MTA Capitulates, Restores Critical Bus Stops to M14 SBS Proposal

Posted on: May 16th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Winner, winner, chicken dinner…

Two months after the MTA surprised the community by axing numerous local stops on the M14 (A/D) bus line as part of its conversion to express SBS, the city has capitulated.

The announcement of reversal came Tuesday night at the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3, during a presentation by MTA and Department of Transportation. Here are the pertinents:

  • Almost all stops are maintained along Grand Street (see graphic below)
  • Bus stop stays at Columbia and Rivington Streets
  • Southbound stops along Avenue A/Essex Street are removed and replaced with stops at East 5th Street and Houston Street.

Grassroots organizations and local politicians – from Margaret Chin and Carlina Rivera to the Grand Street Democrats – blasted the proposed changes to the crosstown bus line right out of the gate. There were protests, a flooding of social media, and meetings to strategize the opposition. A petition against the proposal also garnered more than 2,700 signatures in opposition. The community demanded supplemental service similar to the M15 route along First and Second Avenues rather than the complete purge of local stops, which largely cater to the senior population.

This is a significant victory.

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