Showing posts with label M15. Show all posts
Showing posts with label M15. Show all posts

Monday, January 24, 2022

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Bus stop

From just before 3 p.m. ... EVG regular Lola Saénz shares these from First Avenue and 12th Street...

Apparently this passenger claimed that someone on the M15 stole her headphones, and she won't move until the police arrive to help sort it out...

Thursday, September 26, 2019

M15 Select Bus Service routes will soon carry surveillance camera to bust lane blockers

Don't stare at that GIF for too long!

Buses that service the East Village will be the first in the city to come equipped with surveillance cameras to keep drivers out of bus lanes.

Starting on Oct. 7, buses on the M15 SBS routes on First Avenue and Second Avenue will start using automated mobile camera systems "to capture real-time lane violations as part of citywide efforts to increase bus speeds and keep traffic moving on congested streets."

Details, per the MTA:

ABLE camera systems can capture evidence such as license plate information, photos and videos, as well location and timestamp information, of vehicles obstructing bus lanes to document clear cases of bus lane violation. The system collects multiple pieces of evidence to ensure that vehicles making permitted turns from bus lanes are not ticketed. This information will be transmitted to NYCDOT for review and processing, and the program will be administered in partnership with NYCDOT and the NYC Department of Finance.


Motorists who block bus lanes are first issued a warning with a 60-day grace period when no fines are assessed, beginning October 7. After the grace period ends, motorists who continue to block bus lanes will be subject to a fine of $50 for each violation, which also carries a $25 late fee.

The automated bus lane enforcement program is expected to expand to the B44 SBS and M14 SBS by the end of November. (The fine print: "The expansion to the M14 SBS is dependent upon the resolution of ongoing litigation.")

Friday, June 7, 2019

Report: Man attacks M15 with a knife on 2nd Avenue

[Montage via @Pix11]

A knife-wielding man attacked an M15 last around 8 on Second Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Street, according to witnesses and multiple published reports.

Here's WABC-TV with some narrative:

The seemingly emotionally disturbed man stopped traffic and climbed onto the MTA bus, then began stabbing the front of the bus with some kind of object.

Eventually he was stopped and taken down by the bus driver and some Good Samaritans until police arrived.

"I opened up the doors and told him listen, you've got to get off the bus or get off the bumper," said the driver, Louis Huertas. "Sure enough he pulls a knife out on me and starts coming after me. After he broke the windshield wiper somebody yelled, 'yo he put the knife away'. When I asked were they sure, they said yeah he put the knife in his front left pocket. That's when I went ahead and grabbed him and swung him and threw him on the floor."

And via Twitter...

Charges are pending against the bus assailant, per WABC.

You can find other reports at CBS 2 and PIX 11.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Feel the need for speed? Then think twice about taking the M101/102/103

A few bus lines that East Village residents may — or more likely, may not — depend on have been recognized. And not really in a good way.

The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives have handed out their annual awards highlighting poor bus service in NYC.

To the news release!

The “winner” of the 2015 Schleppie is ... a tie! The 2015 Schleppie goes to the M1 and the combined M101/102/103, both with a dismal 37 percent of buses arriving with big gaps in service or bunched together.

New York City Transit calculates “wait assessments” for “42 high-volume routes,” the same routes first chosen by Transit two decades ago. Wait assessment measures how closely a line sticks to scheduled intervals for arrival. Wait assessment becomes poorer the more buses arrive in bunches or with major gaps in service.

“In the realm of unreliable bus service, the M1 is the king, and the local M101/102/103 is the queen," said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives. "Their unhappy subjects, the riders, must endure the tyranny of frequent and long waits, followed by a parade of buses that pass by in bunches, like a herd of lumbering elephants."

In addition, the M14A was named the fourth-slowest bus in the system, according to this report, with an average speed of 3.9 MPH at noon on a weekday. (Topping the list was the M66 crosstown at 3.1 MPH.)

Still not too late to ask for a hoverboard for xmas.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

RIP M15 Select bus flashing blue lights

EVG regular Spike notes the following... due to complaints, the MTA has stopped using the blue flashing lights to signify an M15 Select bus on First and Second Avenues. (As The New York Times noted Friday night, it's an MTA-wide move.)

