Manhattan's notoriously slow crosstown buses �" like the M34, M42 and M50 �" move at such a snail's pace that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should stop collecting fares on them so that the buses can load riders and take off more quickly, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposed on Monday afternoon as part of what his re-election campaign called a bold plan for reforming mass transit.
"Plain and simple: the M.T.A. needs to do more. Much more," the mayor said at a campaign event at West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. "Our mass transit system is far behind."