New York, NY–No more guessing games or neck-craning.
Riders of the Downtown Connection—the Alliance for Downtown New York’s free bus service in Lower Manhattan—will now know exactly when the next bus will arrive. The Business Improvement District has installed seven LED signs, which list the next two arrivals, along the 37-stop route.
The NextBus program uses Global Positioning System tracking satellites to provide accurate vehicle arrival/departure information and real-time data to passengers waiting at selected Downtown Connection stops.
Last year, Senator Squadron urged the MTA to address the F train’s service problems. He worked with the MTA and released a 25-page report detailing the problems on the F line and made recommendations. Senator Squadron asked for a follow-up report, and the MTA provided this report, attached here.
BY Erin Durkin The escalator at a Brooklyn Heights subway station has been broken for more than two months, leaving riders - particularly the elderly - struggling with steep stairs. The down escalator at the High St. A/C station broke down Sept. 9 - and residents say the MTA has failed to fix it despite repeated promises. They say the up escalator frequently stops working, too. "It is difficult," said Adams St. resident Ursula Hahn, who counted the 60 steps it takes to get to the station entrance. "I'm 72 and I can still do it, but it's not easy, especially if I have to carry a load."
Crash highlights urgency of bus bill A tour bus from Chinatown crashed on I-95 in the Bronx Saturday morning, killing 13 people and injuring a few dozen others.
The horrific accident prompted NY State Senator Daniel Squadron to press the Senate to move quickly in passing a bill he proposed in early February.
The proposed legislation would regulate intercity passenger buses through a permit system, which would include assigning pick-up and drop-off locations to bus drivers and provide for community input in regulating enforcement of the rules.
Two fatal bus crashes prompted the City to get behind a New York State law requiring permits of intercity buses for passenger drop-offs and pick-ups in Chinatown and citywide.
The intercity bus bill, introduced in the State Senate and Assembly last month, would improve safety for passengers and lessen noise, pollution and congestion in Chinatown, according to N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron.
A new plaza and transportation hub opened today in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.
Called the Peter Minuit Plaza, it expects to welcome more than 150,000 commuters each day. Officials call it the city's first 21st century intermodal transportation hub, as it links the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the M15 bus, and the 1 and R subway lines.
There's also a new taxi stand, bikeway, and pedestrian pathway.