City looks to extend contract of two private bus companies

In two months, two bus lines that transport Bronx residents into Manhattan will need a new contract. New York Bus Service and Liberty Lines will both see their contracts expiring on December 31. The two private lines are extremely important to Bronx residents because the MTA does not reach all parts of the borough.

In order to avoid a strike in December, the City Council has introduced a resolution extending the private contracts, and buying six more months to strike a deal. If the resolution is passed, it will buy the city and state some time to decide if the MTA will take over the routes or if they'll continue to use private bus companies.

New York Bus Service officials say they'd like to see the MTA take over the routes. In the meantime, Liberty Lines says it has had no negotiations with the MTA or the city.

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