‘We are a licensed commuter van service and you’re trying to tell us you’re going to shut us out of the city?’ one driver complains. ‘They’re leaving the room for Uber, Lyft, Ford Chariot.’
A new book released by the transit advocacy group Riders Alliance on Thursday details the experiences of Bronx seniors as they traverse the bus system.
A decade after it died without a vote in Albany, congestion pricing is likely to become reality in New York City in 2019. It will be both a milestone and a first step.
De Blasio, who has championed housing rights, public education, and access to services for New Yorkers of any immigration status, now needs to tackle the inequity of two million daily bus riders crawling through snarled traffic.
Andrew Cuomo has focused a lot of money and attention on infrastructure. Whether the city’s transit system has received sufficient love from the gov is a matter of much dispute.
Greis Torres, Nuha Dolby, Sokhna Fall, Jasper Krause, Yasmine Chokrane, Darius Jankauskas, Fariha Fawziah, Janiya Taylor and Jeanmarie Evelly |
The subways are the MTA’s concern. But MTA buses roll on city streets, and transit groups say Mayor de Blasio could be doing more to clear the way.
These include operators untrained in using their wheelchair equipment, or a lack of enforcement against cars blocking bus stops, which prevent drivers from being able pull up to the curb so disabled riders can board and exit safely.
The MTA board voted Wednesday to approve a redesign of Staten Island’s express bus network, discussed how to better manage its large construction projects and ways to prevent assaults on transit workers.
The MTA’s Bus Action Plan may benefit healthcare workers, who have the city’s longest commutes and rely heavily on the bus network.
The MTA and NYC Transit unveiled their Bus Action Plan on Monday, an effort to transform the city’s bus network and address declining ridership numbers.