M15 Machinery on Allen Street

Posted on: September 29th, 2010 at 6:44 am by

The steel-and-glass army of M15 machines is advancing ever-southward along First Avenue. Two weeks after EV Grieve first spotted the MetroCard units at the Second Street stop, a fresh platoon of support troops is now in place just below East Houston in the southbound lane. So far, the sidewalk-hogging machinery is out of service, but should be operational by October 10.

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That is the date when the sweeping new Select Bus Service (SBS) program takes effect, forever eliminating the Limited bus along the M15 route (local service remains the same). Straphangers at express stops will instead purchase tickets streetside, take a receipt, and board buses through one of the three doors. A “roving team of fare inspectors” will be randomly deployed to validate tickets and/or charge any so-called turnstile jumpers with a $100 fine.

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Of course the most straightforward map is found on Wikipedia and not the MTA site:

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And per NYC.gov:

The uptown-bound M15 SBS will run between 6 am and 11 pm, downtown-bound buses will run between 5 am and 10 pm. The M15 local will 24 hours a day. M15 SBS buses will run every 4-5 minutes during rush hours, and every 7-8 minutes at other times.

Given all this, do you think curbside ticketing will help eliminate delays and speed up service?

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