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Re: Bronx Bus Network Redesign Final Plan Addendum APPROVED

Posted by dkupf on Fri Dec 17 01:30:25 2021, in response to Bronx Bus Network Redesign Final Plan Addendum, posted by BusRider on Wed Nov 17 09:59:12 2021.

The BxBNR Final Plan Addendum was approved unanimously by the MTA Board on December 15.

I still think that the Bx41-SBS should have been extended to LaGuardia Airport as part of the BxBNR. To claim that it should be part of the Queens Redesign is ludicrous. Based on this logic, the cutback of the M100 should be done as part of the Manhattan Redesign.

As part of the effort to divert the Bx6-SBS to Soundview in late 2022, I wished for the Bx46 to extend via Prospect Ave and the current Bx6-Local to River Ave & 161 St. My rationale is to encourage use of the Bx46 as an additional option for southern Bronx riders and Hunts Point market employees and reduce the amount of Bx6-Local short trips to be added.

Port Morris is a known transit desert. Unfortunately, nothing will change. As that the Bx15 is being cut back, it would have been logical to extend the route beyond The Hub, as requested by Bronx Community Board 1, via St. Ann's Ave to Bruckner Blvd. The Bx17 could then operate via Bruckner Blvd, instead of St. Ann's Ave, to its current terminus.

It's only common sense that the NYCT service planners know that Westchester County is undergoing their own bus network redesign. The results of the County's survey conducted earlier this year were recently released. What if Westchester County decides to no longer serve Boston Road, and, instead, feed their riders within the county to the Subway at Dyre Avenue? It's obvious that the MTA will have to start pressuring Westchester County to preserve the status quo within the Bronx.

By the way, Ely Ave in the Bronx is not a tertiary street. It is a two-way street with parking (a narrow two-way street, though). If Bronx Community Board 12 asks that the NYCDOT to make Ely Ave one-way-northbound only, in the name of traffic safety, the Bx29 could be reextended in order to serve the Bay Plaza Shopping Center, Baychester Ave Station, Cardinal Spellman High School, Mundy Lane, and Wakefield. (Southbound Bx29 service would use Edson Ave.) The Bx34 could then be extended from its northern terminus eastward to Wakefield, and the Bx16 streamlined to operate via East 233 St.

If no riders would have to pay an additional fare, three-legged transfers would have to ultimately be approved by the MTA Board. The documents presented by the MTA to the public show no evidence that this would be the case. Should there be three-legged transfers connected to the BxBNR, they shouldn't be kept secret.

In conclusion, the MTA dismissed the more comprehensive changes that could have made the BxBNR Final Plan a much better plan for all.


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