Soon something could be changing at bus stops around New York City – the schedule may be disappearing.
It’s out with the old and in with the smart phones for the Mass Transit Authority as they look to modernize bus stops all over NYC.
In July, the MTA began removing arrival schedules from all of its bus stops, replacing them with information such as recommending that riders either open the authority’s ‘My MTA’ app, text the MTA’s arrival number, call 511, or even check social media. Transit officials say by going paperless and not printing and reposting these schedules, it will save them $550,000 a year.
However, many are taking issue with the change, including 16 Queens politicians. They wrote a letter to the MTA, accusing the move of being discriminatory against commuters without access to technology – especially low-income residents and senior citizens who may not know how to use it.
“We are trying very desperately to reduce congestion in this city, and one of the ways we do that is by providing better mass transit service, not worse mass transit service,” said Councilman Barry Grodenchik, who represents the 23rd District. “So once again, the MTA has befuddled us out here in Eastern Queens and really, throughout all of New York City.”
The MTA says commuters can print out schedules at home, but the cost of that will come right out of their pockets.