Commuter buses – PCCMPH Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:49:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Commuter buses – PCCMPH 32 32 Renovations to close trains on the Hartford line for most of the summer, but buses will be available – Hartford Courant Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:49:43 +0000

Hartford – Commuters using the Hartford line will soon have to make adjustments for much of the summer, as CTrail announced this week that renovations at Hartford and Windsor stations will close train service on the line from July 18 until July 11. september.

Replacement bus service will be made available for most trains along the Hartford Line, which connects Springfield and New Haven with daily commuter rail service, according to a statement from CTrail, which plans to release a full schedule for here on July 1st.

Renovations include replacing the Union Station platform canopy roof, improving lighting on the boarding platform and replacing gutters, according to the release. A grade stabilization and communications and signaling system maintenance project will take place at Windsor Station.

“With the completion of these two projects, users will benefit from safer and more efficient rail service and infrastructure,” the statement said.

Some commuters shared their feelings about the service disruption on social media.

“Really sad…but Union Station needs a LOT of work,” one commenter said. “Better to do it now in the summer than any other time.”

“It’s going to be a long summer,” said another commenter.

Fares will be collected on replacement buses, the statement said.

“Passengers are required to purchase a CTrail or Amtrak ticket to board replacement buses,” the statement said.

The commuter and leisure transport service, created 4 years ago, just returned to a full schedule of 32 trains last July. Due to the pandemic, the number of trains was reduced to 10 on weekdays from March to July 2020. From July 2020 to July 2021, there were 22 trains per day during the week.

Amtrak is also impacted by the repairs and has provided the following adjustments made along the line to its schedule.

  • Train 432 is canceled – operates via bus.
  • Trains 451, 473, 475, 417, 490, 495, 471, 470, 474, 476, 412 are canceled and will operate as buses.
  • Adjusted train schedule for train 55 between Springfield and New Haven.
  • Added new deadhead train 995 (Monday to Friday).
  • Deadhead trains 5550 and 5552 will run 15 minutes earlier starting July 18.
  • Trains 495 and 471 will operate from Greenfield, Mass., to Springfield only and 15 minutes earlier.
  • Trains 450, 465, 416 are removed and will operate as buses.
  • Added new deadhead train 988 (Saturday).
  • Train 460 will only run on Sundays.
  • Train 458 will run on Saturday.
  • Timetable adapted for train 140.
  • Schedule adjusted for train 497.
  • Timetable adapted for train 57.
  • Timetable adapted for train 54.
  • Train 148 will terminate in New Haven.
  • Train 147 will depart from New Haven.
  • Train 140 will terminate in New Haven.
  • Train 54 will terminate in New Haven.
  • Train 57 will depart from New Haven.
  • Train 157 will depart from New Haven.
  • Trains 405, 463, 409, 465, 467, 497,488, 450, 460,461, 464, 416, 432 will not run.
  • Train 451 is canceled and will operate as a bus.
  • Train 141 will depart from New Haven.

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NSW Transport: Commuter chaos as state braces for week of rail strikes Sun, 26 Jun 2022 22:57:18 +0000 Commuters are urged to prepare for massive delays as railway workers decree four days of industrial action that will cut train services.

Thousands of commuters will be stranded across New South Wales this week as rail services are cut by up to 75% in a week of chaotic industrial action.

Railway workers have launched protected industrial action in response to continuing safety concerns, including the operation of a South Korean-built intercity fleet that the union has deemed unsafe.

The commuter mayhem marks the start of a week of mayhem across Sydney, with nurses and teachers also preparing to launch industrial action later this week.

The action will begin on Tuesday, with commuters told to expect ‘significant disruption’ as trains will be limited to a maximum speed of 60km/h for the day.

The “go slow” will reduce peak hour services by 50%.

On Wednesday, trade unionists will be banned indefinitely from returning to the rail operations centre.

Train drivers will refuse to travel outside their home depot on Thursday when an indefinite ban on work related to the Sydney Underground is enacted.

On Friday, railway workers will refuse to operate foreign-made trains – which make up three-quarters of the state’s rail service.

