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 on December 19, 2008, 11:51 am
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2 Responses to “Are Broadway Busses Running Faster?”

  1. EM Prentiss Says:
    December 21st, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Bad enough that people with disabilities are forced to use buses/Access-A-Ride due to the inaccessibility NYC’s subway system with only 67 of 468 subway stations are accessible (not all lines at some stations). Downtown only accessible stations are Canal, B’klyn Bridge & Bowling Green (all on the Lex). If a wheelchair user is on a A/C/B/D/E/1/2/3 they must transfer to the Lex via the 42nd St Shuttle (the qaps at Time Sq were suppose to made eliminated in 2008 but weren’t). So WC/scooter users going downtown are doomed to buses!

    Then NYC DOT had to put its own eccentric spin on “bus bulbs” & instead made bus islands (long, narrow islands with a single entry/exit point at the tip) which are too narrow for WC/scooters to board a deployed from most bus lifts & ramps unless the bus stops far enough out in the street so that the bulk of the lift/eam is not on the bus island. The bus islands are too frequently blocked by tour buses idling polluting the air for up to 20-30 minutes, taxi cabs, delivery trucks and parked cars! Recently, I saw a peddler, hot dog cart, roasted nut vendor & water seller all doing business on a Broadway bus island.

    As a result, NYCT buses are forced to load or unload passengers on the street which increases the slope of the front loading ramp to a dangerous gradient and blocks traffic even more.

    Isnt it interesting that the City is trying to remove sidewalkk vendors from around the WTC but doing nothing about Broadway?

  2. Streetsblog » Today’s Headlines Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 9:07 am

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