The M5 is the longest bus route in Manhattan. It also happens to be the worst in terms of chronic schedule failures mainly due to midtown traffic. MTA NYC Transit hopes to combat the issue by splitting the route in two. Dan Rivoli of the New York Daily News has more:
The MTA wants to break the bottlenecks on the longest bus route in Manhattan, the Daily News has learned.
The 12-mile long M5 bus — running from the George Washington Bridge to the Staten Island Ferry — will be split into two routes at 37th Street so that the buses are no longer stuck on congested midtown streets.
“The M5 is plagued by chronic reliability issues,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.
The agency hasn’t determined when the route will be changed.
Manhattan’s traffic woes can cause M5 buses to get so far behind schedule, roughly 15% of trips are cut short.
More than 60% of riders use the bus line north of 37th Street. while nearly a quarter of them use the bus exclusively south of the street.
Meanwhile, the MTA will also extend the M1 bus to Worth Street, instead of ending it at 8th Street.
Click here for the complete report.
This sounds like it should really help the issues that plague this line which I have heard many complaints about. I am curious as to when the new changes will kick in as the sooner they are, the better!
xoxo Transit Blogger