Transport for NSW estimates that up to 75% of rail services will have to be reduced on Thursday and Friday, with a limited number of buses available to serve the routes.

Transport for NSW said it would try to limit the impact on customers as NSW prepares for school holidays.

“Protected industrial action is expected to result in delays and increasing cancellation of services throughout the week, with Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink working to assess any impacts and offer alternative travel arrangements to customers where possible” , says a press release.

Commuters are urged to have a backup plan for getting around the state, with regional services also expected to be affected.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW secretary Alex Claassens said railway workers were reluctant to strike but the government had forced their hand.

“All we want is for the government to address the fundamental safety and labor issues that we have been talking about for many months,” he said.

“It’s always been a safety issue for us.”

NSW Transport Minister David Elliott told 2GB’s Ben Fordham he was “disappointed” the union had decided to strike as negotiations were underway.

He said the government made a “fairly generous” offer to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union on Friday that included sweeteners such as extra leave and a one-time payment of more than $3,000 instead of an arrears.

In a statement, Mr Elliott said he had asked for the industrial action to be withdrawn after “engaging in negotiations in good faith”.

The trains were halted in February when talks broke down between the New South Wales government and the Public Services Union. While the workers were adamant that they were not on strike, each side blamed the other for the closure.

The expected delays mark yet another show of discontent among public sector workers in what has been dubbed ‘the year of the strike’.

Nurses and midwives are set to leave work for 24 hours on Tuesday to protest staff shortages and the ‘pure lack of government support’, although the union assured the public that enough staff would remain on duty to s caring for patients.

On Thursday, public school and Catholic school teachers will strike together in a historic joint action.

The chaotic week of public sector strikes comes just days after the New South Wales government announced plans to increase fines for illegal industrial action. Under the proposed changes, unions would be liable for a fine of up to $55,000 for the first day of action and $27,500 for each day thereafter.

“The illegal strikes have had incredibly damaging consequences for students, families and workers across the state,” Finance and Employee Relations Minister Damien Tudehope said.

“We want to put an end to this kind of disruption and disorder and use the established mechanisms of the Industrial Relations Board to resolve disputes without hurting innocent citizens.”

However, NSW Civil Service Association general secretary Stewart Little noted that NSW was one of the only jurisdictions in the world where workers have been fined for taking industrial action.

“Public sector workers have a strong sense of public duty and they do not strike lightly. They will only take industrial action when a government has mismanaged things until the crisis,” he said.

“(The NSW Government has) spent a decade lighting a hundred separate bin fires across the state and now Damien Tudehope feels he can bully frontline workers into keeping quiet about them.”

Greater Anglia: Buses replace trains on the Hertford East to Stratford line for 17 consecutive days this summer Sat, 25 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000

Buses will replace trains on some Greater Anglia routes over the summer, including for 17 consecutive days on the Hertford East line. The company is carrying out work to create platforms long enough for its new 10-car trains.

Platforms at Hertford East, Ware, Broxbourne and Stratford stations are to be lengthened in the final phase of Greater Anglia’s scheme to replace every train on the network with brand new state-of-the-art locomotives.

Work is taking place over weekends in June, July and August, including a 17-day period of continuous engineering work on the Hertford East line from Saturday August 13 to Monday August 29.

Read more: All 26 rail ticket offices in Hertfordshire are at risk of closing under new plans

Greater Anglia will operate a rail replacement bus service and tickets will also be accepted on Great Northern trains from Hertford North to London Kings Cross. The work must take place on the following dates:

