N.Y. MTA Bus Company Builds on a Successful Turnaround

The conversion of a collection of private bus companies franchised to run commuter service in New York City into a fleet operated by New York's Metropolitan Transit Agency (MTA) has resulted in a bus service that carries more daily riders than two local commuter rail systems after two and half years. Created in September 2004 as a subsidiary of the MTA, the MTA Bus Company operated more than 1,2000 buses on nearly 100 routes carrying about 380,000 riders daily at the end of 2006. The goal was to increase stability, improve reliability and increase ridership as a result. More stringent training and probationary periods were linked to higher performance and safety standards for maintenance and operation of the vehicles. Nearly 800 new buses have been approved for purchase, with 625 in place as of May 2007. Older more polluting engines are being replaced on buses that are retained, and maintenance has been stepped up to fix leaks and emissions problems before the bus is permitted to leave the garage. New buses also can carry more passengers, up to 57 versus a low of 44. With congestion pricing on the horizon, ridership is expected to continue to rise.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 22-24
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  • Accession Number: 01054575
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 16 2007 11:51AM