Advocates call for better bus service citywide

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NEW YORK -

The Bus Turnaround Coalition says it has a plan it believes could improve bus service citywide.

The coalition, which includes the Riders Alliance, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, TransitCenter and Tri-State Transportation Campaign, put on a skit on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to demonstrate their frustrations. Those woes include cars blocking buses from moving forward, riders waiting in the elements without a bus shelter or a lack of room on buses.

A proposal called "Fast Bus, Fair City" would add 100 new miles of bus lanes, increase enforcement for vehicles that block bus lanes, a green light signal priority for buses and countdown clocks at each stop.

The group believes Mayor Bill de Blasio could make their requested changes.

"The mayor feels riders' pain and agrees that bus service must get better," the mayor's office said in a statement. "We have committed to improving our city's bus system by expanding Select Bus Service, which is now up to 15 lines and serves 300,000 riders a day, and rolling out more dedicated bus lanes and other features to make bus trips more reliable and faster."

The coalition says it believes Fast Bus, Fair City would complement the city's fair fares policy and the MTA's plan to redesign bus routes, which was announced in April.

An estimated 2 million people use New York City buses daily.

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