Where Are All the Red Buses?

July 31, 2017

 

To the Editor:

 

I am halfway through my twenty-eighth year as a Roosevelt Island resident. Like many others, I have long relied on the Red Bus to get me where I need to go. And it has been remarkably reliable. If you just missed one, there was always another just a few minutes away. But, something has happened in the last 18 months. Now, on a regular basis (more than 50 percent of the time), I find myself walking home from the F train station or the Tram without ever seeing a Red Bus in either direction.

 

I live in Manhattan Park. The subway is a 10-city-block walk, the Tram, a 13-block distance from my building’s entrance. I am what they call spry and walking is good exercise, except in the pouring rain. But I see the elderly and parents with young children stuck at bus stops on Main Street for more than ten minutes, for what reason?

 

I recently asked a bus driver who had come up with the new schedule. He immediately became indignant… “We make our own schedules,” he snarled. Perhaps an investigative article in The WIRE can get to the bottom of this counterproductive development.

 

John Philips

 

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