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MTA New York City Transit Working to Speed up Bus Service


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MTA New York City Transit Working to Speed up Bus Service

 

MTA New York City Transit bus customers could soon benefit from a series of initiatives aimed at making city bus service faster and more dependable than it has ever been. Combining technological advances with methods of bus operation new to the region, the era of slow bus service could eventually be left behind.

 

A major cause of slow and uneven bus service is the increasing amount of traffic generated by the city's booming economy. Traffic congestion combined with a number of other factors can work to throw buses off schedule. Some routes must negotiate narrow streets while others serve heavily-traveled shopping areas. Also, some major routes run past bridge and tunnel approaches, which are prone to traffic back-ups.

 

Full press release: MTA.info icon_offsite.png - October 31, 2007

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Unless they will diverge bus routes, or for those lines that cross bridges, they will stop, there is little they can do, except get dedicated bus lanes on bridges, and near tunnels, while stepping up law enforcement to keep lanes clear. A big problem with bus delays is the customer themselves. Run to the bus, block the farebox for others to use while digging for a Metrocard, or counting change. This is what I see as the biggest delay, along with people not using the back door, so you can't start loading, as soon as you get to the stop. Artics need 3 doors, with signs above both that say exit only, and one over the front that says entrance only. Only the disabled and elderly would be allowed to use the front for the lift. Less dwell time at stops = faster service. They play the exit out the rear door announcements and no one listens. They have signs and no one cares. MTA is too politically correct with the announcements. How about this one.

 

"Customers when you keep exiting out the front doors you delay the bus. There are back doors that should be used as exit so the bus can immediately start loading. If you don't want to cooperate to speed up service, then when the bus gets to you late don't complain. Realize that you are part of the problem, not helping the solution. Thank You."

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