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Bus Ridership Down Because Subways Are Great, MTA Official Says

(DNAINFO)  Nicholas Rizzi | March 31, 2017 — Subway service in the city has gotten so good it drove down bus ridership, an MTAofficial said.

Michal Chubak, the chief financial officer of the agency, said at a City Council budget hearing Tuesday that the years-long decline in bus riders is partly to blame on improvements to subways around the city.

“The subway has improved over the last 20 or so years and so it provides an alternative for bus riders,” said Chubak at the hearing. “On bus routes that parallel subway lines, ridership is declining more.”

However, subway service has been plagued by delays in recent years and was rated by the MTA’s own board as between “poor” and “fuhgeddaboutit” in January.

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