NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer found express buses operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are often not on schedule, clocking in either early or late more than 30 percent of the time citywide.

The audit timed 12 express bus routes during the morning and afternoon rush hours from October through December 2013.

“Staten Island has it the worst,” Stringer said Thursday. “The X1 and the X17 lines are either too late or too early 36 percent of the time.”

Express buses in Brooklyn weren’t on time nearly 34 percent of the time, in Queens 32 percent and in the Bronx about 20 percent.

“We live in the greatest City in the world and we need a mass transit system that reflects that,” Stringer said. “New York City already has the longest workday in the country – our express buses should be a part of the solution, not the problem.”

LINK: Click Here To Read The Full Audit

The express bus fare is $6.50 one way, and Gene Russianoff, attorney for the transit riders group Straphangers Campaign, said riders are not getting their monies worth.

“Express bus riders are paying a premium fare, but they’re not getting reliable service,” Russianoff said.


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