Intel from Spike yesterday:

"The driver today told me there were complaints because people thought it was an emergency vehicle."

Per the Post:

“Having these blue flashing lights unnecessarily distracted drivers and desensitized the public for what is reserved in law for emergency vehicles only,” said City Councilman Vincent Ignizio.

MTA officials will choose a new light color for the 140 SBS buses, which typically feature off-board payment and designated lanes.

In closing, the only poem that Spike ever wrote was in honor of the M15 blue light special...

Flashing blue.
I want to ride you.

Feel free to share your favorite M15 blue flashing lights memories in the comments...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Checking in on the First Avenue bus bulb

Over on First Avenue between First Street and Second Street ... the MTA is building sidewalk extensions (bus bulbs!) for the M15 and the Select Bus Service.

A quick update.



The sign says something about completion during the fourth quarter of this year...

And what is a bus bulb?

As Streetsblog puts it: "Bus bulbs — sidewalk extensions into the street at bus stops — keep bus shelters and ticket machines out of the way of pedestrian traffic. And by allowing buses to load passengers without having to pull to the curb and back into traffic, they also make for faster rides."

Monday, May 28, 2012

First Avenue bus bulbs on the way

Catching up on a few items that I meant to post last week. (Or maybe the week before.) Such as!

Over on First Avenue between First Street and Second Street ... the MTA is, as the sign shows, building sidewalk extensions (bus bulbs!) for the M15 and the Select Bus Service...

...the sign says something about completion during the fourth quarter of this year...

As Streetsblog puts it: "Bus bulbs — sidewalk extensions into the street at bus stops — keep bus shelters and ticket machines out of the way of pedestrian traffic. And by allowing buses to load passengers without having to pull to the curb and back into traffic, they also make for faster rides."

... Meanwhile, no word on how this is slowing down the limo departure times outside Lucky Cheng's...

Friday, November 4, 2011

The long lines for the M15 Select Bus service on First Avenue

[The line on Tuesday morning for the M15 Select Bus ticket machine on First Avenue between Second and Third streets]

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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Your chance to bitch about discuss the M15 Select Bus Service tonight

As The Lo-Down reported, there's a CB3 transportation committee meeting tonight at 6:30 ... where officials from the city's Transportation Department will be on hand to discuss the now 8-month-old M15 Select Bus Service on First and Second Avenue... Plus! They want to hear from you! (You need to sign up beforehand...) The meeting is at the University Settlement's Houston Street Center, 273 Bowery.

The M15 has been a popular topic at EV Grieve, with healthy discussion here ... here ... and here.

I haven't heard much one way or another lately. As for me, well, I found it annoying at first. So I bought a car.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Select bus showdown on Second Avenue

Speaking of the M15 Select .... An East Village resident heading home passed along this story from yesterday evening... Two women walked up to an M15 Select bus yesterday in the 60s on Second Avenue. The two hadn't even been to the ticket kiosk when the bus departed ... to keep on schedule and all. Well, the women were pissed that the driver didn't wait for them while they bought their tickets.

So, rationally, they ran after the bus. Per the EV resident: "When he stopped the bus at the light, they stood in front of it."

"Lady in the hat stood there for 15 minutes. Bus driver did not budge because 'he gets paid to sit here.' Driver finally let us out the back door. For all I know they're still there. Are they heroes? Villains? I hope she doesn't try this with a subway train. Or do I?"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rise of the Machines (SBS ticketing edition)

Ev Grieve reader Mike note the MTA working on additional Select Bus ticket machines coming to First Avenue and 14th Street... should help the crowds waking for tix during rush hours...

Any other requests for the MTA?

Friday, December 10, 2010

So... how's the M15 Select Bus service faring?

A few days ago EV Grieve reader Mike checked in with a report on the M15 Select Bus... been awhile since we heard anything about it...

So while waiting to buy ride and get receipt, I chatted with both the woman in front and back of me. Both of them loved the Select Bus! The biggest negative continues to be the lines that form for the machines to get tickets during rush hour. And that lady this morning who apparently decided that she didn't need to wait in line like everyone else, even when she cut right in front of me and I explained that the queue of people wasn't just folks fond of loitering — she acted dumbfounded and was not responsive, but hopefully that was from shame more than from being an asshole, which is how it seemed.

