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Manhattan Local Bus

Restructure Local Bus Routes to Discontinue Underutilized or Duplicative Segments

  • Restructure bus service in the Lower East Side (affects the M9, M15, M20, and M21 bus routes)
  • Restructure north-south bus service in Manhattan (affects the M1, M3, M5, and M6 routes)
  • Discontinue M10 service south of Columbus Circle
  • Discontinue M42 service south of 42nd Street to the Javits Center
  • Restructure M98 service
  • Discontinue M104 service along 42nd Street

Discontinue Service on Low-Performing Local Bus Routes
There are three routes proposed for total discontinuation and two routes proposed for weekend discontinuation.

  • Discontinue weekend M8 service
  • Discontinue all M18 service
  • Discontinue all M27 service
  • Discontinue all M30 service (operates weekday peak-hours only)
  • Discontinue weekend M50 service

Note that all M6 service would be discontinued as part of the restructuring of north-south bus service. Weekend M21 service would be discontinued as part of the restructuring of Lower East Side bus service.

Reduce Spans of Service on Local Bus Routes
This proposal reduces service at the start or end of service (on non-24 hour routes), or discontinues service on 24-hour routes during overnight hours, during periods of extremely low ridership.

  • Discontinue overnight bus service on the M1, M8, M16, M22, M50, and M66
  • Start weekday service later on the M11, M20, and M21; end weekday service earlier on the M21; start Saturday service later on the M20, M100, and M116; start weekend service later on the M22; end weekend service earlier on the M22

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Restructure Bus Service in the Lower East Side

Description of Action:
Restructure bus service in the Lower East Side as follows:

  • Reroute the M9 to operate between City Hall/Park Row and 1st Avenue/23rd Street via Avenue C, replacing M21 service along Avenue C and the Park Row branch of the M15
  • Extend the M20 from Battery Park City to South Ferry to replace the M9 in Battery Park City
  • Reroute the M21 on weekdays to operate as a river-to-river crosstown service on Houston Street, terminating at Grand Street/ FDR Drive
  • Discontinue the M21 on weekends

Neighborhoods Affected:
Lower East Side, Lower Manhattan, Battery Park City.

Customer Impact:
M15: Approximately 2,400 average weekday customers on East Broadway and Park Row would use the M9 or M103 instead.

M9: Approximately 550 weekday and 550 weekend customers in Battery Park City would use the extended M20. Approximately 1,300 weekday customers and 1,300 weekend customers along Water Street would use the M15. Approximately 2,000 weekday customers and 2,000 weekend customers along Avenue B would use either the M14A on Avenue A or the rerouted M9 on Avenue C.

M21: Approximately 600 average weekday customers would be required to transfer to the rerouted M9 for service to Avenue C. Approximately 1,410 weekend customers would either use the rerouted M9 or walk up to 15 minutes to the M14.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $10.11, Direct Operating $5.32 (for weekend M21)

Net Annual Savings:
$0.8 million

Restructure Bus Service in the Lower East Side

Restructure Bus Service in the Lower East Side

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Restructure North-South Bus Service in Manhattan

Description of Action:
Restructure north-south bus service in Manhattan as follows:

  • Replace the M6 and weekday part-time M1 service south of 8th Street to South Ferry with an extended M5 service operating seven days a week between Midtown and Downtown via 5th Avenue/Broadway southbound and Church Street/6th Avenue northbound. The M5 would no longer serve Houston Street.
  • Streamline the routings of the M1 and M3 to operate on a single north-south alignment with the M2, providing more frequent service in the 5th/Madison corridor and more efficient scheduling. The route path would be southbound via 5th Avenue to 8th Street and northbound via 4th Avenue, Park Avenue South, 25th Street, and Madison Avenue. M1 service would no longer operate on Park Avenue between 25th Street and 40th Street, and northbound M3 service would no longer operate on 9th Street and University Place.
  • Discontinue weekend M1 service south of 106th Street to better match capacity with demand in the corridor (service is often disrupted for parades and street fairs).

Neighborhoods Affected:
Upper East Side, Midtown, Madison Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Lower Manhattan.

