MTA Unviels New Plan To Fix NYC’s Bus System

The MTA has been focused on making the Bus system an alternative option to the subway for quite some time. Most recently, there was an overhaul of the North-to-South bus lines that run along Woodhaven-Crossbay Blvd’s in Queens.

The Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards corridor was identified as a preferred location for Select Bus Service improvements through the DOT/MTA 2009 Bus Rapid Transit Phase II Study, with extensive input from communities throughout Queens. The corridor is served by several local, limited, and express bus routes carrying over 30,000 people per day. Many travelers use these routes to connect to intersecting subway services in addition to going directly to businesses and schools along the corridor; however, the bus service is not as effective as it could be, as buses can be caught in congestion and the layout of the street makes bus stops difficult to reach for neighborhood residents.

Bus lane looking down Woodhaven BLVD

 

The MTA has been focused on making the Bus system an alternative option to the subway for quite some time. Most recently, there was an overhaul of the North-to-South bus lines that run along Woodhaven-Crossbay Blvd’s in Queens.

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SBS Map detailing Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards which extend north-south across Queens, between Queens Boulevard and the Rockaway Peninsula.

The Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards corridor was identified as a preferred location for Select Bus Service improvements through the DOT/MTA 2009 Bus Rapid Transit Phase II Study, with extensive input from communities throughout Queens. The corridor is served by several local, limited, and express bus routes carrying over 30,000 people per day. Many travelers use these routes to connect to intersecting subway services in addition to going directly to businesses and schools along the corridor; however, the bus service is not as effective as it could be, as buses can be caught in congestion and the layout of the street makes bus stops difficult to reach for neighborhood residents.

 

Now the City is looking to explore other potential routes to bring them up to par with the demand from commuters that rely on buses as their primary means of transportation. On Monday, April 23rd, 2018, the MTA announced that improvements for New York City’s long-suffering bus riders are coming. Here’s what we know.

A plan announced Monday to fix New York City’s sluggish bus system may include the addition of double-decker buses on express lines. This bus is expected to run on the X17J express route between Staten Island and Manhattan. CreditHolly Pickett for The New York Times

From: The New York Times

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.”

 

New York City’s buses are the slowest among major cities in the world, with buses in Manhattan moving at just 5.7 miles per hour on average, according to the authority. A modernization plan for the subway, which carries about six million riders each day, will be released in May.

The region is also struggling to respond to a broader transit crisis, with frequent problems on commuter railroads and bus lines. On Monday, Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey announced that New Jersey Transit would hire 40 new bus drivers as part of his proposed state budget.

“For all the discussion on rail, it’s buses that make the show go in urban centers and urban communities,” Mr. Murphy said at a news conference in Newark, with a shiny New Jersey Transit bus parked behind the podium.

After the M.T.A. board meeting, Mr. Byford also stood in front of a shiny bus — this one a blue double-decker model similar to the iconic two-tiered red buses in London. The new bus was expected to run on the X17J express route between Staten Island and Manhattan as part of a pilot program. Officials could order more double-decker buses in the future.

Curious to see which other neighborhoods will be affected by these changes in the boroughs. I wonder if this is something the MTA might pilot during the L-train shutdown. I see you next, Staten Island.

 

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