Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick (D-Mid Island) and United States Senator Charles Schumer stand at the foot of the Bayonne Bridge to announce legislation that would allow a plan providing direct bus service from Staten Island to New Jersey to move forward. Bus lines could then connect with the Hudson-Bergen light rail station in Bayonne, providing a quicker commute into Manhattan for Island residents.
The legislation, introduced by Cusick, would amend a provision in state law which currently does not allow New York City Transit - which operates MTA bus service - to enter into a joint service agreement with another state.
Said Cusick: We owe it to Staten Islanders to find as many ways as possible to provide a quicker ride to and from work. This legislation is good news for commuters; in fact, its a boon for all Island residents. More people using mass transit means less cars driving on Staten Islands congested roads. Im glad it appears weve been able to find a way to sidestep a lengthy legal battle and do something that benefits all of Staten Island.