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Could Citywide BRT Slow NYC's Growing Transportation Inequity?

With five routes already in operation, New York City leaders are getting the taste for bus rapid transit. This week, one city council member introduced a bill that would require the city to develop a plan for a citywide BRT network.

"New York City's transit authority has introduced five Select Bus Service routes in recent years and proposed more than 20 others, but that's not enough for some supporters of faster buses who want to use legislation to speed the city's adoption of Bus Rapid Transit," writes Alex Goldmark. 

"Council Member Brad Lander introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the MTA and the NYC Department of Transportation to create plan for a citywide system of Bus Rapid Transit, like the existing Select Bus Service express buses." 

"The idea has gained popularity as a cheaper alternative to building new subway lines and in New York as a way to speed up commutes from outlying areas where more working class people often have long commutes that are getting longer," he explains. "If adopted, the bill would give the MTA and DOT two years to craft a plan and to factor in community input."

Full Story: NYC Council Bill Calls for Citywide Bus Rapid Transit Network

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