MTA will make five bus routes free in New York: list

MTA will make five bus routes free in New York: list
MTA will make five bus routes free in New York: list

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New Yorkers will be able to ride buses on five city routes for free. Starting September 24, as part of a pilot program, each borough plans to launch one free route, according to Gothamist.
MTA officials said tolls will be waived on one route in each of the five districts. The program will run for at least six months.
List of free routes:

B60 runs in Brooklyn between Williams and Flatlands Avenues, in Canarsie and Williamsburg Bridge Plaza.
M116which runs around Manhattan: along 116th Street, Manhattan Avenue and West 106th Street.
Q4 LCL/LTDwhich runs in southeast Queens between Cambria Heights and Jamaica Center.
S46/96which runs on Staten Island between the St. George Ferry Terminal and West Shore Plaza.
BX18 A/Bwhich circles the West Bronx between Undercliff or Sedgwick Avenue and the Grand Concourse.

“It’s great that the bus will be free. Hallelujah! said Mattie Smith, an elderly Harlem resident who rides the M116 bus two to three times a week. “We already have a lot to pay with our limited means.”
Features of the pilot program
MTA officials said the toll-free routes will serve about 44,000 of the agency’s 1.3 million bus riders on weekdays. It is planned that they will be free under the pilot program for at least six months, but no more than a year.

On the subject: MTA can send you SMS if your train or bus is delayed: how to subscribe to the service

With this innovation, authorities expect crowding issues at some stops as more passengers become aware of free routes.
Buses on the five free routes will be labeled “Fare Free,” officials said. It is also planned to add green and black elements to the design of information boards at stops to inform passengers that they will not need to pay.
According to the MTA, 37% of bus riders evade fares and drive like crazy. Now this can be done legally, at least on several routes.

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MTA will make five bus routes free in New York: list

New Yorkers will be able to ride buses on five city routes for free. Starting September 24, as part of a pilot program, each borough plans to launch one free route, according to Gothamist.

MTA officials said tolls will be waived on one route in each of the five districts. The program will run for at least six months.

List of free routes:

  • B60 runs in Brooklyn between Williams and Flatlands Avenues, in Canarsie and Williamsburg Bridge Plaza.
  • M116which runs around Manhattan: along 116th Street, Manhattan Avenue and West 106th Street.
  • Q4 LCL/LTDwhich runs in southeast Queens between Cambria Heights and Jamaica Center.
  • S46/96which runs on Staten Island between the St. George Ferry Terminal and West Shore Plaza.
  • BX18 A/Bwhich circles the West Bronx between Undercliff or Sedgwick Avenue and the Grand Concourse.

“It’s great that the bus will be free. Hallelujah! said Mattie Smith, an elderly Harlem resident who rides the M116 bus two to three times a week. “We already have a lot to pay with our limited means.”

Features of the pilot program

MTA officials said the toll-free routes will serve about 44,000 of the agency’s 1.3 million bus riders on weekdays. It is planned that they will be free under the pilot program for at least six months, but no more than a year.

On the subject: MTA can send you SMS if your train or bus is delayed: how to subscribe to the service

With this innovation, authorities expect crowding issues at some stops as more passengers become aware of free routes.

Buses on the five free routes will be labeled “Fare Free,” officials said. It is also planned to add green and black elements to the design of information boards at stops to inform passengers that they will not need to pay.

According to the MTA, 37% of bus riders evade fares and drive like crazy. Now this can be done legally, at least on several routes.

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