MTA Calls for 60 Miles of Bus Lanes and Busways in New York City

New York City Transit wants to make improved bus transit a feature of the post-pandemic recovery in New York City.

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June 7, 2020, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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"The MTA wants the city to install 60 miles of bus lanes and busways in all five boroughs as the city approaches the first phase of economic reopening.

In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg called for the changes to New York streets to make space for buses to relieve crowding on subways and provide alternative modes of transportation for people returning to work after months of stay-at-home orders and high unemployment.

The letter called for better bus lanes in areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as busways in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. The source article includes a full list of the suggested bus transit improvements.

The bus Turnaround Coalition, a coalition of New York-based transit advocates, released a statement supporting Feinberg's proposal. 

Any implementation fo the proposed bus lanes and busways would represent a dramatic expansion of a model already implemented, with success, on 14th Street in Manhattan.

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