While Subways Get the Spotlight, Bus Riders’ Frustration Grows as Numbers Dwindle

But the days of buses being the neglected element of the city’s transit network might be coming to an end. The Regional Plan Association has called for a dramatic expansion of bus service in its new Fourth Regional Plan. Meanwhile, subway repair work will shift massive numbers of New York commuters into the bus system: When the L train, which cuts through Northern Brooklyn, is shut for repairs in 2019, many of the 400,000 that regularly take the L train will have to rely on buses to make it to other train junctions if they live along the many stops where the L is the only available train station.

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