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Transit Group Names M14A Bus Slowest In New York City

July 23, 2019 - 2:43 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Riding city buses can be a painful experience and in some cases, it may be better to walk, according to an annual study by the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign.

Manhattan’s M14A-SBS, which travels along 14th Street and connects the West village to the Lower East Side, is the winner of the group’s Pokey Award for the slowest bus service.

The group’s Jaqi Cohen says the bus moves at “a pace of 4.3 miles an hour, which is excruciatingly slow.”

She notes that at that speed, the bus is slower than a manatee, which can glide through water at roughly 5 miles per hour.

Despite modernization efforts in recent years, the city’s buses have seen a decline in ridership across all five boroughs.

In fact, last year’s winner – the M42 – no longer qualifies for the Pokey Award because so many riders have abandoned it.

“As riders leave the bus and get into cars, that only makes traffic worse and only reduces bus speeds altogether,” says Cohen.

The group also announced the winner of the 2019 Schleppie Award, which is given to the bus route with the least reliable service.

This year, the winner was the B15, which runs from Bed-Stuy to JFK airport in Queens.