bus rapid transit
"Today I'm setting a clear goal," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn. "By the year 2023, not a single New Yorker should ahve to spend more than an hour commuting in either direction."
Responding to political pressure, on TK, the M.T.A. nixed the flashing blue lights on its rapid bus service. The result, say sources, is inferior service.(3)
New York City's fleet of faster-moving buses, the one the city likes to call "bus rapid transit," isn't, really, according to a new set of standards issued Tuesday by a transportation think tank.
New York City's version of bus rapid transit isn't "true BRT," according to a just-released state report, which calls for instituting a proper bus rapid transit system so that the city can better weather the next Hurricane Sandy.(4)
After Hurricane Sandy paralyzed New York City's subway system, New Yorkers intent on moving around the city resorted to a stodgy old standby: the bus.
Commuters had no choice, unless they wanted to bike or drive (and risk the gridlock and gas lines). Without the subway, the city and state had no choice either but to create special accomodations for mass transit's unappreciated stepchild.(7)
This morning, Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president and a 2013 mayoral candidate, proposed a two-part solution to New York City's transit-funding problem: the reinstatement of a commuter tax, and the creation of something called the New York City Transit Trust, which would use public money to leverage private investment in the city and state's financially shaky mass-transit system.
Since the premature demise of would-be 2013 mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who famously told Mayor Michael Bloomberg that upon becoming mayor he would “have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out your fucking bike lanes,” transportation advocates have been able to breathe a measured sigh of relief.(1)