manhattan (42 St Crosstown) between 10 AM and 2 PM, Monday to Friday, through the end of December.

Photo by: Adam E. Moreira

DesignLine EcoSaver IV, a New Hybrid Electric Bus Model, Debuts in New York City

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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This morning, the DesignLine EcoSaver IV hybrid electric bus made its passenger-carrying debut for New York City Transit.

DesignLine EcoSaver IV hybrid electric bus makes NYC debut

DesignLine EcoSaver IV hybrid electric bus makes NYC debut early this morning on the M42 route (42nd Street Crosstown)

The DesignLine EcoSaver IV bus is different from other hybrid buses already in the NYCT fleet because it is a series hybrid. That means that the engine, in this case a turbine, is only used to charge the batteries, and not to directly power the vehicle.

The turbine fills the role of “Auxiliary Power Unit” (APU). The batteries in turn power the electric motor, which makes the bus go. There are many advantages to a series hybrid, and for this bus overall, one of which is the fact that the bus can operate in pure electric mode, with the turbine off (producing no emissions), in some situations. In all other situations, the turbine is running at the most efficient speeds to keep the batteries at an optimal charge, totally independent of the bus’s immediate acceleration needs.

The story of how this bus design, which originated in New Zealand, came to be for sale to bus authorities in the US, is interesting, and worth the short read.

I came away from my ride on the bus’s maiden voyage pretty impressed with its quietness and performance. I have no doubt that the fancy hybrid driveline is well engineered and quite capable. My only reservations are over how well the not-so-glamorous parts of the bus will hold up in the severe service conditions experienced here in New York City. How will the plastic straphangers and the full length glass doors and the flooring, etc., hold up?  Until now, NYCT has generally only purchased proven, “heavy-duty” buses. I don’t know if the DesignLine EcoSaver IV hybrid electric bus can be considered “heavy-duty” in and of itself, but if it survives NYC’s streets and residents, leading to an expansion of the initial eight bus fleet to up to 80 with options, then it will certainly have proven itself worthy.

Here is a gallery of photos I took today of the bus’s grand debut: PHOTOS

Edit: As pointed out by Joe in his comment, the other hybrid buses in the NYCT fleet (Orion VII) are also series hybrids. So the DesignLine EcoSaver IV is not different in that regard.

Bus Destination Sign Failure

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

And this bus looks like it was serviced/painted/cleaned-up rather recently, too!

::::shakes head::::

NYCT Bus Orion V 6257 (Bx20). Note that the destination sign is broken and two "paper 20's" can be seen behind the windshield.

NYCT Bus Orion V 6257 (Bx20). Note that the destination sign is broken and two "paper 20's" can be seen behind the windshield.

Photo taken with my cell phone camera. Please excuse the poor quality.

The Great Broadway Bus Rerouting of 2009

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Since NYC DOT is closing Broadway through Times Square in Manhattan and turning it into a pedestrian plaza, several bus routes are being rerouted off of Broadway and onto 7 Av. This happens May 25, 2009. And as a bonus, the M6 bus route will be totally eliminated!

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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 … is coming closer

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

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June 12 is coming fast, and the proff is on the side of New York City buses!

I can’t wait to see this movie! I love the original!

Pull the cords on the buses

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
NYCT Bus Orion VII NG 3804 has bell cords!

NYCT Bus Orion VII NG 3804 has bell cords!

The New York Times City Room Blog has a piece today on the return of bell cords to New York City buses. It is specifically the new Orion VII Next Generation buses that have these bell cords.  While I think that these new buses are extremely ugly in general, the pull cords are a nice touch. Using the pull cord reminds me of the good times I’ve had riding the Vintage Bus Fleet in revenue service.

vintage New York City bus Flxible 7340 has pull cords - look for the black cord above the passengers' heads

vintage New York City bus Flxible 7340 has pull cords - look for the black cord above the passengers' heads