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A golden bus champion!

Members of Riders Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving bus and subway service for riders across New York City, gathered recently outside State Senator Marty Golden’s office, 7404 Fifth Avenue, to present him with the Bus Champion award, a trophy that recognizes Golden’s work in improving bus service through legislation.

“It’s clear to us that bus riders need a powerful champion and people who will stand up for them,” said Deputy Director of RA Nick Sifuentes during the Tuesday, August 11 conference. “We are here to recognize such a champion in State Senator Marty Golden.”

Among Golden’s efforts on behalf of bus riders is recently sponsored legislation to expand the city’s Select Bus Service (SBS) system. “This will speed up time for over two million New Yorkers rely on bus service every day,” Sifuentes added, also citing the senator’s efforts to get “more bus service [following] Superstorm Sandy to make sure his constituents had a lifeline to the city.”

According to Sifuentes, bus lanes are a crucial part of SBS. “It’s the city’s rapid bus model, now in operation along eight routes citywide,” he said. “A lane that keeps buses separated from other vehicle traffic will allow everyone on our streets to travel more efficiently.”

“Our legislation will help to ensure that bus lanes are clear. Unauthorized vehicles will not be allowed to use them and it will increase ridership by improving the traveling times to and from places of employment,” said Golden.

Golden expressed his gratitude after being presented with a trophy and certificate. “I’m honored to receive it because of who they are,” he said. “They’re a grassroots movement that understands the need for transportation in our city and I fight for all forms of transportation.”

Though he was happy to receive the award, Golden vowed to continue to improve mass transit. “We must continue to find innovative ways to improve the commute throughout this great city,” he said.

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