Congestion Pricing Would Cut Weekly Express Bus Commute Times By Hours: Report | Streetsblog NYC

Money is time.

The proposed congestion pricing plan to create $1.5 billion in new funding for the MTA would also have the side benefit of saving express bus commuters up to two hours per week on their horrendously long commutes, a new report by the Riders Alliance reveals.

All commutes on MTA express buses would shorten dramatically, with the single best time savings along the X63 bus from Rosedale in Queens to Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan.

The Riders Alliance did the math by using Charles Komanoff’s seminal Balanced Transportation Analyzer to calculate the expected reductions in bus travel times based on the declining number of cars expected to enter Manhattan below 60th Street if a congestion pricing fee were to be implemented. Komanoff’s model takes into account the reduction in congestion both within the congestion zone and on streets in the outer boroughs that would also be carrying less traffic.

Traffic speeds are expected to increase by 20 percent inside the zone and by 7 percent outside of it.

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