  • Until 9am on Sunday 26th June when buses replace trains between Waltham Cross and Bishop’s Stortford and between Waltham Cross and Hertford East, as Network Rail is also carrying out track maintenance work in the Bishop’s Stortford area;
  • Sunday July 24 when buses between Waltham Cross and Bishop’s Stortford and between Waltham Cross and Hertford East;
  • Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July when buses replace trains between Broxbourne and Hertford East;
  • Saturday 6 August when buses replace trains between Broxbourne and Hertford East;
  • Sunday August 7 when buses between Waltham Cross and Stansted Airport and between Waltham Cross and Hertford East;
  • From Saturday August 13 to Monday August 29, when buses replace trains on the Hertford East branch, as shown below;
  • Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August when buses replace trains between Waltham Cross and Hertford East and between Waltham Cross and Harlow Town for local journeys only;
  • Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August when buses replace trains between Broxbourne and Hertford East;
  • Saturday 20 August and Sunday 21 August when buses replace trains between Waltham Cross and Hertford East and between Waltham Cross and Harlow Town for local journeys only;
  • Monday 22nd August to Sunday 28th August when buses replace trains between Broxbourne and Hertford East;
  • Monday 29 August when buses replace trains between Waltham Cross and Hertford East and between Waltham Cross and Harlow Town for local journeys only;
  • Extension work on Platform 11 at Stratford will take place over various weekends. This is scheduled to take place on Sunday July 31, Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7, Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14, Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21, Sunday August 24, Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28. Passengers are advised to check the Greater Anglia website for updates. Trains will be diverted to Liverpool Street.

Andrew Goodrum, customer and program manager for Greater Anglia, said: “We are very sorry for any inconvenience this work is causing our customers, but it is essential for us to be able to run our new longer trains on this route. busy suburb. We will ensure that all customers can complete their journey with our fully accessible rail replacement buses. We will have additional staff on site to make the transition from train to bus as easy as possible.

“Customer response to our new trains has been fantastic. With their USB sockets and points, fast free wi-fi, air conditioning, improved accessibility features, dedicated spaces for bicycles and better passenger information screens, our new trains offer a much better travel experience.

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]]> MBTA stairs stop at JFK/UMass, fixes are a “priority” Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:25:18 +0000

Longer waiting times for subway trains and shiny new decommissioned train cars. These are two of the main issues facing the MBTA as the transit agency faces demands from state lawmakers and federal officials.

Add another thing that affects passengers to the list: the stairs were recently closed at JFK/UMass station, which serves the Red Line, three commuter rail lines and various buses.

MBTA officials closed the stairs with little fanfare on May 19, the same day staff and engineering consultants discovered “structural issues.” With safety a “top priority and out of an abundance of caution”, the staircase was closed, according to MBTA spokeswoman Lisa Battiston.

Commuters can get to the station using a nearby ramp.

“A repair plan has been drawn up and the materials to make the repairs have just been received this week,” Battiston said. “Crews are now mobilizing to complete repairs as a priority.”

Repairs will be completed in the “coming weeks”, she added.

For regular commuters, the JFK/UMass stairs have long looked rusty and pieces of wood were at one point put up under the steps.

Notably, the stairs are a short walk from another staircase that was the subject of an inquest into the death last September. A 40-year-old Boston University professor fell from the dilapidated stairs that connected the Columbia Road overpass to Old Colony Avenue, which is next to JFK/UMass station.

State workers tore down the stairs after the professor died. Another state agency, the Department of Transportation, has been in the custody of the stairs for more than a decade. The stairs had been blocked and in disrepair for months, even though a MBTA-branded sign said they would be closed until “Fall 2020.” Repairs did not take place until the man’s death and subsequent demolition.

After a Reporter investigation in September of the JFK/UMass and other MBTA-owned stairs, agency officials said all stairs were regularly inspected by agency employees and reviewed by construction companies. 3rd party engineering, with “repair work” from time to time.

The T spends about $31 million a year on maintenance and upkeep, according to T officials at the time.

State lawmakers are planning an oversight hearing focused on the MBTA after the Federal Transit Administration cited safety issues during a review of the system. The FTA review prompted the T to reduce the frequency of weekday subway service, including on the Red Line, because it did not meet the required number of subway dispatchers at its operations control center . The service reductions went into effect this week.

Additionally, earlier this week, T officials decommissioned all new Orange Line and Red Line cars due to a ‘battery failure’ of an offline Orange Line vehicle in Wellington Yard. agency in Medford. The new trains are made by Chinese company CRRC, with workers from the Springfield plant assembling the cars.

