Bronx pols demanding more MTA money for bus service
Bronx politicians are up in arms over an MTA plan to rearrange the borough’s bus routes.
A group of 10 Bronx elected officials on Tuesday plan to send a letter to MTA Chairman Pat Foye and Gov. Cuomo calling for them to put more money into their constituents’ bus service.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are working reconfigure bus routes in all five boroughs to make service more efficient — but transit officials do not expect the changes to cost more money.
“We are concerned the ‘cost neutral’ redesign will not make a substantial difference in the lives of bus riders and maintain the status quo,” the letter states. “We ask that you do not continue operating under a cost-neutral plan and invest additional funds in the Bronx bus network redesign.”
A draft of the MTA’s Bronx bus redesign plan released in May proposed expanding some routes and shortening others.
Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), who signed the letter, said some of the cuts were a bad idea given that the borough’s population growth. Bronx bus service has "been inadequate for too long,” said Crespo.
MTA officials said they are trying their best to improve bus service in the Bronx with a shoestring budget. “Our planners are tasked with putting resources where they’re needed," said MTA spokesman Tim Minton.
A collection of transit advocacy groups including Riders Alliance, Straphangers Campaign, TransitCenter and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign plan to hold a rally in the South Bronx on Tuesday to protest the proposed bus service changes.