New Yorkers take 2.5 million rides on the city’s buses every day. While NYC’s buses provide essential transit, especially in areas beyond the reach of the subway, they are among the nation’s slowest and least reliable.
A coalition of transit advocates are promoting practical strategies to improve the performance of NYC buses systemwide.
Transit advocates knew something was wrong when they observed declining bus system ridership in spite of increasing population, a growing economy, and record-high subway ridership. To figure out what could be done about it, they spoke to industry experts and researched successful efforts in peer cities to identify common sense solutions to NYC’s bus problems. This research is summarized in their report “Turnaround: Fixing New York City’s Buses”.
The bus system faces large challenges, but these challenges have clear, proven solutions. By transforming how riders get on and off the bus, designing streets to prioritize buses, adopting better methods to keep buses on schedule, and redesigning the bus network and routes, NYC’s transit leaders can turnaround the decline of the city’s buses and attract riders back to the system.
This Streetfilm was produced in partnership with TransitCenter, the second in a series of four films looking at transit in American cities. For the first film, see “High Frequency: Why Houston is Back on the Bus”
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