MTA's takeover of private bus lines means higher fares for BX commuters

Bronx residents in Riverdale, Co-op City, City Island, Morris Park, Parkchester and other parts of the North Bronx will soon have to pay more on local routes. That's because the MTA will assume control of seven private bus lines that carry riders in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Mayor Bloomberg called the takeover a major victory for New Yorkers. He says it will make for a higher quality ride and more efficient service. Residents including those in Throgs Neck who rely on express bus service will not be hit with an increase. That fare will remain at $4.

There will be 450 economy friendly buses added and the MTA will assume all union employees. The city will continue to pay a $150 million a year operating cost to keep the lines running.

The MTA will take over the bus lines on July 1.

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