A Gothamist blog post asks “What Should The City Do About Bootleg Bus Services?”
Real simple — get the hell out of their way and let them operate! Is it too much to ask of the MTA to allow private bus or shuttle van services to serve the routes in which 570 former bus stops are now out of service because of budget cuts?
Over 2,400 tax-feeders-in-training are threatening to go ‘on strike’ by skipping classes today in protest over the MTA’s plan to cut NYC students’ free usage of the subway & bus system, which is an annual subsidy of at least $214 million (assuming they only use it twice a day to travel between home and school.)
Students decry the hardship and indignity of having to actually pay for something which might cut into their costly cell phone, video game and designer-jeans budgets. The strange thing is that I can’t see the downside here — in fact I’d like to think of this as a ‘win-win’ situation.