MTA board member suggests mini-buses and off-peak fares

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One MTA board member, Charles Moerdler, suggested the MTA revamp the bus system for fewer passengers.

“We have to start looking at the possibility of smaller buses in areas
where there are not many people who need that service,” Moerdler said.
“And maybe a discounted fair for off peak hours, so as to encourage
people back to using the buses.”

While the average weekday ridership in 2011 on the subway rose 2.5 percent from 2010, bus ridership is on the decline. The average weekday local bus ridership in 2011 decreased by 4.3 percent and express bus ridership sank 2.2 percent.

New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast described the situation as “dire,” but was not enthusiastic about Moerdler’s ideas. He responded that the suggestions would be “looked at,” but said that the establishment of a fleet of smaller buses would be complicated.

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