BP Adams demands oversight hearings amid alleged bus service inequality

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling on the state legislature and city council to hold oversight hearings following a new report claiming racial bias in bus services across Brooklyn.

News 12 Staff

Mar 18, 2019, 5:08 PM

Updated 1,862 days ago

Share:

BP Adams demands oversight hearings amid alleged bus service inequality
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling on the state legislature and city council to hold oversight hearings following a new report claiming racial bias in bus services across Brooklyn.
A study says areas such as Brownsville and East New York are dealing with the highest amount of diesel admissions. There are also buses in those areas that are the oldest in their fleet and older than the city-wide average of 9.2 years.
Adams says the areas with the biggest bus issues are also some of the poorest in Brooklyn with some of the highest ridership numbers.
Adams also cited the New York City Department of Health that says both areas reported more children sent to the emergency room for asthma-related issues over the past year than any other area of Brooklyn.
Adams believes that is to do with the amount of old, diesel-fueled buses on the road.
The MTA responded to News 12 by saying in part, "East New York and Flatbush will see a total replacement of their current fleet by the end of the year. The age of our fleet clearly underscores the need for congestion pricing and reliable revenue to fully fund our capital plan."


More from News 12