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View Poll Results: What should the quality of public transportation be?
There shouldn't be public transportation 10 15.87%
Bare bones 0 0%
High enough to keep the people who truly need it using it 2 3.17%
Sufficient in a pinch 1 1.59%
Adequate 0 0%
Reliable 4 6.35%
Better than expected 1 1.59%
Good 8 12.70%
Excellent 22 34.92%
Meets all my standards, and exceeds them. 15 23.81%
Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-14-2013, 02:40 PM
Location: Planet Earth
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Originally Posted by nei View Post
Other than the S1, what route gets relatively high ridership? Enough to justify Sunday or evening service? I have trouble seeing how Suffolk Country Transit could do well, destinations are too scattered and density mostly too low.

But yea Suffolk Transit doesn't seem like it's run as a service that normal people might want to use. My local transit agency has added an online bus tracker.
A friend of mine created this website which shows the monthly data for SCT routes. He used that data to estimate the ridership on weekdays vs. Saturdays, and also estimate the cost per passenger. (He also has data for several other agencies in the northeast)

I would add service to the 3B (But have it go back down Washington instead of going up toward Hauppauge), S33 (west of Tanger Outlets), S40 (gets high ridership despite paralleling the LIRR), S41 (south of Brentwood RR), S45 (south/west of Central Islip RR), S60, and S66. I might also add it on the S23 south/east of Wyandanch RR.

The S66 may be surprising since it has a long nonstop portion east of Center Moriches, but it's actually up there in terms of ridership.

The S33 would run every 75 minutes, the S41 & S45 would be interlined at Bay Shore and run every 2 hours each. The 3B would run every 2 hours. The S23 would be interlined with the S40 and they'd run every 90 minutes each. The S66 would run every 90 minutes. The S1 would run every hour. (This is all being done to minimize the amount of resources used. The S23/40 combo, S66, and S1 would all require two buses each, while the rest would require only one bus per route.)

On the S1 schedule, they give the driver a lot of layover time in Amityville. I wonder if they're trying to account for traffic, or if they just want to give the driver a long break. Because the S1 could run every 45 minutes on Saturday using the same 2 buses, if they cut into the layover time in Amityville.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:33 PM
Location: Chandler, AZ
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Even cities with internationally renowned public transportation systems (think Toronto) have rush hour traffic in the morning and evening, making all of these clueless 'slow growth' and 'urban containment' aficionados look even dumber in spite of their degrees from assorted institutions of higher illiteracy.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:52 AM
Location: Richmond/Philadelphia/Brooklyn
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Honestly, If I had my way, every city with a population of atleast 40,000 would have some type of tram line (like in France). Cities like Richmond (urban area of 1 million) would have an extensive LRT and BRT system, as well as maybe a rapid transit line or two. Cities with a 3 million+ urban area would have extensive rapid transit systems, making cars virtually unneeded. So Far, the only cities in which my ideal amount of transit would be NYC, Portland, DC, and Boston.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:11 PM
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I drove the last three days. The drive home reminded me why I don't do it everyday.
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