Posts Tagged ‘bus’

VIDEO: Bus driver texts and crashes

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

The driver of a bus carrying disabled passengers in Texas whipped out his cellphone in traffic while doing what looks like 40+ MPH and prompty smashed into several vehicles. Luckily it was all captured on tape.

Media reports on New York City’s old buses

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
This bus was delivered in 1994 or 1995, making it up to 15 years old.

This bus (#457), seen here in the Bronx earlier this year, was delivered in 1995/1996, making it up to 14 years old.

Today’s amNewYork newspaper contains an article about the state of New York City Transit’s bus fleet.

The MTA bus fleet isn’t aging gracefully.

Because demand is forcing more additional buses onto the street, more than one out of four in operation are at least 12 years old, the age when the vehicles are supposed to be retired.

Mechanics say they have increasingly found themselves tearing out engines and bus underbellies, while some drivers just blatantly refuse to get behind the wheel of the older models.

Expensive overhauls bring the old clunkers back to life, but it hasn’t transformed ugly ducklings into swans – meaning more breakdowns and delays for riders.

“Everyday the rails are cracking, the bulkheads are cracking,” said Bob Keith, a bus mechanic for 24 years who is running to become a union leader. “We are welding them all and putting them back into service. But that’s a temporary fix.”

I hate buses just as much as anyone, but I’m not so sure if things are really as bad as the article makes them out to be. Though I can say that some of the buses on my Bronx bus routes are up to 16 years old, and some of them rattle and shake like crazy. While I’d like new buses, I don’t want the new buses New York City Transit is purchasing (that’s a whole ‘nother blog post). So instead, I’d prefer to ride the “newer” buses from the existing fleet. That, or give me a 30+ year old vintage bus from the Transit Museum fleet 🙂

The article also included some stats:

Buses in the Big Apple
1,700: buses in the fleet are 12 years or older.
6,200: total buses in the fleet
3,950: average number of miles between bus breakdowns in January, up 20 percent from 2007

VIDEO: Stuck in the snow – such is a bus’s life

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

I recently found a long lost movie, deep on my hard drive, that I made back in December 2003. It was filmed while I was living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

In the middle of a snow storm I spotted a stuck bus from my apartment window. I then went down to street level to jockey around for an action shot.

See all the action by clicking on the YouTube link below.

Let me know if you like it!

EasyPay Xpress MetroCard

Monday, March 16th, 2009
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I found this MetroCard, advertising the EasyPay Xpress MetroCard, on the floor of the 231 St (1) station house.

double-decker buses to return to new york city

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

A NYC Transit official confirmed that double-decker buses will be running in New York City this summer (or by the end of the year) as a test for possible future permanent service. Double-decker buses used to run along Fifth Avenue back in the day. One bus model possibly being considered for the summer test is the Van Hool TD925. A couple months ago I caught one running around Manhattan.



the (second to) last bus standing

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

I caught a photo this morning of one of the only two RTS buses left in the Bronx (AFAIK), #8258 on the Bx20. The rest of this type of bus have recently been transfered to other bus depots that don’t serve Bronx bus routes.

NYCT RTS 8258 @ Henry Hudson Parkway South and 246 St (Bx20). This is one of only two RTS buses left at Kingsbridge Depot. Photo taken by Brian Weinberg, 1/17/2008.