Friday, November 4, 2011
The long lines for the M15 Select Bus service on First Avenue
The M15 Select Bus Service debuted back in October 2010. We haven't heard much about it since then.
However, in the last three to four months, EV Grieve reader Jenny notes that there are problems with the stop on First Avenue between Second Street and Third Street.
Per Jenny: "Nearly every morning one of the two machines is out of service and there are lines of 60-70 people at a time. You have to wait 15 minutes just to get through the line, and then sometimes the bus will wait another 10 minutes for others to get on the bus."
One way to bypass this: Jump on the bus, hop off at 14th Street to pay where there are more machines, and get back on the bus. For Jenny, this worked a few times — until the MTA police caught her without a receipt and fined her $100. She explained that the machines were down and showed them all her previous receipts. But, you know.
A solution: Add a third machine to this stop on First Avenue. Or at least send around crews more often to repair the machines.