As part of the Fast Forward: Plan to Modernize New York City Transit initiative, The MTA released the Bronx Bus Network Redesign Draft Plan late Friday afternoon. The plan includes measures to speed up and provide more reliable bus service in The Bronx. The cost for this plan to work will be more than money, it will be at the expense of underserving many low-income neighborhoods and the elderly residents in the borough.
Of the 2,619 stops in The Bronx local bus network, the draft plan calls for eliminating 13.4% (352) stops to yield faster service, 58% (206 of 352) of which are within neighborhoods where the median annual income is below $30,000.
Low-Income residents aren’t the only group who are going to feel the grunt of the redesigned bus network. With the exception of the Bx23, the new proposal eliminates nearly all bus service in Co-Op City’s Section 5, a cluster where the median resident age is 61 years old. As a result of such, the elimination of Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30 and Q50 bus service makes Section 5 a two fare zone for those commuters who wish to connect to the 2 or 5 train or commute to the West or South Bronx.
Other notable service adjustments include:
Bx42 – Reduced to shuttle service, servicing only Throgs Neck and Westchester Sq.
Bx4A – Shortened to Southern Blvd.
M100 – Shortened to 125th St and Amsterdam Ave.
Bx15 – Both Local and limited will terminate at 149th St.
M125 – New route to run between 3rd Ave/149th St. and 125th St./12th Ave.
It is clear that the motive behind the redesigned bus network lies in cost savings. As outlined in the 2019 financial plan, the MTA strives to achieve a net savings of $37 million in 2020 and $41 million in 2021 through service adjustments, a goal that will only be met by selling the plan as an improvement but in actuality will result in underserving the community.
You can view the proposal in its entirety here.