Though our faith wavered during the three-quarters of an hour we spent waiting for a packed-to-the-gills bus recently, OffBeat remains confident that things are improving at the MTA. The board voted last month to buy 2,095 new buses by 2004, almost satisfying their harshest critics over at the Bus Riders Union. And Proposition A should produce a little accountability. But what we’re really excited about is their announcement that they’re employing more androids. A recent press release boasts that "gyrating automatons," will be painting more than twice as many buses in 1999 as they did in ’96. "The combination of new buses, better overall service and re-painted buses will instill a sense of pride in passengers and bus operators alike," vaunts the release.