Following MTA Bus Action Plan Announcement, CM Levine Calls on City to Step Up on Transit Signal Implementation

Manhattan, NY -- “New Yorkers have a right to a reliable transit system, but millions who rely on buses are suffering because of slower speeds and longer travel times," said Council Member Mark Levine. "Today’s announcement is welcome news for the 2.5 million New Yorkers who rely on buses to get to work and take their kids to school. I’m especially excited that the MTA plans to equip every one of its 5,700 buses with transit signal priority (TSP) technology by 2020.”

“In a city where buses spend an average of 21% of their time stuck at red lights on congested routes, TSP has proven to be a quick and cost effective fix to make our bus system faster, reducing bus travel times by an average of 14%. But now the City needs to do its part to dramatically accelerate the pace of installation of advanced signal control on bus routes across the five boroughs—as is called for in my legislation calling on DOT to roll out this technology on at least 10 bus routes a year. Unlike the subway system, major pieces of bus infrastructure are controlled by the City, and we need to take advantage of that.”

 

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