On the surface, these are all worthwhile changes to explore (although describing them, even collectively, as "transformative" is quite a stretch). The chief obstacle is what was not said at the announcement: In creating new routes, what will be cut? The MTA tried to update city bus routes in a similar manner under the last Republican governor and ran into a firestorm of protest. With some 55 percent of MTA's customer base dependent on transit, according to a 2013 legislative report, redirecting existing service inevitably winds up helping some while hurting others. About one-fifth of the MTA's 380,000 daily riders are public school students who depend on existing routes.