Mayor Michlle Wu, who regularly rides the Orange Line, expressed frustration at the removal of the new carriages from the train.

“With the T, it’s always two steps forward, one step back. Three steps back,” she said. “So we have to make sure that we put the resources in to fix what needs to be fixed, maintained and planned ahead. We have no choice. Public transit needs to be the foundation of how we open up our economy, how we make sure that in the summer when more and more in-person events happen, kids try to get to internships, families are looking to move around the city and people are getting back to work, it’s absolutely essential.

Wu said she was “grateful” to the Legislative Assembly for stepping up oversight of the T.

“We are here because decisions were not made or delayed over the past few years and maintenance was deferred for decades before,” she said.

She added that she felt safe on the T.

Massachusetts House and Senate leaders said the Legislature’s transportation committee will hold a hearing in the “coming weeks,” citing an “increased need to better understand the agency’s shortcomings and to help restore public confidence.

State Representative Liz Miranda, who is running for Suffolk’s second Senate seat on the ballot later this year, said in a statement that she would push for more state funding for the MBTA.

“Residents of Second Suffolk depend on bus connections to these lines, and the longer waiting times mean they have to leave even earlier and get home even later. People riding the Mattapan Trolley should be aware that they will be able to catch a train at Ashmont,” she said in a statement. “We have to think about the system-wide T, and these cuts cut the rug for people who are just trying to build their relationships.”

State House Service material was used in this report.

MBMC bus ridership hits 72,000 this week; special services to transport cops Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:27:00 +0000 MBVV Chief- Sadanand Date thanked staff members and managers of MBMC buses for providing the services | Photo: file image

An indicator of the fact that more and more citizens of the twin city are opting for the “road lifeline” to get to work or travel for other purposes, the average daily ridership of the bus services offered by the public transport authority attached to the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) hit the 72,000 mark this week.

Currently, 70 of the 74 buses run on 18 designated routes as services gradually expand to more parts inside and outside the twin city. While road traffic for buses has exceeded 95%, completion of regular ferries is set at 99%.

Before the March 2020 lockdown, the average number was 40,000 commuters per day.

“Our main goal is to provide quality services at affordable rates. Second, an elaborate plan has been drawn up to launch environmentally electric buses as soon as possible. said City Leader Dilip Dhole.

Notably, 816 commuters took advantage of the pass facility in the first half of this month.

“The ridership has increased mainly thanks to the streamlining of the routes, the improvement of the frequency to 10-15 minutes, the regular cleanliness and the maintenance of the buses. However, efforts were underway to improve the frequency to 5-10 minutes for daily office workers and students in some corridors,” administrative manager Dinesh Kangurde said.

“Unlike earlier erratic services, the MBMC bus service has definitely improved. However, the administration should give extra importance to cleanliness and driver behavior,” said Pratik Patil, a regular commuter.

In order to inculcate a sense of discipline in drivers and bus conductors, the city administration has also launched the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in its bus fleet. Each bus is monitored via a Global Positioning System (GPS) on the ITS dashboard which detects signal hopping, hopping stopping or any type of route change.

After terminating the contract with the regular service provider, the city administration, as a stopgap measure, appointed another private contracting agency to operate its bus fleet on a Net Cost Contract (NCC) model. This is supported by Viability Gap Funding (VGF) to improve the service network.

Special buses for cops:

Based on the request of the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) Police, the MBMC has set up special bus services to transport police personnel from Thane to Bhayandar via their Kashimira duty stations and Headquarters social at Mira Road Bhayandar via Mira Road.

MBVV Chief Sadanand Date personally thanked MBMC staff for providing the services.

“Although the service was started at the request of the MBVV police, municipal officials and staff members can also travel on the buses,” Kangurde said.

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MBTA fare changes aimed at increasing ridership, fairness begins July 1 Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:08:06 +0000

Five fare changes will take effect on July 1, which the MBTA says are aimed at increasing fairness for low-income passengers, increasing ridership that has been reduced since the pandemic and simplifying commuters’ ability to perform journey transfers throughout the system.

