M14 Bus Route Change Meets Resistance on the Lower East Side
Come June, the bus landscape on the Lower East Side will totally change. This is when Department of Transportation and the MTA implement a drastic change to the M14 bus route, which could have significant repercussions.
The proposal is christening a Select Bus Service plan for the M14A and M14D to speed up service along the route. However, implementation comes at the expense of several “local” stops that service areas with higher concentration of senior residents.
Local movers and shakers continue mobilizing against the city to put on the brakes.
The Grand Street Democrats started a petition last week – directed toward New York City Transit Authority President Andy Byford – roundly rejecting the proposal.
Below is an excerpt from the petition:
This decision basically would make buses faster at the expense of serving the needs of the residents in these neighborhoods. Especially affected by this proposal are the seniors who rely on these buses to a great degree. The M14A bus particularly is considered the “granny line” because of the numbers of seniors using the service relying on walkers. This bus service is the lifeline of our community that if eliminated or reduced would force residents, especially seniors, to walk long distances to the nearest subway stops at Delancey or Second Avenue.
To date, more than 1,850 people have signed, with a stated goal of 2,500 signatures.