Bus modernisation essential for next-gen New York mobility

Subway modernisation will be important for NYC, but much can be achieved for far less cost through focusing on the buses. By Xavier Boucherat

When it comes to describing New Yorkers’ feelings for public transport, ‘love-hate relationship’ is an understatement of enormous proportions. Millions depend on Metro Transit Authority (MTA) services to get around, with the relative proportion of users high for the States: whilst 85% of the nation’s workers drive to their jobs, around four-fifths of rush hour commuters in NYC use the subways, light rail or buses. And yet there is little doubt that the system is facing huge difficulties: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a ‘state of emergency’ in 2017. Fury around the subway has been particularly pronounced: on-time rates for trains hover at the 65% mark, the lowest since the 1970s. Dated infrastructure means services are often late, and over-crowded, whilst falling rider numbers mean less revenue in fares, and thus less money for modernisation.

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