14 Sep '12, 4pm

America’s 20th largest bus system is a semi-legal network of vans in NYC

America’s 20th largest bus system is a semi-legal network of vans in NYC

All vans seem kind of sketchy, don’t they? Flickr user Kyle McDonald In New York City’s outer boroughs, there’s an official bus system and a shadow bus system — a network of commuter vans, some legal, some less so, that run simple routes. And, as the Wall Street Journal reports , the shadow bus system dwarfs plenty of official, municipally run bus systems: [Columbia University urban planning professor David King] estimated that there are 300 legal vans and 400 to 500 illegal ones in the city. Mr. King estimates that 100,000 to 120,000 riders a day take the vans in Queens and Brooklyn, which would make it the 20th largest bus system in the country. These vans take on routes that the city’s MTA does not — they might go between the New York’s three main Chinatowns, for instance, or straight down the whole length of a major Brooklyn avenue. They also cost marginally less than ...

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