Customer Impact:
M6: 4,370 weekday customers and 6,250 weekend customers would use the M5, M7, M20, or the subway.

M1 Weekend Shortening: Approximately 2,800 weekend customers north of 106th Street would be required to transfer to the M2, M3, M4, M5, M101, M102, or M103 to complete their trip. Approximately 7,000 weekend customers south of 106th Street would use the M2, M3, or M4 instead.

M1 Move from Park to 5th/Madison: Approximately 1,500 weekday customers would be required to walk up to two blocks.

M3: Approximately 200 weekday customers and 250 weekend customers would be required to walk up to two blocks.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $5.10, Direct Operating: $2.68 weekdays,
Total: $5.69, Direct Operating: $3.00 weekends (for the M6)

Net Annual Savings:
$3.4 million

Restructure North-South Bus Service in Manhattan – Replace M6 with Extended M5

Restructure North-South Bus Service in Manhattan – Replace M6 with Extended M5

Restructure North-South Bus Service in Manhattan – Revise M1 and M3

Restructure North-South Bus Service in Manhattan – Revise M1 and M3

Restructure North-South Bus Service in Manhattan – Revise M1 Weekends

Restructure North-South Bus Service in Manhattan – Revise M1 Weekends

 

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Discontinue M10 Service South of Columbus Circle

Description of Action:
Discontinue duplicative M10 service south of Columbus Circle.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Harlem, Upper West Side, West Midtown.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 2,900 average weekday customers and 3,600 weekend customers would be required to use the M7, M11, M20, or M104; a typical customer’s trip would increase by seven minutes.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$1.1 million

Discontinue M10 Service South of Columbus Circle

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Discontinue M42 Service to the Javits Center

Description of Action:
Discontinue the underused segment of the M42 south of 42nd Street to the Javits Center. This service is often disrupted during major events at the Javits Center, negating its primary purpose.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Javits Center.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 60 weekday customers and 40 weekend customers would be required to walk approximately six minutes to 42nd Street or use the M34 instead.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$0.2 million

Discontinue M42 Service to the Javits Center

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Restructure M98 Service

Description of Action:
Restructure M98 service in Manhattan as follows:

  • Discontinue service south of 68th Street to reduce duplication while maintaining service from northern Manhattan to major Upper East Side destinations
  • Reduce the span of service to improve efficiency
  • Discontinue southbound service operating into George Washington Bridge Bus Station to improve operations (buses in both directions will continue to stop outside the station)

Neighborhoods Affected:
Fort Washington, Washington Heights, East Harlem, Upper East Side, Midtown, Murray Hill.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 250 Washington Heights customers will need to transfer to the 4 Line icon 5 Line icon 6 Line icon or M101/102/103 to complete their trips. Approximately 200 customers who board in the George Washington Bridge Bus Station will need to walk outside the terminal to board the bus.  Customers on the 3rd/Lexington Avenue corridor can use the M101/102/103. Washington Heights customers could also take the A Line icon or 1 Line icon from northern Manhattan, then transfer to crosstown buses. A typical customer’s trip would increase by three to four minutes.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$0.8 million

Restructure M98 Service

Restructure M98 Service


NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Discontinue M104 Service Along 42nd Street

Description of Action:
Discontinue 42nd Street crosstown service on the M104 at all times; M104 service would end at Times Square.

Neighborhoods Affected:
East Midtown, Murray Hill, Upper West Side.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 6,800 weekday customers and 10,800 weekend customers would be required to transfer to the M42 or the 7 Line icon S Line icon; a typical customer’s trip would increase by four minutes.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$1.0 million

Discontinue M104 Service Along 42nd Street

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Discontinue Weekend M8 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue weekend service on the M8.

Neighborhoods Affected:
East Village, Greenwich Village, West Village.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 2,360 weekend customers would be required to use the M14; a typical customer’s trip would increase by up to 15 minutes.

