Details of Proposed Bus Service Expansion

The other day I noted that one of the most destructive pieces of misinformation floating around the New York State Assembly is this line from Assembly Member Richard Brodsky’s congestion pricing report:

The City has no plan to improve mass transit prior to the implementation of congestion pricing. This is a serious if not fatal defect in the proposal in the opinion of both supporters and opponents of congestion pricing.

Brodsky’s claim is incorrect. New York City and the MTA plan to make extensive bus and ferry service improvements prior to the start of any congestion pricing system. The service expansion would be paid for by the $500 million federal grant that New York City has applied for.

Some of the details I reported in my story, however, were not entirely correct either. I reported that the City requested $306 million for 400 new buses in its grant application to the federal government. Actually, the City requested $258 million for 367 new buses on 36 routes in 22 neighborhoods as well as additional funds for the ferry and ferry improvements. The City also requested $98 million for the creation of a Bus Rapid Transit system, according to sources at the New York City Dept. of Transportation.

Below, and also for download, is a map and a list detailing exactly where all of these buses improvements would be made if the state legislature approves Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan ahead of Monday’s US DOT grant application deadline.



  • brent

    I am both amazed at disappointed at the fact that I can’t get this sort of straightforward information from the for-profit mainstream media. I feel like I am getting the only reliable and in depth reporting from sites like this. I read Metro Paper this morning (something I wouldn’t normally do). It’s not on their web page yet, and I’ve since tossed it out, but basically they booted Paris Hilton off the front page so they could debate how cong charging will hurt the little guy. They crunch all kinds of moronic math appealing to populist and PC tendencies like- (quote loosely), “If an elderly, handy-capable, veteran, blue collar person lives on 90th, and wants to go to 80th to volunteer to donate blood and have an unformed Siamese twin removed on the same avenue, why should they pay $8 to go ten blocks?” Or- “If I live above the cong charge zone and need to circle the block a few times to find parking, will I end up paying $600? Gee- $600 a day for 365 days a year equals $219,000!!”

  • Boogiedown

    And STILL there is no way to get from the South Bronx to Astoria! Great!

  • JK

    These are welcome transit improvements and good politics. But pricing is the right way to go whether transit improvements are implemented first or not. The social and economic benefits so outweigh the costs that even if you took the money and bought gold paper weights (or gave raises to the assembly)it would still be good transpo policy. Incidentally, in cities without huge transit funding streams, pricing is a good way of raising the funds for transit expansion. So, even if Brodsky’s original nonsense assertion was correct, he would still be wrong.

  • mork

    boogie– try the 4 to the N/W.

    (You’re welcome!)

  • Jason

    That’ll take Boogie an hour, at best, Mork. And he/she will have to deal with the crowded 4 all the way to Midtown… Frustratingly long when you know it’s only a 10 minute drive across the Triborough Bridge.

    If I lived in the South Bronx, i’d go to 125th st (on the LIRR or whatever subway line was closest to my home) and then take the M60 bus to Astoria. It zips across the Triborough on its way to LaGuardia. If you get the timing down, it might be as quick as a half hour.

    Imagine how nice a single seat ride on a BRT line running through the outer boroughs would be, though…

  • Boogiedown

    Thanks, Mork. I go that way usually. And Jason’s way is quicker. But there are plenty of people who need to go to a borough which isn’t Manhattan and the only way is right through it. There should be a bus that by-passes Manhattan, like a ring road around all American cities. Thanks again.

  • Manhattan resident

    Look at the list of additional buses and routes. Almost half are for suburban commuter routes. This should be pointed out to suburban naysayers.

  • Potosi

    There ought to be both a cross Bronx subway, and also a subway that connects the Bronx with Queens. This could very easily be done by going over the tracks already existing on Hell Gate Bridge. It would a huge boon to business development in both burroughs and create new opportuinties for residents of both burroughs and save lots of time.

  • Dan Icolari

    As usual, Staten Island is deemed worthy only of an asterisk, noting the implementation of new routes and upgraded service on existing routes, without detailing what those routes are.


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