Changes include lowering the price of the one-day link pass from $12.75 to $11, expanding second-transfer opportunities between the subway and buses, and allowing low-income riders to purchase bulk rides for the first time, according to the T.

“These changes are intended to improve fairness by closing gaps in existing fare structures for discount passengers and to simplify fare rules,” the MBTA said in a statement.

The T said the changes will give “discount passengers the value and convenience of buying in bulk across a range from single rides to monthly passes”.

Riders eligible for reduced fares include people with disabilities, Medicare cardholders, seniors age 65 and older, middle and high school students, and low-income people ages 18 to 25, T.

Discounted passengers, for the first time, will have the option of purchasing a seven-day LinkPass, at a cost of $10, which would still save commuters money after nine trips – a one-way trip discounted costs $1.10.

A full-fare passenger pays $22.50 for the same seven-day pass, which compares to a discounted monthly LinkPass, which will cost $30.

“We try to make all fare products available whether you’re in a discounted fare program or not,” Lynsey Heffernan, T’s deputy managing director for transit policy and planning, told the board. from MBTA in March.

One of the main changes, aimed at increasing ridership, is to reduce the cost of the one-day LinkPass from $12.75 to $11. The T said the cost of the pass, which allows unlimited rides in a single day, would be amortized after five subway rides.

“This pass had our highest multiple, in that you had to ride it more times than anything else for it to make economic sense for a person to buy,” Heffernan said. “So we think that aligns it with our other programs.

“It’s also, frankly, a fairness-enhancing decision for us, because the people who typically buy this pass are more likely to be either passengers of color or low-income passengers, compared to our system. in general.”

The T also plans to make the discounted LinkPass available for commuter rail travel in Zone 1A – the lowest fare zone – and on the Inner Harbor ferry. A final change will allow all combinations of second connections between buses, express bus lines and metros.

Heffernan said the changes would result in between $1.3 million and $1.6 million in revenue for the MBTA, using its projected ridership scenario for fiscal year 2023.

The T said this month it forecast a ridership scenario where fare revenue averages $39.5 million per month, which would be 68% of pre-pandemic levels.

Commuters demand changes with buses and transport police Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:09:00 +0000

DENVER — The Regional Transportation District could see thousands of new passengers this week as fans head to Mile High City. Once the single commuter is gone, those who regularly rely on the service hope their concerns will be heard.

“It’s a real problem when every year you use the RTD on a daily basis, something happens every day… if it’s not someone doing drugs in the back of the bus, it’s is beer, booze, etc. – someone always starts a fight,” Paul Wood said.

As Wood and his wife sat quietly under the Colfax and Peoria bus stop, within minutes passers-by began heckling the couple. They remained seated, indifferent to the commotion.

Wood has been commuting from the RTD bus stop located at Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street for the past four years. Wood and his wife rely on the public transportation system while saving for a car.

“We do our best to save up so we can buy a vehicle, but we also use it so we can make our daily commute to work, doctors and more,” he said.

As the couple finalize a timetable for their big purchase, they hope their concerns about crime on RTD’s bus and train routes will not be ignored.

“They rely on bus drivers who aren’t security…to, you know, handle situations, and they can’t handle it while they’re driving,” he said with a nod. exasperation.

Through a public records request, Denver7 obtained dispatch data from the RTD Transit Police from 2019 to mid-May 2022. In 2019, transit officers responded to 42 assault calls and 18 calls for weapons offences. These numbers have increased to 139 and 87 in 2021, respectively. For narcotics, transit agents were dispatched 33 times in 2019. In the first five months of this year, agents were dispatched 174 times.

“Overall, violent crime has increased dramatically in all cities,” said RTD Acting Police Chief Steven Martingano.

Martiningano said RTD is making progress through partnerships with other agencies like the Denver Police Department.

“These last months, [Denver police] recovered, I think, about 19 or 20 firearms in the Union Station area of ​​Denver,” he said.

