A proposal by Councilman Barry Grodenchik and Assembly members Nily Rozic and David Weprin to restore the Q75 bus line is easier said than done.
It costs the MTA over $160 per hour to operate any bus. The route was discontinued due to a poor fare box recovery rate, which was far below the 50 percent industry standard.
The MTA has no spare buses to restore the service, and it would require several years to acquire new buses for fleet expansion. Who will provide the millions in capital and operating assistance to pay for this?
Perhaps Grodenchik, Rozic and Weprin can deliver a multimillion-dollar member item in the next city and state budgets to pay for restoration of the Q75. Unlike most member item budget requests, this one would be kosher instead of pork.
In the end, quality and frequency of service is dependent upon secure revenue
streams. We all have to contribute, be it at the fare box or tax revenues generated by different levels of government.
There ain't no such thing as a free lunch, or in this case a free bus ride.