Most NYC Bus Routes Receive Failing Grades For Speed And Reliability

March 06, 2019 - 1:53 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880)  Advocates with the Bus Turnaround Coalition revealed Wednesday that most of the NYC Transit bus routes received either a D or F grade for service.

Although this year's report cards show some signs of progress, the lack of action from the MTA and the city's Department of Transportation could have contributed to the poor bus service and falling ridership crisis.

"In 2018, the average local bus traveled at 6.4 miles per hour," said Mary Buchanan, of the non-profit organization TransitCenter. "That's even more sluggish than last year's average speed and considerably slower than another New York City transit fixture: the rats running through our subway system who could sprint faster than 8 miles per hour."

Over the past 10 years, bus ridership in New York City has dropped 17 percent, with ridership continuing to fall steadily in 2018

"Riders suffering with F grades on their lines are getting off the buses and getting into cars, whether they be Uber or private vehicles, that is making traffic worse. That is slowing down our buses," stated City Councilman Mark Levine.

The MTA says it will adopt all-door boarding citywide and fully redesign the bus network by 2021.