CITY HALL, Manhattan (WABC) – Traveling by bus in the city can be painful and slow, and proponents are demanding more from the MTA.
What is surprising, however, is that the person in charge of the MTA who receives your criticism is on your side.
From drivers demanding better accessibility to drivers with illnesses to college students and young professionals – they all know the pain and difficulty of driving a bus.
All of the testimonials they gave are what the Riders Alliance calls the “Bus Rider Blues”.
Allianz spoke to hundreds of drivers throughout the summer and put the 50 most compelling stories into one book.
“It is not usual for the MTA chairman to come to a demonstration by supporters,” said the incumbent MTA chairman and chairman of the board, Janno Lieber.
And there was a surprising addition to the Bus Rider Blues from the MTA chair.
“I’ve been driving the bus since I was six,” says Lieber. “This is how my brother and I came to school. I’m driving the B35 on Church Avenue now and you know it will take a while. Do you know who else is dissatisfied with bus traffic? That guy. The MTA is dissatisfied with the bus service. We have a lot of things to improve, but we have also repeatedly stated that we need bus priority. We need bus lanes, we need bus routes and we need the cars and trucks to stop blocking the bus lanes and bus routes. So we turned to DOT and said let’s do more. “
A transport ministry spokesman said:
“We installed a record number of bus routes this year that have accelerated the journeys of over half a million New Yorkers, and we are working closely with the MTA and NYPD to keep the lanes clear.”
“The only thing that makes a terrible drive to work is add stress and anxiety to your day,” said Ashley Price of the Transit Center.
Bus lane camera tickets are effective. Eighty percent of the people who got a ticket didn’t get another.
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