Double-decker buses. Entering a bus from any door. Digital signs showing when the next bus will arrive.
These are some of the improvements New York City’s long-suffering bus riders were promised on Monday as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a plan to turn around the sputtering bus system.
The city’s buses have been plagued by sluggish service and declining ridership, even though the persistent problems have received less attention than the crisis facing the subways.
In his first major initiative, Andy Byford, the new leader of the transit agency that operates the city’s subways and buses, released a plan to speed up buses.
“We know it’s the right thing to do, and now we really want to push on and make this plan a reality and get people back on the buses,” Mr. Byford said at an M.T.A. board meeting in Lower Manhattan.
Transit advocates and board members — a notoriously difficult group to impress — quickly praised the bus plan. Jaqi Cohen, the campaign coordinator for the Straphangers Campaign, an advocacy group, called it “one of the biggest wins for our city’s 2.5 million daily bus riders in more than half a century.”
Queens relies on buses and the service has sucked for years. Long overdue.
The problem is all the traffic. There are too many trucks and vans on the road and very little parking. The double decker buses sound like a great idea but I seriously doubt they will work. If in practice they truly carry double the amount of passengers and thereby reduce the amount of single deck buses on the road, reducing smog and pollution then it will be a success but I am seriously doubtful.
If you want to speed up the buses, get rid of 50% of the Ubers, etc.
How about busses and SBS kisoks that take dollar bills along with coins?
Having to pay $2.75 in quarters if you don't have your Metrocard is ridiculous.
They take too long to board and disembark. Stairs and aisles are too narrow. MTA figured that this actually slowed service time back in the 80s and scratched double deckers.
How much more can you speed up buses if they can't drive faster than 25 mph on the city streets? Putiting up signs giving the arrival time of the next bus does nothing to actually speed up the bus and make your trip faster.
Whats this going to cost us. Can't wait to see this fare hike.
I agree,too many Uber/ Lyft and illegal privateers. More enforcement and repave the bus routes.
If police officers stop parking in the bus lane on sutphin Blvd, when they go into Starbucks for coffee, it would speed up the select 44 bus and the 43 bus. Usually the police are the worst offenders.
This looks like MTA prez Byford is trying something gimmicky to encourage younger commuters (especially with the L shut down coming in less than a year) and tourists to take the bus more because it looks British and aesthetically pleasing than the regular ones.
Mocker did a thing on this bus on PIX, and there were some people who thought that the top of the bus did not have enough headroom. This sounds like another stupid boondoggle.
can we eliminate the no parking at bus stops since they never pull over anyway? (I don't blame them)
I'm sick of all of the congestion on Woodhaven Blvd. and being stuck behind buses that are not using the Bus Lanes. As to the bus lanes on Woodhaven, does anyone know the outcome of the Carbon Monoxide testing that was done. I had heard that independent testing was done and the levels exceeded federal limits. This outcome could subject the city to fines and require them to remove the bus lanes.
"Can't wait to see this fare hike."
Wait and see the new higher rates for people who work and the reduced 50% off fare for "low" income leeches that are on the government gravy train !
Until I get old, I can generally walk faster than any NYC bus to where I have to go...
Cattle cars come next to convey the "sheeple" to and fro. Vote Democratic and give yourselves a thumbs down!
Name me ONE Dem pol who hasn't been on REBNY's pad.
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