It's not just subway commuters who are grumbling about miserable service; many bus riders are, too, and they're sharing their tales of woe in a new way. NY1 Transit Reporter Jose Martinez has more on that story.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, as the beloved children's song says.
But in the city, those wheels often turn mighty slow.
"Buses are in a serious decline," Stephanie Burgos-Veras of the Riders Alliance advocacy group said at a press conference. "They're costing New Yorkers time, they're costing New Yorkers money, and they're costing New Yorkers frustration."
Leading to the release of "The Woes on the Bus," a collection of short stories about very long waits for buses and painfully long rides.
The Riders Alliance compiled the collection to document the toll that shabby bus service is taking on everyday life.
"There's been times where this bus actually makes me late for my medical appointments, which I have to maintain every week," Bronx bus rider Ramona Ferreyra said at the press conference. "And missing one of those is actually horrible, because I have to wait about a week to see a primary care doctor."
Ferreyra was among the thousand New Yorkers who submitted stories to the Riders Alliance.
48 were selected, and they are true tales of woe about lost jobs, missed doctor appointments, troubles at school — all because of late and delayed buses.
"I've had students show up late for class, even show up late for exams, because of unreliable bus service, and subway service, of course," said Brooklyn bus rider Suman Ganguli.
The story headlines say it all:
"I was late to a job interview."
"I've gotten to my final warning, about to get fired."
"I've made a bad impression on my professors."
"It means I'm 30 minutes late to work."
"I'm tired of wasting money on cabs."
But if this were a competition, a rider identified as Faith from Brooklyn would win hands down:
"The bus is never on time, and I feel like it gets rerouted a lot," she wrote. "Once, I missed an audition to do background vocals for John Legend."
Two years ago, the Riders Alliance released "Subway Horror Stories" about poor train service. "The Woes on the Bus" seeks to push the city and the MTA to fast-track measures that can improve bus speeds, such as bus-only lanes.
The MTA says it's working on several initiatives to boost service, but concedes that worsening traffic, especially in Manhattan, might undermine the effort.
In which case, "The Woes on the Bus Part Two" would make a perfect sequel.