Bus Mounted Cameras, 14th Street Busway Apparently Paying Off

Marla Diamond
October 17, 2019 - 6:18 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Two major initiatives to speed up city buses are reportedly paying off.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports, ever since the bus-mounted cameras were switched on, 1,500 vehicles have been captured blocking the red bus lanes on Second and First avenues.

However, acting MTA bus president Craig Cipriano says it's still too early to tell if the enforcement efforts have been able to improve bus speed.

“The purpose of this, the goal is really not to the violations, it's to improve bus speeds,” he stressed.

Diamond reports the bus mounted camera enforcement program will be expanded to the B44 and M14 routes by the end of November.

Since the virtual car ban on 14th Street, Transit President Andy Byford says there's been a 17% increase in overall ridership on the M14 and the average running time has decreased by 4.5 minutes.

“We're seeing hugely positive results and that's certainly been the experience I’ve been hearing about from customers as I’ve ridden the service, that bus is sailing along,” he said.

However, the new traffic pattern is still facing blowback from residents in lower Manhattan who say the exhaust fumes have increased exponentially since traffic was diverted.

Shop owners also say their businesses are being harmed by the lack of car traffic.