"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."
Today, school bus drivers initiated their first strike in decades, leaving more than 100,000 schoolchildren without an easy way to get to school. Thus far, however, the M.T.A. is reporting no problems accommodating extra students.
Manhattan's congested streets are home to New York City's 'pokiest' and 'schleppiest' bus lines, according to a new report.
Joe Lhota, the not-so-new keeper of New York City’s subways and buses, has said that the success of his tenure as chairman of the M.T.A. should be measured by his ability to change its reputation from bad to good. Only then, he argues, will legislators fund it properly.
Less than a year before another fare hike is set to kick in, M.T.A. chief Joe Lhota announced big service enhancements for subway and bus riders, and threw a big bone to suburban legislators.
"[I]t's really hard to go into a period of time where you're talking about a fare increase, where you're reducing service, where you're not increasing service," said Lhota Thursday afternoon, speaking to reporters at the authority's midtown headquarters.
Last week, Simpson, a Christie appointee, offered a rather more modest proposal to improve the lives of some New Jersey commuters. Some New Jersey transit buses, he said, should be rerouted so that they pick up and drop off some riders on the East Side of Manhattan, rather than at the heavily congested Port Authority Bus Terminal on Eighth Avenue.