The Island busing variance almost exclusively affects the South Shore, an area where infrastructure has not kept up with the population boom. Many communities in the district still don't have sewers, many roads have no sidewalks, and historical MTA maps show there are actually fewer bus routes there now then there were 40 years ago. Bloomberg himself decried the MTA's 'neglect' of the Island during his re-election campaign a year ago. (Advance file photo)
You may have heard about the Mayor’s proposal to establish a new category of livery cars that can make on-street pickups outside of Manhattan just like yellow cabs do. It will give many New Yorkers a safe, reliable and convenient option for getting around. The program aims to improve taxi availability while bringing yellow-taxi-like amenities (e.g., metered fares, credit/debit card payment, easier-to-spot cabs) to the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The City wants to hear from residents about your experiences with taxis and car services and has a developed a brief online survey where your voice can be heard.