Bronx, NY – Standing near the all-too-often overcrowded bus stop on West 231st Street and Broadway, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) and State Senator Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) called on the MTA to resolve the severe shortage of buses on the Bx7 and Bx10 lines, particularly during the morning and evening rush hours. Massive crowds regularly form at the 231st Street stop and others along the Bx7 and Bx10 lines between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. as commuters wait to board a bus that will take them back home to their families. Oftentimes, commuters are left waiting as multiple buses pass by that are too crowded to take additional passengers.
“The severe overcrowding of the Bx7 and Bx10 bus lines and intolerably long waits are completely unacceptable,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz. “These buses are integral parts of this community’s transportation infrastructure, carrying commuters to and from work each day, yet they consistently fail to provide adequate service for the communities of Kingsbridge, Norwood, Riverdale, and Van Cortlandt Village. I urge the MTA to allocate funding for additional Bx7 and Bx10 buses so that commuters are not forced to wait for lengthy periods of time to board a crowded bus.”
Senator Klein said, "Day after day I hear from local residents that the BX 7 and BX 10 buses don't come on time, don't come frequently enough and don't have the capacity to serve the people who need it. Put simply, BX 7 and BX 10 bus service does not properly serve our community. That's why Assemblyman Dinowitz and I are standing with the daily commuters and Riverdale residents who depend on this vital service each and every day and are calling on the MTA to institute more buses, more often."
“I support Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Senator Jeff Klein’s request to MTA for improved bus service on the Bx7 and Bx10 lines at West 231st Street. Recently I allocated capital funds to the Department of Transportation for the installation of a bus countdown clock at this location. I firmly believe these improvements will relieve anxiety for the hundreds of commuters that utilize this bus stop as they will receive the benefits of a more reliable service,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen.
The Bx7 and Bx10 bus lines have consistently failed to meet the needs of the communities they serve. In response to regular complaints from constituents about this issue, Assemblyman Dinowitz and Senator Klein have sent letters to the MTA for years about increasing service to these bus lines, but have received no satisfactory response from the agency. The Bx7 and Bx10 buses connect with the 1 subway line at West 231st Street, which transports commuters between Kingsbridge and the west side of Manhattan.