4 thoughts on “MTA’s Bus Plan Will Rethink Routes, Target Congestion

  1. “It’s about two other things: the routing and the congestion.” That is clear to everyone who depends on buses on a regular basis.

    Many factors contribute to congestion; some are more easy to address than others. For example, construction will block lanes and there’s not much one can do about it. Citibike furniture eats up a lane, and I guess that is the way it will be for the foreseeable future.

    Look: parking and standing rules can be enforced. But I see little of that. For example, trucks, vans, and cars stop or even park in the bus lanes routinely in the Upper East Side. I never see any of them being ticketed. They should be.

    Let’s create incentives for deliveries to occur before 6 am or after 7 pm, for example. Let’s build municipal parking that does not gouge the driver, but instead offers a sane per hour rate for the one-time parker.

    If we are serious about improving surface transit, then we need to be serious about our bus lanes. There are ways to do that. Let’s just put our thinking caps on.

    • “Citibike furniture eats up a lane”

      I can’t think of one instance where there is a Citi Bike station in what would otherwise be a moving lane. Bike share docks mostly belong in parking spots, they are vehicles that use the street and the sidewalks are such a limited portion of street space already.

      And parking enforcement is going to change dramatically in the near future. Right now city vehicles are being fixed with license plate reading cameras. Some cities enforce traffic regulations in that way, automatically issuing summonses to illegally parked vehicles.

      The city is indeed piloting off-peak deliveries, and congestion pricing would assist that transition.

      Municipal parking is a waste of space, just increase the cost and expand the number of meters to increase turnover. Again congestion pricing would help reduce volumes.

  2. How about bus dispatching that responds to on the ground changing needs? So if 4 buses are bunched, 2 of which are empty, shouldn’t at least 1 be sent elsewhere on the line? The routes seem to operate on auto-pilot, with little to no oversight.

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