M9 Bus Making a Comeback in 2013

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 at 9:28 am by

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Residents of Lower Manhattan can breathe a sigh of relief as the M9 bus route will not only be restored, but also extended. Word broke last week that the MTA is planning $29.5 million in restorations as a result of additional revenue from increased ridership and several cost-saving measures. As part of the initiative, the MTA will restore the M9 bus into and out of Battery Park City beginning January 2013. You’ll recall that the service was eliminated during budget cuts in 2010, causing transportation issues for many riders.

“I recently approached MTA Chair Joseph Lhota to discuss the importance of restoring this service for the residents, workers and visitors to Battery Park City,” said Assemblyman Sheldon Silver. “I applaud the MTA for agreeing to bring back this vital transportation service as we continue to successfully rebuild our Lower Manhattan community.”

Speaker Silver says the M9 route extension will connect the East Village, Lower East Side, Chinatown and City Hall with Battery Park City to provide better access to ball fields and schools, as well as extending to the north to provide direct service to Bellevue Hospital Center and the NYU Medical Center.

“Enhancing important transportation links for residents, workers, and students as well as visitors to my Lower Manhattan community is critical as we continue to grow and renew our neighborhoods,” said Silver. “I am pleased that the MTA has heard our concerns and that the M9 line will provide even greater benefit to our community” said Speaker Silver.

The M9 will be extended from 23rd to 29th street along 1st and 2nd avenues. The M9 will also extend from Park Row to Battery Park City along Warren, Murray and West Streets.

In addition, the fare hike that was scheduled for January 2013 is pushed back two months to March.

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