Transit group to release study to reverse bus ridership slump

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Transit advocates, elected officials and passengers from throughout the city were scheduled to kick off a campaign Wednesday to reverse what they contend are falling numbers of bus riders and talk about possible solutions to the problem.

The NYC Bus Turnaround Campaign will release a report offering fixes to revamp the slow, unreliable and overcrowded service that has produced a 16 percent decline in bus ridership from 2002-2015 despite the city’s growing population and rising employment.

Officials attending a rally planned in Brooklyn include City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing); state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing); Veronica Vanterpool, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign and an MTA board member; John Raskin, executive director of Riders Alliance; and other officials.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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a few reasons from queens says:
Not enough places to purchase metrocards. Seniors who are mobile using Access a Ride. Slow buses because of lack of enforcement of those who park in bus stops. Lack of coordination of bus schedules to transit hubs with both train and subway schedules. Routes not updated to include increase of jobs in LI City. Fewer local jobs overall leading to the need to drive to jobs in CT, eastern LI, etc.
July 20, 2016, 11:29 am
simple math from Queens says:
Firstly, that 'rising employment' is all hogwash with multitudes of new yorkers out of work. The second part is to figure it out very simply: quit raising the transit fare and bus riders will continue to use surface transit as well as subways. If it's a choice between using either one, subways will be elected more often for its speed even though the fares are raised on it as well. All that aside, walking or biking is more healthy and reasonable when possible.
July 21, 2016, 2:23 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. says:
SBS works best, but make sure there will be a major compromise between the MTA, the DOT and the general public.
Aug. 5, 2016, 6:30 pm

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