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NYC Transit Board Minutes:
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
- Operating expenses were $9.3 million (0.3%) above budget
- 0.2% below 1994 despite inflation of 2.8%
- 7.4% above 1989 despite inflation of 22.9%
- The number of employees dropped by 2,288 (5%)
- Largest one year reduction in history
- Unscheduled overtime cut by $26.1 million (22%)
- 4,627 (nearly 10%) below 1989 level
- Passenger revenue was $32.7 million (1.9%) above budget
- Annual subway ridership 1.091 billion
- Up by 0.8%
- Highest level since 1974
- Weekend level up by 2.2%
- Annual bus ridership down 0.9%
- Fare evasion down 29%
- Generating $6.1 million in additional revenue
- 68% drop from 1991, generating $31.6 million in revenue
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
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
The Automatic Vehicle Location and Control (AVLC) technology needed for this system was on the June 1996 agenda.
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