NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced plans to restore and expand its service to subway, bus and commuter rail lines, two years after making deep cuts amid a budget shortfall.
NYC Councilman Jimmy Vacca says he is is delighted “I applaud the leadership of Chairman Joe Lhota and the MTA for hearing the pleas of strap-hangers to restore many of the services that were cut in 2010,” Vacca, who Chairs of the Transportation Committee added... “I have consistently advocated for a restoration of as many services as possible, especially given the pending fare increases next year. I hope these restorations are a sign that we have weathered the worst of the financial storm, and that this represents a new era where strap-hangers can feel the MTA is actually listening and acting on their pleas for better service. ”
The MTA also announced the creation of new bus service for western Hunts Point and Barretto Point Park, a project that has been a high priority for Borough President Diaz for several years. The MTA also announced that they would extend the Bx13 bus line to the Gateway Center Mall, the restoration of weekend service on the Bx34 that serves Woodlawn, Norwood, Bedford Park and Fordham, and expanded service on the three Metro North lines that serve the Bronx.
Among these improvements are the permanent extension of the G train to Church Avenue and extensions of B39 bus service over the Williamsburg Bridge, M9 bus service to Battery Park City and B57 bus service. A total of 40 transportation services are included.