Some BX express bus riders say service was better before MTA takeover

Some Bronx express bus riders say the buses ran better before the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) took over the city?s private bus lines. Some of those riders protested at City Hall Thursday.

The first stage of the takeover was the Liberty Lines Express bus service, which runs through the Northwest Bronx to lower Manhattan. Some commuters predicted there would be problems after the MTA takeover. Local politicians and Bronx commuters are upset over the 25 percent fare hike.

Some commuters say there are now limited discounts for senior citizens. Other say students are forced to carry around rolls of quarters because the buses no longer accept dollar bills. Bronx commuters add that many of the buses are filthy and often times late.

The mayor?s office says it wants efficient service for Bronx riders. Mayor officials add that they will work with the MTA to make sure service improves.

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