[Those of you who want oodles of details won’t find a complex spreadsheet or chart here, and you will have to take some of the numbers on faith. Trust me. The reason for this post is to stimulate discussions and to ask the question “Why Not?”.]
We all know that service on the King and Queen routes leaves a lot to be desired, but little is done about the situation beyond the usual complaints of congestion and the need for an exclusive right-of-way. Although major changes won’t happen until we have a larger fleet, improvements are still possible if only there is the will to make them.
I have been looking at a number of route configurations (some of you will know of my schemes for the Long Branch car), but believe that in the short term the first issue we must confront is the assignment of vehicle types to these two routes and the number of cars available for service.
My proposal, briefly, is that the King line operate exclusively with ALRVs and that Queen run with CRLVs. Service and capacity would be increased in both cases.
The following discussion concerns the AM peak when service is at its height. All other times of day would be adjusted accordingly. Continue reading