NYC transit: MTA’s bus service gets major upgrade in Bronx

WEST FARMS, Bronx (WABC) — There is welcome news for people in the Bronx who take public transit.

The MTA is promising more buses, shorter wait times and easier access to school and work.

It is part of a major transit network redesign effort that started over the weekend and will eventually include all five boroughs.

Eyewitness News was at East Tremont Avenue and Boston Road in West Farms, where a lot of commuters make that bus-to-subway connection heading into Manhattan.

The MTA released a video online outlining the major changes, which involve streamlining bus routes with fewer turns so they spend less time in traffic.

The agency is also extending lines into Parkchester, Highbridge, West Farms and Co-op City – and it is reducing the number of bus stops.

For some people that is going to mean a longer walk to the bus.

But the goal is to speed up service by making fewer stops.

“These riders need and deserve a strong system, a system that gets you from place to place faster than walking, a reasonable goal, I would say,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber. “It’s got to be faster than walking. And it actually moves you to jobs and education and health care.”

“This is truly the beginning of a new chapter of a new era for our buses in the City of New York,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson.

One thing that is not changing is transfers. They are still free.

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