2004-01-23 / Front Page

MTA Out As Private Bus Plan Stalls

By Howard Schwach
MTA Out As Private Bus Plan Stalls By Howard Schwach

The takeover of the private bus lines that service Rockaway by the Metro politan Transportation Agency (MTA) is a dead issue, at least for now.

Last year at this time, the deal that would have allowed the MTA to take over the struggling private lines, in cluding Green Bus, Triboro Bus and Jamaica Bus, was full speed ahead.

The mayor was pushing to the deal in order to save the city the yearly $150 million paid in subsidies.

The budget listed the $150 million in savings in a table of "risks," meaning that it is no longer on the front burner.

The major reason for the downgrade of the plan, according to city sources, is the demand on the part of the MTA that it receive the subsidies should it take over the 82 private bus routes.

Officers of the bus lines continue to argue that they cannot run the local routes without an increase in city subsidies. They threatened to close down service on New Year’s Day, something they did not do because the negotiations were ongoing.

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