2003-05-30 / Front Page

Meeting Today On Bus Takeover

By Howard Schwach
Meeting Today On Bus Takeover By Howard Schwach

A State Assembly committee will hold a public hearing today, Friday, May 30 at Queens Borough Hall to look into the proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) takeover of several private bus lines, including the Green Bus Line and the Jamaica Bus Line, both of which serve Rockaway.

The public hearing, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room 213, will investigate the impact of a city takeover of the bus lines to both the city and the line’s ridership.

According to Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who chairs the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, the MTA has yet to provide information about the prospective management of the lines once they are taken over by the agency.

"There are questions about the level of service to riders and whether the city will continue to fund the service," said one member of the committee. "There is not a lot of information coming from the city on this issue."

The lines are now subsidized by the city to the tune of a hundred million dollars each year.

Ten years ago, the city council voted to seek new franchisees for the lines, but that body extended the deadline each year, allowing the owners of the lines to keep operating to keep getting ever-increasing subsidies.

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