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NYC Transit Board Minutes:
February 1996

The Minutes from the February 1996 Meeting of the New York City Transit Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors contains the following information of interest:


1995 Year End Finance and Ridership Report


Paratransit Report

Late paratransit cancellations for 1995 were down more than 53% from 1994 as a result of the Authority's new policy of imposing sanctions on passengers who repeatedly miss service appointments or delay in canceling them. Service denials increased in 1995 over 1994 because of budget constraints.


Accidents Going Down

The downward trend in customer and bus accidents continues; employee lost time accidents were at their lowest since reporting began in 1989. Bus vehicle accidents were down close to 13% in 1995.


R62 and R46 Subway Car History Lesson

Board Member Beal asked if the Mean Distance Between Failures for the R62 subway cars, with a 12 month rolling average of 157,000 MDBF) was an aberration. Board Vice Chair Scannell commented that the R62's were originally designed as single cars. The Authority's previous subway car order, the R46's, which were assembled in four-car groups, developed persistent problems with cracked trucks, which required that they be taken out of service for nightly inspections. Tying up these entire four car units severely limited the number of cars available for daily service, consequently, the Authority specified that the succeeding order, the R62's, purchased in the early 1980's, be constructed as single car units. Even so, there were problems with their coupler linkages. Converting to solid wired multi car units overcame that problem and contributed to the lower failure rate.


Bus Maintenance Workers to be Cut by 15%

Bus Mechanics are being displaced by a mandated 15% cut of employees in that category. Many of them are being retrained as drivers.


Fatigue and Accidents

Mr Kiepper commented that a study done in Houston of operator fatigue found, unexpectedly, that the safest operators were those who had worked the most hours, and that junior employees -- those employed five years or less -- had the most accidents.


Study to Determine Street Congestion Impacts on Bus Service

NYCT wants to issue a contract to the Research Foundation of the City University of New York to cover the NYCT portion of costs for a study on the economic impacts of street congestion and possible mitigation measures [such as improved types of bus lanes].


Bus Stop Information System Pilot Program

Board approval for a contract to design and install an information system at bus stops on the M15, M27 and M50 routes that will use satellite technology to provide passengers with online bus arrival times.

Such systems are available in European cities and in Oregon. The system in Paris not only informs passengers of delays, it also directs customers to parallel routes.

The Automatic Vehicle Location and Control (AVLC) technology needed for this system was on the June 1996 agenda.


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