But de Blasio called humbug on the transit chief’s suggestion that the city didn’t keep him in the loop. The mayor’s office accused Byford of suggesting a dedicated bus lane on the cross-streets at the last minute, which they argued would have deprived tourists and New Yorkers of needed walking space.
“We’ve discussed this plan with them numerous times over the last few weeks,” said the mayor’s spokesman Will Baskin-Gerwitz. “Unfortunately, the MTA’s proposal would have reduced pedestrian space—the exact opposite of our shared goal.”
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