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Ravitch Rumor Mill: Report to Urge More Investment in BRT

10:36 AM EST on December 3, 2008


Mobilizing the Region has scooped up some interesting nuggets about the Ravitch Commission's soon-to-be-released report:

...insiders tell MTR that Ravitch is likely to recommend improvedbus service, including increased investment in bus rapid transit andthe establishment of a MTA Regional Bus Authority. The latter wouldtake control of suburban bus systems like Long Island Bus andWestchester's Bee-Line Bus, potentially ending the annual battles overfunding and resulting in substantial service improvements for busriders. The former could offer near-term improvements in transitservice for many outer borough residents out of the subway's reach...

Improved MTA oversight, transparency and strengthening of governancemay also make the short list of recommendations, according to those whohave seen the report.

When the commission held its first public hearing this September, there were still a lot of unsettled questions about its exact purpose. Several speakers asked Ravitch to extend the scope of his recommendations beyond how to fund the MTA -- to examine the agency's operations and identify reforms that can build its credibility. Looks like that testimony will be reflected in the final product.

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