Advocates: City bus rides as long as a trip to Philly
Why go to Inwood when you could visit the Liberty Bell in the time it takes to ride the M4 uptown?
It takes at least an hour and a half to ride the full length of the M4 and 24 other city buses, enough time for a jaunt to Philadelphia, according to a survey released Thursday by the Straphangers Campaign.
“That’s darn slow. Riders must burn through a lot of books,” said Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign, which gave the M4 the Trekkie Award.
In its annual awards for sluggish service, the Pokey Award went to the M42, which clocked in at 3.7 miles per hour. That’s about walking speed, and slower than the pace of a motorized tricycle, Russianoff said.
In other findings:
- The M42, M27, M23, M66 and M50 had the slowest speeds of those surveyed
- The B44, Bx41, M15 and B41 lines were plagued with most unreliable service
- The B8, Bx36, M4, Q32 and S74 took the longest to ride the entire route
NYC Transit said it hopes to soon increase bus speeds by implementing a quicker payment system and provide dedicated bus lanes, which are top priorities for new MTA chief Jay Walder. Making those changes on one crosstown Bronx bus line resulted in 20 percent faster travel times, transit said.
“An overwhelming majority of customers have indicated that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the service,” transit said in a statement.