There’s No Excuse to Keep NYC Bus Riders Waiting for Smarter, Faster Traffic Signals

Transit signal priority holds green lights and shortens red lights for buses. Image: NYC DOT

Giving buses priority at traffic signals has improved speeds by an average of 18 percent on the five MTA routes where the technology is live, according to a new DOT report [PDF]. "Transit signal priority" (TSP) could reverse a citywide decline in bus speeds that has caused riders to abandon bus service in droves -- but only if DOT and the MTA apply it at scale.

Currently DOT is planning to roll out TSP on a few routes per year, even though all traffic signals are already equipped with the needed technology, and all MTA buses will be TSP-enabled soon. Given the sorry state of NYC bus service and the potential to make major improvements, advocates are pressing the agencies to greatly accelerate the rollout of TSP.

Today’s Headlines

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  • Hit-and-Run Garbage Truck Driver Kills Cyclist, 27, on Franklin Street in Greenpoint (Gothamist)
  • Hit-and-Run SUV Driver Kills Alejandro Tello, 18, on Skateboard in Gravesend (News)
  • MTA Bus Driver Kills Kevin Zeng, 25, on Union Turnpike (News)
  • Danielle Davis on How NYPD’s Crash Investigation Compounded the Pain of Her Sister Lauren’s Death (Medium)
  • Subway Delays This May Were Up 33 Percent Compared to May 2016 (NY1)
  • F Train-Riding de Blasio: Cuomo “Needs to Take Responsibility for the MTA” (NYT, Politico, NewsWNYCAMNYPost)
  • Here’s the “Both Sides” Coverage of the Subway Crisis You Knew Was Coming From the Times
  • TWU Submits a 10-Point Plan to Improve Subway Reliability (News)
  • Advocates Give AMNY Their Take on What’s Wrong With the Subways and How to Fix It
  • Signal Priority for Buses Works, But Just a Few Routes Have It (AMNY)
  • Queens Pols Still Fighting to Water Down Woodhaven Boulevard Bus Lanes (QChron)

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Today’s Headlines

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  • Make No Mistake: Joe Lhota Does as Andrew Cuomo Says (NYT, PoliticoNewsPost)
  • NYC Democrats Remain Silent as Cuomo Allows the Subway System to Collapse (Voice)
  • WNYC Has a Round-Up of the Week in Subway Misery; More: DNA
  • Cuomo, Running the MTA, Announces $5B in LIRR Upgrades (QNS)
  • Post Knocks Cuomo’s Budget Shell Games; MTA Board Member: Let’s Raise Taxes (Post)
  • The Times Toured the Nearly Completed Gateway Tunnels on the Far West Side
  • Jim Dwyer Isn’t Buying City Hall’s Excuses for Neglected Play Streets Program (NYT)
  • QChron Covered CB 11’s Last-Minute Attempt to Derail Northern Blvd. Safety Improvements
  • DOT Does Nothing as Sinkhole Swallows East River Greenway (DNA)
  • Curb-Jumping Driver Critically Injures Woman Walking in the 19th Precinct (DNA, Post, NY1)
  • The Bikelash Well Never Runs Dry at The Brooklyn Paper

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