To: NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas F. Prendergast
We, the undersigned, call on the Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring fairness to mass transit on 125th Street, by giving Central and West Harlem the benefits of the bus-only lane currently only enjoyed by East Harlem.
125th Street is a vital artery for all uptown, and tens of thousands of local residents rely on bus travel on the M100, M101, Bx15, M60 and M104 lines each and every day.
Since May, 2014 bus riders on 125th Street have benefited from a bus-only lane east of Lenox Avenue only. Those traveling along this stretch have enjoyed bus speeds as much as 30 percent faster than before the lane was installed. GPS data from taxis show that cars traveling east of Lenox Avenue are also moving faster.
West of Lenox ave is a very different story. Buses on this stretch creep along at little more than 3 miles per hours on average--barely as fast as walking speed.
There are bus-only lanes in wealthier parts of Manhattan, like the Upper East Side and Midtown. Why not along the whole length of 125th Street?
It is time to give Central and West Harlem the benefit of faster service on the M100, M101, Bx15, M60 and M104 lines by extending the 125th Street bus-only lane west to at least Amsterdam Avenue.