City begins hearings on MTA takeover of Private Bus Line service

Hearings on the takeover of the Private Bus Line by the MTA got underway Wednesday.

It's been six months since the city announced the takeover, which has already been delayed twice. In the first of three public hearings, members of the City Council's Committee on Transportation grilled the mayor's budget director on what the hold up was.

One of the main arguments is that the longer the transfer takes, the worse the service on the old lines continues to get. An additional concern is that once the MTA takes over the fares may increase from $4 to $6, which is unacceptable to Councilman Oliver Koppell.

Throughout the hearing, the mayor's budget director tried to reassure council members that progress is being made on the transfer. The director says the city has encountered issues that need to be resolved. He says he hopes to have part of the takeover done before the December 4 deadline.

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