Awarded for Slowest Buses in NYC
The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives awarded the first-ever "Pokeys" to the 25 slowest bus routes in New York City. The "winners" were chosen from the 202 local city bus routes operated by New York City Transit.
The city's slowest bus is the M96, averaging 4.3 mph at midday while traveling across 96th Street in Manhattan.
By contrast, the groups noted, a king penguin can swim at 5.3 mph and a chicken can travel at speeds up to 9 mph. The average person walks at 3 mph.
Transit officials have acknowledged that New York City's buses, averaging 7.5 mph, are the slowest buses in America. And speeds are worsening. The groups noted that average speeds declined 8% in Manhattan between 1996 and 2001 and 4% in the other four boroughs.
According to New York City Transit 2000 bus profiles, the slowest bus in each borough is:
Goodbye Pokey, Hello BRT
The report stresses that,
while traffic congestion is a key factor in slow speeds, other factors are
just as important. These include long waits for passengers to board, not
enough service leading to crowding on buses, traffic lights out of sync with
buses, vehicles blocking bus stops and poor scheduling.
T.A. and Straphangers urge city transportation officials to conduct pilot Bus Rapid Transit projects as soon as possible. The groups noted that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has expressed strong interest in BRT strategies. His campaign platform called for "subways on the surface" in such places as 1st and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. And, it has been reported that City Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall has been working with transit officials to explore BRT options.
Likely BRT candidates are
1st/2nd Avenue and Broadway/Church Street in Manhattan, Flatbush Avenue in
Brooklyn, Jamaica and Archer Avenues and Main Street in Queens, 3rd Avenue in
the Bronx and Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island.
"Let's face it," he said. "New Yorkers are--how do I say this politely?--New Yorkers are spoiled. We're the only system in North America that has regularly scheduled express service, and people are very reluctant to take locals, even when it makes sense."
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