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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 472-05
December 19, 2005

MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION EXTENDING OPERATING AUTHORITY FOR THREE PRIVATE BUS LINES

Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

"The last bill before me is Introductory Number 755, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Katz, Avella, and Weprin.  This legislation authorizes the Department of Transportation  to extend the date of the operating authority for three private bus franchises operating in the City to a date no later than February 28, 2006.  These private bus franchises include, Triboro, Green and Jamaica Bus Lines.

"These three private bus companies provide service to more than 130,000 riders every day on 557 buses traversing forty-three bus routes between Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

"As I have said in the past, I believe that the MTA, which is charged with the responsibility of providing affordable mass transportation for the people of our metropolitan area, has the requisite economies of scale and transportation expertise to provide the highest quality of service for the riding public.  The transfer of these routes to the MTA brings us one step closer to achieving one unified and streamlined bus system.

"Employees at two of the bus lines affected by this legislation are currently on strike and I urge them to return to work.  Their swift return, coupled with this legislation, will enable the City to continue service for the more than 130,000 passengers who rely on these bus companies for transportation to and from work, school, and their everyday destinations throughout the boroughs.

"I would like to thank DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall and her staff for their work on this bill.  I would also like to thank the City Council for shepherding this bill through the legislative process."







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