Cost per Rider: Total:
$6.64, Direct Operating: $3.49

Net Annual Savings:
$0.4 million

Discontinue Weekend M8 Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Discontinue All M18 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue all service on the M18.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Washington Heights, Harlem.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 1,060 weekday customers and 780 weekend customers would be required to use the M3, M100, or M101; a typical customer’s trip would increase by three to five minutes.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $6.04, Direct Operating: $3.18 weekdays,
Total: $8.90, Direct Operating: $4.68 weekends

Net Annual Savings:
$1.1 million

Discontinue All M18 Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Discontinue All M27 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue all service on the M27.

Neighborhoods Affected:
United Nations, East Midtown, Midtown, Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 2,720 weekday customers and 1,150 weekend customers would be required to use the M31, M42, M50 (weekdays only), or the M57; a typical customer’s trip would increase by seven minutes. Customers could also use the E Line icon, M Line icon, 7 Line icon, or S Line icon.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $4.68, Direct Operating: $2.46 weekdays,
Total: $6.24, Direct Operating: $3.29 weekends

Net Annual Savings:
$1.5 million

Discontinue All M27 Service

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Discontinue All M30 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue all service on the M30 (operates weekday peak hours only).

Neighborhoods Affected:
Upper East Side, Midtown.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 1,220 weekday customers would be required to use the M72 to various north-south routes or the M31; a typical customer’s trip would increase by five minutes.

Cost per Rider:
Total Cost: $6.31, Direct Operating: $3.32

Net Annual Savings:
$0.7 million

Discontinue All M30 Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Discontinue Weekend M50 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue weekend service on the M50.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Midtown, Clinton.

Customer Impact:

Approximately 2,240 weekend customers would be required to use the M31, M42, or M57; a typical customer’s trip would increase by 12 minutes. Customers could also use the E Line Icon, 7 Line Icon, or S Line Icon.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $6.24, Direct Operating: $3.29

Net Annual Savings:
$0.4 million

Discontinue Weekend M50 Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Manhattan Local Bus

Proposal Modified March 19, 2010

Reduce Spans of Service on Manhattan Local Bus Routes

Description of Action:
This proposal reduces the spans of service on numerous local bus routes in Manhattan (details are shown below):

  • Discontinue overnight bus service on the M1, M8, M16, M22, M50, and M66
  • Start weekday service later on the M11, M20, and M21; end weekday service earlier on the M21
  • Start Saturday service later on the M20, M100, and M116
  • Start weekend service later on the M22; end weekend service earlier on the M22 (M22 service was initially proposed for weekend elimination).

Neighborhoods Affected: Many neighborhoods throughout Manhattan.

Customer Impact:
Depending on the neighborhood, customers would either be required to use other bus or subway services or would have no transit service available during those hours.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$0.8 million

 

Manhattan Span Changes

 

 
  Overnights  
Route Original Span New Span Affected Riders
M1 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 40
M8 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 15
M16 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 25
M22 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 15
M50 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 25
M66 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 25
       
  Weekdays  
Route Original Span New Span Affected Riders
M11 4:45 AM - 12:30 AM 6:00 AM - 12:30 AM 40
M20 5:45 AM - 12:30 AM 6:15 AM - 12:30 AM 25
M21 5:45 AM - 11:30 PM 6:30 AM - 11:00 PM 90
       
  Saturdays  
Route Original Span New Span Affected Riders
M20 6:00 AM - 12:45 AM 8:00 AM - 12:45 AM 50
M22 24 Hours 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM 127
M100 5:15 AM - 12:00 AM 6:00 AM - 12:00 AM 20
M116 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 7:00 AM - 1:00 AM 50
       
  Sundays  
Route Original Span New Span Affected Riders
M22 24 Hours 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM 84

 

Reduce Spans of Service on Manhattan Local Bus Routes – Overnight Service

Reduce Spans of Service on Manhattan Local Bus Routes – Overnight Service

Reduce Spans of Service on Manhattan Local Bus Routes – Weekday Spans

Reduce Spans of Service on Manhattan Local Bus Routes – Weekday Spans

Reduce Spans of Service on Manhattan Local Bus Routes – Weekend Spans
Proposal Modified March 19, 2010

Reduce Spans of Service on Manhattan Local Bus Routes – Weekend Spans


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