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Subway on-time performance improves as bus ridership plummets
For the first time since 2013, weekday on-time performance—the percentage of trains arriving within five minutes of their scheduled time—topped 80 percent. The 80.3 percent on-time rate for 2019 is a major departure from the year’s prior average of 67.1 percent.
But above ground, the bus system continues to struggle with plummeting ridership. The MTA racked up 546 million MetroCard swipes on its local and select bus routes in 2019—a 25 percent decrease from 2008 when the bus network provided a staggering 734 million rides. Bus officials point to congestion, competition from app-based for-hire vehicles, and the rise of cycling as its down fall.
And in other news...
- New York’s nickname “The Big Apple” turned 100 years old this month, according to one historian.
- Automated camera along the 14th Street busway will begin issuing fines on Tuesday.
- Market values of existing New York homes, apartment buildings, and commercial spaces rose to their slowest pace in six years.
- Those looking to convert the former Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company building beside the polluted Gowanus Canal into an art center say they’ve spent $20 million cleaning the toxic site, and in a new lawsuit claim that the MTA, which contaminated the land, haven’t contributed a cent.
- There’s been a lot of buzz over a two-story-high, 700-foot-long wall Hudson Yards’ developers floated as a possible solution to technical challenges on the megaproject’s western yard. Days after the news broke, Hudson Yards says it isn’t pursuing the wall in question. Elected officials cheered the news as a victory, but it’s worth noting that the lambasted proposal was merely an idea for a project that is in the early design phase.
- Is Brooklyn’s real estate boom over?
- The board that will recommend congestion pricing tolls to enter Midtown must deliberate in public, the state Committee on Open Government has ruled.
- President Donald Trump blasted the idea of an Army Corps of Engineers seawall to protect New York from storm surge and sea level rise.
- Scooter-sharing service Revel is racking up injury lawsuits.
- The MTA is finally connecting two Brownsville stations that are less than 1,000 feet apart. For decades straphangers have had to endure a lengthy transfer and a double-charge for a subway switch at the stations.
- Preservationists want the Frick to buy Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion.