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without any inconvenience to their riders,” Bloomberg said in signing the bill. “As I have said in the past, I believe that the MTA, which is charged with the responsibility of providing affordable mass transportation for the people of our metropolitan area, has the requisite economies of scale and transportation expertise to provide the highest quality of service for the riding public.
The transfer of these routes to the MTA brings us one step closer to achieving one unified and streamlined bus system.”
The four private bus companies provide service to more than 137,000 riders daily on 693 buses that run 51 routes between Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
The takeover of the four routes by the city was originally scheduled for July 31, but a variety of concerns, including pensions, the transfer of the bus depots and union representation slowed the agreement.