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'State of the MTA' address (including Regional Bus proposal)

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:53 am    Post subject: 'State of the MTA' address (including Regional Bus proposal) Reply with quote

Text of Elliot Sander's 'State of the MTA' address

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I am pleased to announce that this year we will be taking significant steps to fully integrate the operations of New York City Transit, MTA Bus and LI Bus to create a consolidated regional bus operation. This will enable the MTA to eliminate redundant functions and better leverage the institutional capabilities of all three existing bus entities.


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I have reviewed our 2008 revenues to date, which are in line with our budget projections. As a result, I will recommend to the Board that we move ahead with the service enhancements included in the financial plan.

That means $30 million dollars in new service this year. Our customers will benefit from increased service on 11 subway lines, extended and new bus routes, additional commuter rail trains and cars on LIRR and Metro-North, and improved customer communications.

We have embraced the concept of breaking down institutional and political boundaries to improve service. In the past year, New York City Transit has initiated its first service across state lines, the S89 bus, which runs from Staten Island to the 34th Street Hudson Bergen light rail station in Bayonne, New Jersey. Ridership gains on this line from about 400 daily riders initially to nearly 800 daily riders today have been so dramatic that New York City Transit plans to add three daily round trips next month.


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The introduction of bus rapid transit in New York City will start another revolution. Later this year, New York City Transit and NYC DOT will launch our first BRT service. This is the kind of partnership we will need to make BRT a success, and I'm pleased Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan could be here this morning.

BRT will revolutionize surface transportation by delivering superior levels of service, primarily by deploying two exciting innovations giving traffic signal priority to buses in dedicated lanes and switching to off-board fare collection, which will reduce bus dwell times.


There is also talk about congestion pricing for autos and how those revenues can be used to fund various new bus and subway services.
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