Midtown express buses are back
For Bay Ridge commuters like Jean Ryan and Jen Halbert, the pastyear was a frustrating exercise in patience.
That is because, when the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)enacted its June 2010 service reductions, the wheelchair-boundfriends were no longer able to get into Manhattan from their homesin Bay Ridge with any sort of regularity or reliability.
In response, the women, who met while riding the same expressbus into Manhattan, joined other plaintiffs to sue the MTA,alleging that the service reductions amounted to age and disabilitydiscrimination and violated New York State and city Human RightsLaw. State Senator Marty Golden spearheaded the lawsuit.
But as of Tuesday, July 5, much of that frustration has come toan end. In a July 1 press conference at the X28 stop at 86th Streetand Seventh Avenue, the women and Golden announced the withdrawalof their lawsuit. The decision comes as the MTA announced that,effective July 5, weekday X37 and X38 service into and out ofmidtown Manhattan will be restored.