Big Business Group in NYC Says Put Transit Where Jobs Are: Outer Boroughs

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A big business group is putting its significant clout behind an effort to bring more bus rapid transit to New York's outer boroughs.  Compared to 10 years ago, 24 percent more people who work in Brooklyn also live there, according to analysis by the Partnership for New York City.  And they need transit. 

More New Yorkers are living in the outer boroughs and also working in them compared to a decade ago. According to an analysis of Census data, New York City is growing job centers outside the traditional center of the city.

The average public transit commute takes 48 minutes in New York, but it is often longer for workers who have to travel between boroughs but not Manhattan. 

Candace Clifford lives in Hollis, Queens and it takes her more than an hour taking two trains to get to work each day in Metro Tech, Brooklyn. "They are trying to renovate down here [in Metro Tech] and make it better for people working and living down here, but they also have to make it more reasonable for the commuters," she said "The whole thing with the bikes is cool but it still doesn't save a penny," she said. 

About 150,000 people commute between Brooklyn and Queens each day, and most of them drive because of poor public transit options, according to the analysis. 

The Partnership analyzed American Community Survey data by county to confirm the trend that urban planners have highlighted before. (See Center For an Urban Future and the Pratt Center). 

One solution each of them advocate for is more express buses -- something the MTA and most of the mayoral candidates also approve of, if there's money to pay for it.