Drivers fear new MTA bus technology will screw up traffic

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A pilot project that uses technology to sync up MTA buses with traffic lights — turning signals green faster as the buses approach — is about to expand, much to the chagrin of other drivers.

The program has been operating along five bus routes since 2006, and the vehicles’ times have improved so much that the city is now planning to install the technology at 1,000 intersections citywide by 2020, officials said Monday.

But drivers’ advocates say the move will just make traffic even more congested than it already is.

“We know mass transit in this city is a disaster and something needs to be done, but if you do it at the expense of other vehicles, you’re serving nobody,’’ said New York Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai.

Uber driver Oscar Martinez agreed.

“When the light changes so quickly, everybody gets stuck,’’ he said.

The lights timed to buses are currently located along Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, First and Second avenues in Manhattan, Nostrand and Utica avenues in Brooklyn, and Webster Avenue in The Bronx.



Bus accident kills 10 in Indonesia, traveling from Bali to Java

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At least 10 people, including a foreigner and a child, died when a bus hit the back of truck early Friday as it traveled from the resort island of Bali, police said.

The bus, carrying 34 people, was heading to the town of Malang in East Java in the early morning when it hit the back of a fertilizer truck, killing several of the sleeping passengers.

“Ten people died on impact and nine others were injured,” local police chief Arman Asmara Syarifuddin told AFP.

Among the victims were a 29-year-old Austrian man whose name has not yet been released and a 12-year-old Indonesian girl.

A German tourist was also injured in the accident and has been released from hospital after receiving treatment, Syarifuddin said.

Police have detained and questioned the drivers of the truck and the bus to determine the cause of the accident.

Transport accidents are common in Indonesia, where buses and trains are often old and badly maintained.

At least 11 people were killed and 50 others were injured in April when a bus rammed into several other vehicles in West Java province after a suspected brake failure.