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MTA, elected officials release final plan for Bronx bus network redesign

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THE BRONX -

The MTA has finalized its plan to revamp bus lines, a big project that many have stated it’s long overdue, not only in the Bronx, but around New York City. 

The project has taken months to finalize as hundreds of people have voiced their concerns on the removal of bus stops.

However, the MTA says the plan will work for the borough.

The MTA, along with city officials and the Department of Transportation, gathered Tuesday to announce a final plan for the Bronx bus network. They say the borough's redesign project will improve service, provide more efficiency and reliable connections for thousands of riders.

Throughout these past months of public comment period, some residents have voiced concerns about bus routes getting cut off in their neighborhoods. This is because 400 bus routes will be removed. The average bus stop in the Bronx is over three city blocks. The design will take those bus stops to about 1,100 feet. They are keeping stops in neighborhoods with a big ridership, those with large retirement communities, schools and hospitals and stops that head to subway stations and connect to other bus routes.

Officials praised MTA President Andy Byford saying he has showed up for customers and listened to neighborhoods like Co-op City, calling this change a foundation for the future.

The plan is expected to be implemented next year, beginning in the summer.

Officials say work is not over and that they will continue to listen to riders’ feedback and make changes.

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