A little less than a month after the Taxi and Limousine Commission revealed its plan to replace lost bus routes with dollar vans, the agency has unveiled five routes in Brooklyn and Queens that will serve as pilots for a potential citywide program. The TLC announced on Friday that they will soon be accepting solicitations for bids for passenger van service that covers routes once served by the B23, B71 and B39 in Brooklyn and the Q74 and Q79 in Queens. Specific drop-off and pick-up locations will be determined before the service is put in place on or around August 16.
Per the press release, the TLC plans for these rides to have a flat fare of $2 with clear DOT signage — perhaps old bus shelter? — demarcating route stops. The vans will carry between six and 20 passengers and will be licensed by the TLC with insurance requirements akin to current regulations for van and livery service providers.
“The TLC’s action today paves the road for a new form of service that we believe will be of great benefit to people affected by the MTA’s service reductions,” David Yassky, TLC commission, said. “One of the great advantages of having a comprehensive transportation network as we do in New York City is that it sometimes has the flexibility to serve people in new and better ways that never before existed, and this van program is a perfect example of this.”