Are Broadway Busses Running Faster?
December 19th, 2008
The famously frustrating bus bulbs of Broadway get a review in this week’sDowntown Express, which includes a somewhat disorienting revelation that the D.O.T. didn’t start the project with any data on bus speeds on Broadway:
“But [Lower Manhattan borough commissioner for the city Department of Transportation] Sanchez does not know if that’s an improvement in bus speed since the D.O.T. did not collect data before the bulbs were installed. It’s possible the bulbs have slowed down cars, rather than speeded up buses.”
Someone should have talked to Straphangers, which has been gathering data on bus speeds since they started awarding their Pokey Awards to the very slowest of the lot. Broadway’s own M1, which NYPIRG reports was “significantly off schedule” 24% of the time, was a runner up for the Schleppie. That represents something of an improvement over 2006, pre-barricade, when the M1 won the Schleppie by bunching up, leaving riders waiting and departing way off schedule 28% of the time.
Now. Go make a donation to our annual appeal while I call NYPIRG to find out just how fast the ems one and six were travelling in 2006. Deal?
Maybe one day we’ll be able to see, at a glance, when the next bus is really going to arrive.By Amanda Hickman on December 19, 2008, 11:51 am
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