Back in March, the MTA and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the agency would implement a new fleet of buses that come equipped with tech-friendly upgrades—Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, and USB charging ports—in an effort to bring the transit service into the 21st century. (And in an effort to make it impossible to use "but I was commuting!" as an excuse for why you didn't respond to someone's email, but we digress.)
At a press conference yesterday, those buses were officially unveiled, with a new color scheme (yellow and blue, as opposed to the current white and blue), a slightly tweaked design, and those technological innovations.
In a statement, Governor Cuomo said, "we are reimagining the MTA for the 21st century and creating a transit system that will meet the needs of the next generation of New Yorkers." And look how excited he looks about it!
The USB ports, as you can see in the photo above, are located above riders' heads, which could potentially lead to some … awkward encounters:
While riding these new buses with the USB chargers, make sure your cord is long enough pic.twitter.com/bvU3oW1WSH— Dan Rivoli (@danrivoli) May 17, 2016
But, for better or worse, these changes are coming: more than 2,000 will be rolled out over the next five years, with more than 40 percent of the current fleet expected to be replaced. For the first phase, 75 will be added to the MTA's current rotation in Queens, with seven of those hitting the streets as of yesterday. (And if you end up on one, we want to hear about it.)
- Governor Cuomo Announces 75 State-of-the-Art MTA Buses Hit the Streets in Queens [Governor Cuomo's Office]
- MTA Unveils New Tech-Friendly Buses With Wi-Fi, Charging Ports [Curbed]