Regarding the increase in narcotics calls, Martiningano pointed to two different factors, the first being RTD’s Transit Watch app. Starting earlier this year, commuters can now use the app to report drug offences. Second, the acting chief cited the 2019 state law that made personal drug possession a misdemeanor.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of individuals using narcotics in public because it is not a crime,” he said.

However, when enforcing a crime, the transit police’s hands are often tied. In Denver, RTD Transit Police can only make arrests or write citations for a specified list of crimes within a specified geographic boundary. If a crime falls outside of these parameters, transit officers can detain the suspect, but then must wait for Denver police officers to be dispatched for an arrest to be made.

Wood has seen these circumstances on his travels and calls the practice “counterintuitive.”

“We got shot on a bus the other day, and they had to pull over and wait for the Denver police to show up,” he said.

Wood said he would like to see a variety of changes with the internal workings of RTD, including expanded enforcement capabilities for transit officers and more safety on buses.

A spokesperson for the city of Denver said there are ongoing discussions about expanding the authority of the RTD Transit Police.

9.45% increase in the use of the UTS app for the purchase of commuter rail tickets Sun, 12 Jun 2022 17:29:21 +0000

Mumbai is going digital for travel. The contribution of mobile ticketing is increasing day by day as people prefer using the digital mode rather than queuing. Sources have indicated that an increase of around 9.45% is seen in the use of the UTS app for purchasing commuter train tickets. Since lockdown restrictions eased, more people are returning to local trains; and their choice of buying tickets is shifting to app-based e-tickets.

Railway officials are excited to see this change especially as the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) is in the works and can also be used to travel inside local commuter trains, BEST buses and cabs. “Digital ticketing is the future of public transit. We are seeing people moving towards mobile ticketing and card ticketing which is a good sign,” a senior railway official said.

App-based ticketing systems are an innovation that will survive the pandemic and will help both passengers and railways in several ways, such as making the transaction paperless and initiating a transition to a more paperless digital economy. numerary. According to figures from Central Railway, in the month of May, more than 80 lakh people traveled using the UTS app on which 16 lakh more tickets were sold by the railway authorities.

By January this year, CR had sold 6.63 lakh tickets on the UTS app which was used by 37.14 lakh commuters. The current daily average of tickets sold on the UTS app reflects a daily average of 54,635 tickets used by over 3 lakh commuters on a daily average. According to railway officials, before the Covid-19 induced lockdown; as of March 2020, a total of 12.79 lakh UTS mobile local train tickets have been booked.

Passenger associations say that instead of charging service fees, railways should give discounts for booking the UTS app. “It will build people’s confidence to opt for digital train ticket booking using the UTS app,” said S Gupta, a daily rail commuter and passenger association member.

People also feel that the system works well but needs a lot of improvement in terms of a complaints mechanism. Recently, UPI payments have also been enabled in the app. Since December 2021, it has seen gradual growth with 5.93 lakh tickets booked through the UTS app which has been used by 33.90 lakh people for travel.

After Covid, an increasing number of commuters are opting for the UTS digital mobile ticketing system. This has certainly increased the share of digital ticketing and purchasing travel tickets and season tickets through the UTS mobile app. Several trips were made to different stations to educate passengers about the features of the UTS app, how to download it and how to use it.

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Union Station will have no weekend service for lines A, B, G and N Fri, 10 Jun 2022 20:03:12 +0000

Taking the train from downtown Denver to the airport this weekend? Please note that the A line will not enter or leave Union Station on Saturday and Sunday, nor will three other commuter train lines.

The Regional Transportation District says the two-day service shutdown will allow for required signal test work as well as weekend work on a project to rehabilitate a city bridge on Park Avenue over the ways.

A modified form of service will be available, with shuttles replacing the A, B, G and N lines between Union Station and their next stops outside of downtown. Rail service will operate normally between these stops and others on each line, including Denver International Airport. Rail service to Union Station will resume Monday morning.

Union Station is RTD’s largest transit hub, making it unusual for several major rail lines to close. The E and W light rail lines will not be affected by the closures, nor will the bus lines that use the underground bus concourse.