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10, Oct 2019

Turnaround Coalition releases first biennial “Cozy Awards”

Any frequent bus rider knows that when stops are too close together, buses spend more time stuck at stops, leading to slower commutes and poor service. In a city where so many residents rely on public transit, close stops are detrimental to a functioning bus system that truly serves the city.

Fixing this problem is one of the most cost-efficient ways the MTA can improve transit service, since rebalancing stop spacing costs a fraction of many other operational or capital improvements.

The first biennial “Cozies Awards” highlights the prevalence of close bus stops in New York City. We analyzed every MTA Bus and New York City Transit bus stop pair to identify and “award” the closest stop pairs in each borough.

View the Cozies report here

20, Sep 2019

Riders and Elected Officials Say “No” to Service Cuts

With service cuts announced on the B54 and the MTA foreshadowing additional cuts in the fall, bus riders and advocates with the Turnaround Coalition, along with elected officials, called on Governor Cuomo to provide funding to keep service cuts at bay.

15, Aug 2019

Turnaround pushes for Bronx bus redesign funding

After reviewing draft plans for the Bronx bus network that specified a “revenue-neutral” redesign, bus riders and advocates with the Bus Turnaround Coalition, along with elected officials, pushed Governor Cuomo and the MTA to up the ante and invest in better bus service for the Bronx.

1, Aug 2019

Turnaround Coalition releases 2019 Pokey and Schleppie awards

On July 23, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter issued 3 “awards” for poor bus service in NYC:

  • The Pokey Award, given to the slowest of NYCT’s local bus routes
  • The Schleppie Award, given to the city’s least reliable bus routes, and
  • The Lifetime Depreciation Award, given to a bus route with such longstanding poor service that may riders have stopped taking it

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6, Mar 2019

Half of all NYC bus routes get a “D” for speed and reliability

This year’s grades from the Bus Turnaround Coalition show that change is possible, but poor overall performance will persist if City Hall and the MTA only roll out a handful of bus upgrades each year. Public officials must make policy that matches the scale of New York’s bus crisis and follow through on promises to implement changes citywide.

 

10, Jan 2019

Turnaround applauds mayor’s pledge to improve bus speeds 25% by the end of 2020

Mayor de Blasio’s plan to make buses quicker and more reliable is what’s needed to give bus riders fair access to opportunity in the city.

20, Dec 2018

Turnaround Coalition serenades mayor with holiday bus carols

The Bus Turnaround Coalition gathered on the steps of City Hall today to ask Mayor de Blasio to grant bus riders’ wish for quicker and more reliable bus service this holiday season.

1, Nov 2018

Bus riders vent their frustration at city hall

Bus riders and advocates with the Bus Turnaround Coalition continue to pressure Mayor de Blasio to deliver on his promise of a fair city by improving service for New York’s more than two million daily bus riders. At two Manhattan bus stops, riders were invited to petition the mayor Via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, voice, and snail mail, using hashtags #deBUSio and #DeBusIsSlow.
28, Sep 2018

Turnaround Coalition releases 2018 Progress Report

Two years after the launch of our campaign to bring New Yorkers fast and reliable bus service, we offer the following review of progress made by New York City Transit, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the New York City Police Department on the Bus Turnaround agenda.

View the report here.

30, Jul 2018

Turnaround Coalition releases Fast Bus, Fair City report

On Tuesday morning the Bus Turnaround Coalition gathered on the steps of City Hall to announce the Fast Bus, Fair City Report- a set of action items the City of New York can use to bring fairer and more equitable bus service to millions of riders.

View the report here.

24, Apr 2018

The MTA bus action plan is exactly what NYC bus riders need

Today NYC Transit released its Bus Action Plan, a comprehensive vision for rethinking New York City’s bus system. The Bus Action Plan includes many of the solutions advanced by the Bus Turnaround Campaign, including a full bus network redesign, commitment to all-door boarding, improved dispatching, and a plan to prioritize buses on city streets.

 

21, Mar 2018

New MTA NYCT bus performance dashboard is a win for riders

The Bus Turnaround Coalition commends the MTA NYCT for providing riders with the ability to track bus speeds and reliability via its new dashboard. The metrics included in the dashboard reflect what matters to riders, such as time spent at bus stops, travel time, and bus speeds.

 

2, Mar 2018

Riders stage skit to demonstrate the hardships of boarding buses through single door

Members of the Riders Alliance gathered outside of the MTA headquarters before the February MTA board meeting for a theatrical demonstration of the hardships of boarding buses through only one door. They renewed their call for New York City Transit President Andy Byford to commit to implementing all-door boarding city-wide.

14, Feb 2018

This Valentine’s Day: Mayor de Blasio, will you be our bus mayor?

This Valentine’s Day, join us in tweeting @NYCMayor to ask him to be a champion for NYC bus riders by prioritizing buses on city streets. #busmayor #busturnaround

9, Feb 2018

Turnaround Coalition releases new grades for MTA bus routes

The Bus Turnaround Coalition gathered Thursday morning outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall to release new grades for each of NYC’s local bus routes. These grades are based on analysis of bus speeds and reliability over the last year. Out of 246 local bus routes evaluated by the coalition, nearly 75 percent received Ds or Fs.

6, Feb 2018

Waiting for the light

New Yorkers are stuck spending 21% of their bus rides stopped at red lights—but they shouldn’t be: transit signal priority (TSP) can be used to extend green lights or shorten red ones when a bus is approaching, speeding up trips and improving schedule reliability.

5, Dec 2017

Bus riders asked just one thing from the MTA this holiday season: All-door boarding

At this morning’s meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, bus riders and advocates asked for one thing only from the assembled transit officials for the holidays this year — a plan in place by next summer to permit them to pay the fare at any door on any city bus, once the new fare payment system becomes active.
19, Oct 2017

Bus operators and bus riders unite to demand MTA institute new policy of all-door boarding on buses citywide

A powerful new coalition of bus operators, bus riders, leading transit unions and transit advocates gathered outside MTA headquarters today to demand that the MTA move to a new system of letting riders board through all doors on buses citywide, a system that will make buses safer for operators and faster and more reliable for riders.

20, Apr 2017

District report cards allow riders and elected officials to see quality of service in their districts

The Bus Turnaround coalition released a new, interactive online district-level bus report card tool that allows bus riders and elected officials to see, at a glance, the quality of bus service in their districts.

9, Feb 2017

Top 10 nominees for bus lanes

The Bus Turnaround Coalition has identified the top ten prime streets for practical, near-term bus improvements across all five New York City boroughs.

6, Oct 2016

Turnaround Coalition releases report cards for every bus route in the city

The Bus Turnaround coalition held a rally at City Hall to call on the MTA and DOT to undertake sweeping changes to fix bus service, where ridership has been in free-fall for a number of years. At the rally, the coalition released new route-level report cards with speed and reliability data for local buses.

20, Jul 2016

As bus ridership plummets, new Bus Turnaround coalition releases solutions to fix NYC’s struggling buses

Seeking to reverse years of declining bus ridership and worsening bus speeds and reliability, New York’s leading transit advocates released a new report today that lays out how the city can fix its underperforming bus system. The advocates also launched the Bus Turnaround Campaign, which will apply pressure to win implementation of the report’s recommendations.