Report: New York’s ‘schleppiest’ buses are in Manhattan

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A bus in Chelsea. (NatalyaSavka via Flickr)
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The 'pokiest' and 'schleppiest' bus lines in New York City are the ones in Manhattan, according to a new report.

The M66—which travels crosstown from York Avenue and 68th Street to West End Avenue and 65th Street, by way of Central Park—tied with the M42, which connects the United Nations and the Intrepid by way of Grand Central and Times Square, to win the so-called "Pokey" award for the slowest bus in New York City.

At noon on a weekday, the two buses travel at an average speed of 3.9 miles per hour, according to the report put out by NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives.

“The M66 and M42 would lose a race to an amusement park bumper car—and be a lot less fun!" said Gene Russianoff, the group's attorney, in a statement. "A bumper car can go 4.3 miles per hour compared to the 3.9 miles of the Pokey Award winning buses.”

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The M66 averages 12,764 riders on a weekday, and the M42 averages 14,996 riders on a weekday, making them relatively well-used within the M.T.A.'s local bus system.

Another Manhattan line won the "Schleppie," the award for most unreliable service.

An average of 20,352 riders endure the M4's Fort Tryon to Penn Station route every weekday, even though nearly 30 percent of the time, its buses either bunch together or don't appear for long periods of time.

By way of comparison, the M.T.A.'s Select Bus Service lines on Fordham Road and along First and Second avenues performed well, but as we recently reported, the city's version of bus rapid transit isn't really worthy of the designation.

The full list of the M.T.A.'s pokiest and schleppiest buses are available here.