400 Bronx bus stops to be eliminated in borough redesign

Andrew Weber
October 22, 2019 - 1:24 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) –  The Metropolitan Transit Authority announced Tuesday that 400 bus stops would be eliminated in the Bronx, along with the addition of more frequent service and new lines, as part of a network redesign.

Stops too close together lead to bunching and traffic, says the MTA.

According to the organization, both customers and transit advocates asked for the additional spacing.

It can take between 20 seconds to a minute for a bus to rejoin traffic after a stop, on average.

Stops in the borough are currently an average of 882 feet apart, while the average across the world is between 1,000 and 1,680 feet.

After the redesign, stops would be an average of 1,092 feet apart.

The plan would add two new local routes and one new express route, along with added frequency on nine corridors where multiple routes share streets.

“The Bronx bus redesign gives us the opportunity to build a foundation for a new high-frequency network to serve the largest number of riders at the times when they need bus service the most,” said MTA NYC Transit President Andy Byford in a statement. “This is a customer-focused proposal that incorporates an unprecedented level of public input realized by finding innovative ways to reallocate and reinvest finite resources.”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. called the redesign "an upgrade that is long overdue."

“DOT is excited to join our partners at New York City Transit in this generational redesign of the Bronx’s bus network, especially in neighborhoods with limited subway access,” NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a statement. “As part of this effort, DOT has identified 10 major Bronx corridors where we will install bus lanes or other bus priority treatments to reduce travel times and improve reliability for bus riders.”

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