NYC Transit: MTA’s Bronx Bus Service Changes Draw Mixed Reactions
The improvements, according to the transit service, are designed to provide more buses, shorter wait times and easier access to school and work.
This is part of a major effort to overhaul the transit network that began over the weekend and will eventually include all five boroughs.
But while some riders Eyewitness News spoke to like the changes, others feel the opposite.
Terry Moses said he liked that the BX36 now skips several stops on Tremont Avenue.
“I think it was a great idea to move 36, this route, because there are fewer obstacles where I need to go,” said passenger Terry Moses. “White Plains Road, turn right…simpler than that?” I can’t make it simpler.
But Michelle Barrow said she discovered the changes the hard way.
“You don’t know where to get off because (the driver) doesn’t even announce it,” she said.
The MTA deployed officers to bus stops on Monday, handing out pamphlets detailing the changes.
These include changing some bus stops, lengthening some routes, reducing the number of turns and adding more services in areas like Parkchester, Highbridge, West Farms and Co-Op City.
“In New York, we have one of the slowest average bus speeds of any bus system in the United States, around 8 miles per hour,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey. “I mean, think about it. Some people can walk, maybe run, faster than that.”
Although the aim is to speed up the service by making fewer stops, for some this will mean a longer walk to the bus.
“These runners need and deserve a strong system, a system that gets you from place to place faster than walking, a reasonable goal I would say,” the CEO said earlier. by MTA, Janno Lieber. “It has to be faster than walking. And it actually gets you to jobs, education and healthcare.”
Eyewitness News asked Davey what consideration was given to passengers with disabilities when planning this type of change.
“We looked at where the bus stops were,” he said. “So, for example, maybe near hospitals or, you know, aged care facilities, to make sure that’s been taken into consideration. But for you, for some, that might be an added inconvenience They might have to walk an extra block or so, but it’s for the greater good.
One thing that does not change are transfers, which are always free.
While Monday’s focus was on the Bronx, the MTA is also revamping bus maps in Queens and Brooklyn.
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