Bay Ridge Politicians Call For Increased S79 Bus Service

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BAY RIDGE – Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is urging the MTA to increase service across the Verrazano Bridge, citing long wait lines and insufficient busses.

Along with State Senator Marty Golden and politicians from both Bay Ridge and Staten Island, Assemblymember Malliotakis sent a letter to Philip Eng, Acting President of MTA NYC Transit, asking him to increase service on the S79.

The bus runs between Bay Ridge and the Staten Island Mall, and according to letter, “is so full after making its stop on 86th Street during evening rush, it completely bypasses additional commuters waiting at the next stop—92nd Street—which is the last stop on the

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Brooklyn side before crossing the bridge.”

In order to “incentivize more citizens to trust the transit system” and cut down on traffic on the crowded bridge, the letter calls for more buses to be put into service during rush hours.

The S79 SBS service began in September 2012, speeding up service by 20%, according to the MTA.

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