New York, New York — The city of New York will expand its bus service for the second time in over a century to provide more access to its public transit system.
The city has been running a limited bus fleet since 2011, but its first year of operation was disrupted by Hurricane Sandy.
In 2014, the city extended its service to three miles, but only with buses that could carry 1,500 passengers.
This year, New Yorkers will be able to take public transit for the same number of miles but with a slightly reduced capacity, at a lower cost.
The service will be limited to New York’s most populated areas.
The expansion will be made possible through an agreement between the New York State Transit Authority and the city’s transit authority, the New Yorkers Union.
The agreement also calls for the creation of a new “bus rapid transit” pilot program.
“The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thrilled to partner with the New Yorker Transit Association to expand our bus service to New Yorkers from our region,” said Michael Osterholm, the MTA’s acting president.
“The New Yorkers Transit Association is working hard to make our region a world class transit center and the MTA is proud to be part of this project.”
“This expansion will help to relieve overcrowding and improve the safety of our city’s transportation system,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“This pilot program will provide a safe and affordable transit option for our residents, tourists and residents of all ages.”
The program will be funded through the new New York Redevelopment Authority, the state’s largest transportation agency, which received about $8 billion in federal stimulus funds to build transit projects in New York.
The New York Transit Authority will provide the bus service and will also provide transportation support services.
The bus service will operate on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as at the city and county government’s transit agencies, including the MTA.
The city will begin expanding service on Friday, November 15.
The expansion is expected to be complete by April 2019.
This story has been updated to include a statement from the New Manhattan Partnership.