On Wednesday morning bus riders and advocates across the city collected photo petitions calling for bus priority on major streets in all five boroughs. They then gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand that Mayor de Blasio deliver on his Better Buses Action Plan promise of 25% faster bus service citywide by the end of next year. While riders celebrate the 14th Street busway, low-income and bus reliant communities are still waiting to see the same speed improvements that made 14th Street a success.
The Bus Turnaround Coalition presents its third annual review of progress made by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New York City Transit (NYCT), the New York City Department Of Transportation (NYC DOT) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) on the Bus Turnaround agenda, and an assessment of what these agencies must do going forward to deliver for bus riders.
View the report here.
After Governor Cuomo’s transit agency finalized an underwhelming, ‘revenue-neutral’ Bronx bus plan, riders, advocates, and elected leaders called for state funding for more frequent service and new routes to improve transit options in all neighborhoods as part of the redesign program and in advance of congestion pricing.
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
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.
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.
On July 23, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter issued 3 “awards” for poor bus service in NYC:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.