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Letter to MTA: Don’t slash Manhattan Select Bus plans

Earlier this month, my office discovered details in a Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget document indicating it plans to slash promised expansions of Select Bus Service in Manhattan, pushing back the improvements to 96th Street crosstown service and other lines through at least 2021.

The Wall Street Journal also unearthed these details and reported on them, and around the same time I sent a letter to Andy Byford, president of MTA-New York City Transit, urging him to reverse the cuts and criticizing his agency’s failure to announce them openly.

MTA bus ridership has been suffering, and improved speed and reliability are necessary ingredients to turn that around. Pushing back planned service upgrades is penny-wise but pound-foolish.

Read the Wall Street Journal article, and read my office’s letter to MTA-NYCT President Byford here.

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