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MTA Rolling Out Service Improvements, Bus Lines Restored

Some bus lines have been extended or restored, while an independent survey found that MTA subway announcements are clearer than in the past.

The MTA has made good on their promise from earlier this year, and has begun rolling out $29 million in service improvements, including the restoration of some bus lines, according to the New York Daily News.

The B57 bus line will now be extended to Red Hook, while in Manhattan the M1 line was restored between 106th Street to Eighth Street. Two routes that had previously been shut down on weekends were brought back, including the B2, between Midwood and Kings Plaza Mall, and the X27, between Bay Ridge and midtown Manhattan.

According to the paper, more good news for riders comes from a new survey from the Straphangers Campaign, which found that 59 percent of onboard subway announcements are clear and accurate – something that hasn’t happened since 1997.

“We found that transit officials are doing a better job keeping riders informed,” Jason Chin-Fatt, group’s field organizer, told the Daily News.

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota was quick to commend his agency’s work to the paper, saying: "Promises made, promises kept. That's the kind of relationship we want with our riders."

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