City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in favor of expanding busways to other crosstown streets

Andrew Weber
October 22, 2019 - 12:28 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) –  City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said that he is in favor of turning other crosstown streets in Manhattan into busways, following the lead of 14th Street.

He proposed 34th Street and 42nd Street as possible next options on “The Brian Lehrer Show” on WNYC.

“I think the future of New York City is how we move people around,” Johnson said on the program. “Also, when we talk about the climate change emergency that we’re in, of transportation emissions, 83% of them are from private automobile use.”

Johnson admitted his previous trepididation was uncalled for.

“I was skeptical, but I was wrong,” he said. “I thought that some of these streets would be parking lots.”

Most cars are banned from 14th Street between Third and Ninth Avenues, which has led to increases in ridership and decreases in transit time for the M14A and M14D bus routes.

So far, crosstown buses are moving 30% faster on the street and ridership is 17% on weekdays and more than a third on weekends.

“The traffic on the side [streets] hasn’t turned into the apocalyptic hellscape that critics predicted,” NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said earlier this month. “People’s worst fears did not come to pass and I hope it’ll be a template for other parts of the city.”

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