I think since the MTA can’t do anything about making the buses move faster through traffic, they’re trying to make the commute a bit more bearable. How you might ask? With Wi-Fi and USB ports.
That’s right. The MTA is rolling out their newest hardware to the Bronx and Queens. Having been on one of them today, I was able to charge my dying iPhone so I would have enough battery to listen to music on my way home. The buses ride very smooth and sound quiet on the inside. I didn’t get a chance to try out the Wi-Fi, but I heard other people on the bus say that it worked out for them. The bus sports a new scheme that is a major change from the bland blue stripe.
I think that while these upgrades to the bus fleet are long overdue, they shouldn’t get the idea that this means they don’t have to work towards improving bus service. Apparently, people seem to be ditching the buses in favor of the subway according to the MTA. Now that should be a cause for concern. Less people on the buses and more people on the subway means more delays on the subways. I bet you if they fix the bus service that can take people out of their cars and onto the buses. But this is NYC we’re talking about. Traffic is unfortunately inevitable, and the only way around it here is to catch the subway. Hopefully when I begin working there in the future, I’ll be able to try my hand at fixing it.