While New Yorkers Abandon the Bus, Cuomo Trumpets Frills No One Asked For

People are abandoning the bus because Cuomo has allowed service to deteriorate. USB ports aren't going to bring them back.

The Cuomo approach to transit policy: Grab attention for superficial upgrades like on-board USB ports while squandering opportunities for tangible service improvements.
The Andrew Cuomo approach to transit policy: Grab attention for superficial upgrades like on-board USB ports while squandering opportunities for tangible service improvements.

Andrew Cuomo must not think much of New York City bus riders. Today the governor trumpeted the arrival of new buses with onboard Wi-Fi and USB ports — literally the last thing bus riders say they need.

Here’s a partial list of improvements Cuomo could deliver that — unlike USB ports — would substantially boost bus travel times and reliability:

What Cuomo has done is stiff straphangers time and again, making a shell game of the MTA budget as fares keep rising.

People are abandoning the bus because Cuomo has allowed service to deteriorate and fares to rise. Happy talk and frills aren’t going to bring them back.

  • Some Asshole

    I’ll need the USB ports after being on the bus for a damn hour and a half.

  • Vooch

    dedicated bus lanes on every avenue & arterial is a easy no brainer

    painting red paint & adding signs is cheap and easy

  • Larry Littlefield

    Consistent with the idea that you can pay millennials so little they have to live four to a room if you install a ping pong table.

  • AMH

    They’ll be useful trash receptacles when the gap between the seat and the wall fills up.

  • Mark Walker

    Bus riders need countdown clocks. It’s horrible to start what you think will be a ten minute wait and still be standing there 20 or 30 minutes later.

  • Andrew

    Anybody carrying a cell phone with either data or texting capability has a personal countdown clock.

  • bolwerk

    What Andrew said. The paper schedule isn’t too unreliable either.

    (Doesn’t the M15 have countdown clocks?)

  • Ken Dodd

    Why not just use http://bustime.mta.info/ – you can see where every bus is from moment to moment. Far better than a countdown clock.