The wheels on the bus are going ‘round slower.
Average MTA bus speeds were down 1.2% in August compared to a year earlier, new MTA data shows — despite Mayor de Blasio’s recent commitment to increase bus speeds by 25% by the end of 2020.
Bus speeds declined in Manhattan and Queens compared to a year ago, stayed flat in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and ticked upward slightly in Staten Island, the new figures say.
Staten Island buses might be rolling a bit faster thanks to the installation of the OMNY pay system, which the MTA plans to roll out in the rest of the city in the next few years.
But overall, buses roll slower despite a city effort to speed them up.
In hope of easing daytime bus lane obstructions, the city Department of Transportation has worked with businesses to encourage overnight deliveries. The agency also committed recently to installing 10 to 15 miles of additional bus lanes each year.
DOT officials announced Monday that cameras will be mounted on city buses to record bus lane violations. Starting October 7th, drivers captured sitting in bus lanes will be subject to $50 fines.
“Adding enforcement cameras to the buses themselves will now help us further keep bus lanes clear — allowing tens of thousands of commuters to keep moving,” said Transportation Department commissioner Polly Trottenberg.
De Blasio likes to make clear doesn’t run the MTA — but giving buses priority on streets is one prerogative that falls squarely on his lap.
“New Yorkers have some of the longest bus commutes in the whole country,” de Blasio said in April. “It does not need to be that way. We can do things differently. We can do things better.”
Hizzoner pledged at the time to improve bus speeds for 600,000 of the city’s two million daily bus riders.