The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been slow to increase weekday bus service even as ridership has surged over the last decade, resulting in jam-packed buses that often have to pass waiting riders without stopping because they simply cannot accommodate more passengers, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Straphangers Campaign, an advocacy group for transit riders.
Ridership Is Outpacing Bus Service, Report Says
“Crushed by crowds? Have to wait for more than one bus to go by?” said Gene Russianoff, a senior lawyer for the Straphangers Campaign, which is part of the New York Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit civic advocacy organization that gets money from liberal philanthropies and individuals. “It’s not your imagination. Transit officials have never caught up to the waves of new bus riders.”
The Straphangers assertion that our bus customers are being “crushed by crowds” or that customers are “having to wait for more than one bus to go by” does not systemically occur on N.Y.C. Transit bus routes.