Transit group to release study to reverse bus ridership slump

By Philip Newman

Transit advocates, elected officials and passengers from throughout the city were scheduled to kick off a campaign Wednesday to reverse what they contend are falling numbers of bus riders and talk about possible solutions to the problem.

The NYC Bus Turnaround Campaign will release a report offering fixes to revamp the slow, unreliable and overcrowded service that has produced a 16 percent decline in bus ridership from 2002-2015 despite the city’s growing population and rising employment.

Officials attending a rally planned in Brooklyn include City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing); state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing); Veronica Vanterpool, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign and an MTA board member; John Raskin, executive director of Riders Alliance; and other officials.

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