Members of Straphangers Campaign, Riders Alliance and other transit advocacy groups rallied in the Bronx on Tuesday in favor of more funding for Bronx buses.
Echoing requests made in their letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA chairman and CEO Pat Foye, the advocates called for the leaders to add cash to the Bronx bus network after reviewing a proposed redesign that would maintain a “revenue-neutral” status quo they say doesn’t do enough for Bronx bus riders. Riders in the borough have complained of infrequent service, old buses, slow speeds, and a lack of connections to other boroughs.
“Better buses can be a powerful tool to provide riders access to economic opportunity, reducing social isolation and making New York City a fairer and just city,” the letter says.
A slew of Bronx politicians have added their names to the missive, which calls for increasing the frequency of bus service in the borough as well as adding new routes and improving bus connections to other boroughs.