Subway, bus and commuter rail riders, familiar with service cuts and changes, learned today about service restorations and additions. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority called a press conference to announce what it called “good news and service investments.”
About 3 dozen bus routes in all 5 boroughs will be impacted. The G train will be extended to Church Ave in Brooklyn. The cost for the restorations is $29 million.
Chairman Joseph Lhota credits an increase in overall ridership and budget efficiencies. “These service investments are the result of careful analysis, meeting our goal of serving all neighborhoods and areas with the best and most frequent bus, subway or commuter rail service possible under our current financial conditions,” Lhota says.
A planned fare increase was expected to take effect in January 2013. The Chairman announced it would now take effect in March of 2013. The size of the increase is still being discussed. Earlier agreements suggested it would be about 7.5%. The agency, which still faces a financial troubles and debt, says the increase should raise about $450 million dollars.
The MTA has published a list of routes here: