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Group Asks Port Auth to Update Bus Lane for NJ Commuters

Thursday, May 14, 2009

By the year 2017 New Jersey residents are supposed to get a brand new rail tunnel that will double the number of commuter trains coming into Manhattan each morning. But a new report out today sticks up for the humble bus rider. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The Tri-State Transportation Campaign finds that 315,000 people cross the Hudson River each day on a bus. That's twice the number that commute by New Jersey Transit trains. The group's report calls the 2.5 mile bus lane that feeds into the Lincoln Tunnel on the New Jersey side "the most efficient stretch of roadway in the country". But Tri-State's executive director, Kate Slevin, says that was built 38 years ago.

SLEVIN: These bus riders deserve better amenities and faster service. They haven't really been given a lot of attention.

REPORTER: Her group's calling on the Port Authority to work out a similar bus-only lane on the Manhattan side to speed up the evening commute. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

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