Despite a rapidly growing population and future development centered around Hudson Yards, the MTA currently sends no buses down 11th Ave. and only the M50 up parts of 12th. That may change soon as DNA Info reports that the MTA is considering adding an M12 bus. The new route would journey from West 59th St. to Spring St. via 11th and 12th Avenues, the West Side Highway and Washington and Greenwich Sts. Sounds good, right? There’s a catch.
According to DNA Info’s report, the bus wouldn’t arrive to service these neighborhoods until the fourth quarter of 2013. That could mean early October or that could mean December, but no matter when, it’s still a really long time. To which I ask, what’s the hold up? Putting in a new bus route involves allocating some street space, installing a blue pole or two and rearranging operating schedules. With only two buses an hour scheduled for the route, rolling stock demands are minimal, and the area — due to receive the 7 line extension within the next year — needs the transit service.
This isn’t, of course, a problem unique to bus service. NYC DOT is holding yet another workshop on pedestrian safety for 4th Ave. in Brooklyn. These workshops have been endless with few improvements realized on the ground. Don’t even get me started again on how long it takes a Select Bus Service route to go from idea to reality. At some point, we have to realize that planning in New York is stuck. Whether its still fears over the second coming of Robert Moses or the weight we put on losing a few parking spaces, waiting 10 months for a new bus route obviously in demand — let alone years for SBS — is absurd. Fixing this process would be a huge boon to the city’s transportation landscape.