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.