Rest in Peace M15 Limted Bus, Long Live M15 Select Bus!

And this morning, Mike noticed that the MTA looks to be installing MORE machines at 14th Street and First Avenue... which could help alleviate those rush-hour ticket lines...

Friday, November 19, 2010

A reader question

An EV Grieve reader sent this photo of an ad for the M15 Select Bus Service that just went up this week ... the reader wondered why the ad was in the N-Q-R stop on Broadway and 40th...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

More thoughts on the M15 Select Bus Service

Thanks to a reader for these thoughts...

Still happy with the ride, not so happy with the ticketing process. Seems like too few machines per stop. Understand that two or three is probably fine during non-rush hours, but when there's a rush and people have to line up for the machines, they get frustrated.

This is exacerbated when (1) a machine is broken, (2) you're waiting for the ticket to print--altogether would say that the actual ticketing process from time you press button until when you get the receipt takes >3 times as long as sticking a card in bus Metrocard reader--(3) people get especially frustrated when the bus comes but they are still lined up to get a ticket--old habits die hard, and people feel like they should be able to just walk on the bus and use the reader, and (4) the bus closes its doors and leaves while you're waiting to get a ticket from the sidewalk machine--have only seen this happen when another bus is coming right up, but it sure feels bad.

MTA seems to be dealing with by running extra buses and/or placing empty buses where they can fill in gaps--e.g., if you see a bus at 14th and 1st SE corner with "Next Bus Please", it's probably an SBS bus waiting for a delay, and the dispatcher at 14th Street stop will occassionally call up (seems like they can also get called up to stops farther on the line).

Again, the ride is faster--and probably will get even better as there's more enforcement of the bus lane. But the above is frustrating, and although was once a believer in the sidewalk ticketing, a bit more of a skeptic now. Time will tell.

Monday, November 1, 2010

In case you are waiting for someone coming down on the M15 Select Bus

As EV Grieve reader Mike notes at 42nd and Second, "Both of the machines were frozen on the post-transaction 'thank you' screen. One finally started working again but the second is still frozen. Big line to buy tickets."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The M15 Select Bus Service: 'people just need to give it a chance'

More comments are coming in regarding the new M15 Select Bus Service. (Streetsblog had a nice feature on the subject — via The Lo-Down)

A reader sent along this note:

Had good experience with yesterday (light use), not so good today (heavy and buses backed up). Take from 14th to 42nd.

Think it will be fine/better in a week or so after people who haven't been paying attention realize how works.

You can transfer from select to local (although seems a bit of a pain), but don't know what local bus driver would do if just tried to get on with a receipt for express — should have encoded for that instead of the paper transfer noted at the link, maybe can do in future.

There are kinks in the system that should have been worked out in the Bronx test project, but on the whole seems like a good idea and people just need to give it a chance, and then the MTA needs to revise accordingly.

Read more comments here.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

MTA preps for M15 SelectService

The M15 Select Bus Service starts tomorrow... and MTA crews are working on Second Avenue making final changing the schedules and what not...

Still waiting for the over/under on how smoothly this will work...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Welcome to the machine(s)

In preparation for Sunday's Select Bus service debut on the M15, an MTA crew worked on Second Avenue near 14th Street on the artificially intelligent machines that will seek to exterminate what is left of the human race.

And, well, maybe this is just me... but why are the machines this far away from the actual bus stop...? I'm sure there's a good reason for this that I'm just not processing at the moment... anyone?

Monday, October 4, 2010

On Oct. 10, the machines will rise

We've been discussing the coming changes to the M15 route along First Avenue and Second Avenue... The M15 Select Bus Service starts on Sunday.... and I finally got my hands on the MTA's newsletter that explains all this...

And — oops! — I missed the open houses.....

As someone who depends on the M15 for this and that, this may or may not be helpful....

And for your cyclists!

And pedestrians!

Wow. The MTA calls these Refuge Islands?! Escape from Refuge Island!


Well, I'm all for keeping an open mind to see how all this will work....

Previously on EV Grieve:
On First Avenue, the machines are taking over!