Usually when a local leader cries out to the MTA for something whether it be much needed repairs or extra service, they are left waiting for a long time before any sort of resolution is reached. However in the North Bronx, the time period for a solution was faster than they could have ever expected. Megan James of The Riverdale Press has the story:
Sometimes you get what you wished for.
A month after Community Board 8 traffic and transportation chairman Anthony Cassino wrote a letter urging MTA New York City Transit to do something about the chronic congestion of buses and trains at and around West 231st Street, the agency wrote back with a solution.
Starting this month, in an effort to stem the overcrowding of buses on the Bx7 route during rush hours, an additional four northbound and three southbound trips will be added to the route. MTA has also put in a request with the city Department of Transportation to lengthen the bus stop at the northwest corner of West 231st Street, stretching west down Broadway, by 100 feet.
“Lengthening the bus stop area is necessary because the buses get backed up — the 20, the 10, the 7, the 1 — you can’t even sit down,” Mr. Cassino said.
MTA also offered a solution to improve the flow of No. 1 subway trains in and out of the Van Cortlandt Park/ 242nd Street subway stop. The trouble there, MTA believes, is that some trains are turned around and taken to a “lay-up” yard at West 240th Street, where they are cleaned and stored for the night. They are then taken back up to the 242nd Street stop to go into service again.
With arriving and lay-up trains at times occupying both the northbound and southbound tracks, trains headed for the West 242nd Street stop are forced to wait outside the terminal until one track clears, the MTA explained in its letter to Mr. Cassino.
To clear up the tracks, the MTA in late July placed seven additional lay-up trains during the morning rush hour, and three additional lay-up trains during the evening rush hour, into passenger service at the West 238th Street stop.
Mr. Cassino was thrilled by the MTA’s swift response.
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Now only if all solutions could be that easy & come that quickly…..
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