Last week I wrote a couple of entries (1 & 2) discussing the Select Bus Service that debuted on the Bx12. While some had a knee jerk reaction to the service, others have raved about its initial success. 5 days ago the associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Veronica Vanterpool shared her first hand experience of the new service which shaved a nice chunk of time off her commute. Here is a small sample of her entry:
Yesterday morning, I rode to our Manhattan office aboard the newly launched Bx12 Select Bus Service. As a Bronx resident, I was eager to see how the three-day-old system was working and how bus riders were responding to the change. I boarded at the Bay Plaza Shopping Mall in Co-op City and got off at the last stop, 207th and Broadway.
As to be expected with any change in service, many riders were initially confused by the ticket machines. However, once instructed to insert their Metrocards–by either the helpful bus driver or the customer representatives dispatched to each of the bus shelters along the route–their apprehension eased away as a proof-of-payment ticket came out about a second later.
To read her entire entry, click here.
Veronica is spot on with her analysis of the time savings increasing in the future when familiarity kicks in & most importantly with a vigilant enforcement of bus lanes. I seriously hope that the enforcement of these bus lanes is not a short lived public display of getting the job done p.r. style. If it is, look for select bus service to crash into a wall head first at 100mph!
xoxo Transit Blogger