MTA buses are now cruising around newly arriving migrants — most of them from Texas — to various shelters and hotels across the five boroughs, The Post has learned.
Several groups of the border migrants were first dropped off by private buses at the Port Authority in Manhattan on Sunday before boarding city buses and heading to their new homes.
A source said city buses would normally make multiple stops across the city to drop off the migrants.
An MTA bus dropped all of its passengers at the HRA Men’s Shelter on Murray Hill in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon.
“At the request of the city, we are providing two buses per day,” MTA Representative Aaron Donovan said in a statement to The Post. “The destinations of the buses are determined by the city. The city has agreed to cover the full cost of the bus service.”
The cost of the arrangement was not immediately disclosed.
Several migrants could be seen on their smartphones after boarding city buses on Sunday, some waving and showing a reporter a thumbs-up.
Until now, migrants have usually been placed in taxis, with the help of intermediaries, to reach their homes.
An estimated 8,000 migrants — the vast majority from the Lone Star State — have arrived in the city in recent months.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has diverted them from his territory to New York to protest the Biden administration’s inability to shore up the southern border.
Texas has absorbed an unfair brunt of the influx, Abbott says.
New York’s “right to shelter” policy prohibits denying beds to people who need a place in a shelter or hotel.
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