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January 16, 2019

De Blasio focuses on buses, ferries for improving state of the city

January 10, 2019
Bus lanes choked with car traffic may finally get much needed de-congestion, with the mayor promising to keep bus routes clear and double the pace of bus-only lanes and intersections that give buses the green light. (iStock)

Mayor de Blasio is vowing to speed up bus service and new ferry routes to the outerboroughs.

Bus lanes choked with car traffic may finally get much needed de-congestion, with the mayor promising to keep bus routes clear and double the pace of creating bus-only lanes and intersections that give buses the green light. The city added 24 miles of new Select Bus Service routes, often with their own lanes, to 113 miles. The NYPD will have a tow-truck unit dedicated to hauling parked cars out of bus lanes.

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The effort to tackle slow transit was part of the mayor’s 2019 State of the City speech in Manhattan on Thursday.

“It shouldn’t be this hard to get around in the greatest city in the world,” he said. “We’re giving people more and better options.”

On the waterfront, the ferry will soon be docking at new landings in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Coney Island and Bay Ridge will get a ferry route linking the south Brooklyn neighborhoods to lower Manhattan. Staten Island is also getting a new ferry route to Manhattan’s West Side. There will be additional new docks in the Bronx at Ferry Point for the Soundview route.

De Blasio also told the crowd to pay attention to April 1 — the budget deadline in Albany that’ll show how lawmakers will fund mass transit and turnaround the system.

“This is a crisis that can be addressed,” he said.

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