Community Board 7 and State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal are vowing to fight the MTA’s proposed cuts to the M72 and M66.
As we first reported in July, those two bus lines along with the M10 (which travels on Central Park West) are slated for service cuts as part of an annual MTA process to realign bus frequency with ridership trends.
But Andrew Albert, the co-chair of the community board’s transportation committee and an MTA board member, said that ridership is only declining because the MTA has allowed service to deteriorate. Taking away service will only add to the problems. “This is a never-ending cycle of decline,” he said. The community board voted to formally oppose the cuts, which were set to go into effect this month. Rosenthal also said that the MTA had created a “self-perpetuating cycle of fewer riders,” and she said she’ll look to reverse the cuts.
Omar Vera, who attended the latest community board meeting to advocate for better bus service, said that the MTA should “install Select Bus Service on both routes, especially the M66.”
Select Bus Service, which has been implemented on the M79 and M86, speeds up bus service by having passengers buy tickets at kiosks before boarding, and by allowing buses to travel on dedicated lanes. Albert questioned whether the M66 in particular could become a Select Bus given that some of the streets where it travels are narrow.