Mayor Finally Takes His Busway Victory Lap, Highlighting Need for More Car-Free Transit Routes - Str


Gridlock Sam to Mayor de Blasio: Your busway really is working.

Bus ridership along 14th Street is way up, bus speeds are way up, use of bicycles in the area is way up and car drivers are being inconvenienced in virtually no appreciable way as a result of auto restrictions along the crosstown street between Third and Ninth avenues, City Hall said on Wednesday, trumpeting the first official analysis of the transit-priority project by Sam Schwartz Engineering.

And all the positives have been achieved “with minimal effect on area traffic,” City Hall added in a statement.“We are getting New Yorkers moving and saving them time for the things that matter,” Hizzoner said in a statement. “The early results show that this pilot is speeding up buses while allowing for the car drop-offs and deliveries the neighborhood requires. Under our Better Buses plan, we are making changes citywide to fight congestion and to give people faster and more reliable transit.”

The Sam Schwartz Engineering report, which will be presented in full to Manhattan Community Board 4 on Wednesday night, covers not only the busway, which launched on Oct. 3, but also the debut of Select Bus Service on 14th Street, which began in July. City Hall highlighted these statistics:

  • Bus travel times improved by 22 to 47 percent.

  • Time savings for bus riders are much as 9.7 minutes end-to-end in the eastbound direction.

  • Ridership on the M14 A/D by 24 percent during the week and 30 percent on weekends. (This had previously been reported by Streetsblog.)

  • Citi Bike claims a 17-percent increase in weekday usage on 14th Street and surrounding streets during the morning rush.

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