SELECT BUS SERVICE VICTORY
New York, April, 15th, 2015, Harlem landed a huge victory after an announcement from the Department of Transportation (DOT) that they would be extending bus lanes from Lennox Avenue to Morningside Avenue this summer.
The plan is to now expand this service to West Harlem, where community activist have expressed a need for implementation in order to improve the air quality traffic congestion. This decision comes after four years of advocacy by transit activists, and community groups across Harlem including West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. (WE ACT) and the Transit Riders Action Committee, a working group within WE ACT whose goal is to improve the quality of transit for all residents in Northern Manhattan.
The Select Bus Service creates a lane specifically for busses, and implements off-site fare payment, which allows for faster boarding, and multiple entrances. The service has received positive reviews in East Harlem, where the M60 bus has reportedly sped up by over 30% and local busses have seen an increase in time between7-20 percent in the bus lanes. WE ACT Transit Organizer Louis Bailey was thrilled with the news from DOT, saying;
“This is a great day for all residents in Northern Manhattan, specifically community residents who rely on the transit system every day to travel through the busy 125th street corridor. This makes our commute a little faster, which leaves more time for friends, family and rest. You’re not just talking about a faster bus service, its happier residents with a smoother commute.”
More than 30,000 transit riders take the bus between 125th street every day.
For additional information, contact Stanley Fritz at 212-961-1000 ext. 320
West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.