Lawmakers demand answers about takeover of private buses in BX and city

While Bronx and city lawmakers are demanding answers about the MTA's takeover of private buses, the mayor and MTA announced Monday plans to buy new buses.

The mayor says the MTA will use $80 million of its own money to buy 125 new buses and repair existing ones. But that has some wondering what happened to the $156 million of federal funds already allotted for more than 400 new buses. The Bronx borough president says he doesn't understand the MTA's decision.

Meanwhile, riders are concerned about what is going to happen to certain services such as express buses when the MTA takes over. They are also concerned about fare hikes.

The MTA is set to take over private buses, which include Liberty Lines and New York Bus Service, by December 4.

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