New M14 SBS Ticket Kiosks Installed on Essex and Grand
With the new M14 express bus service rolling out next month, so, too, is the related equipment. Namely, those sidewalk ticket kiosks.
The latest to arrive are kiosks at the southbound Essex/Delancey stop (across from the new Essex Market), as well as the southbound Essex/Grand stop (outside Kossar’s). Neither are yet switched on.
The new machinery follows a month after the city relented in its surprise plan to remove several local stops along the new Select Bus route.
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.