New City Bus Rolls Out In Manhattan

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A new, speedier bus hit the road Sunday in Manhattan, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports.

The new M15 Select bus has three doors to help speed up boarding, and the service allows riders to pay the fare at a kiosk before getting on board.

This reduces travel time by up to 20-percent.

It launches on Manhattan’s East Side, running along First and Second Avenues.

It replaces the M15 Limited service but does not affect the M15 local route.

The $2.25 fare can be paid with either cash or MetroCard.

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  • Dee

    You know, this might be fine (but who knows) if they had planned it better and made info available to customers. Today was the first official day of the service. I haven’t been riding the bus all that much, so I rush to make the connection at 57th and 2nd, get tossed off and told to “pay at the kiosk.” A “customer helper” grabs my card and without asking any questions or showing me what needs to be done runs my card thru the machine. Now I’ve paid for the express but I actually want the local bus. The guy starts screaming at me. I ask him to lower his voice, and he tells me “I’m not screaming, I have a loud voice.” Well, you STILL need to lower it, because you STILL screaming!” The local bus driver accepted my receipt, and I grabbed a brochure when I got to my stop, which I will now read carefully. Saves time? I don’t think so. And with people entering the back doors, who is checking to make certain that they actually DID pay? This is SO stupid. What a system …

  • George L

    This service really helped get across Fordham Road on the Bx12.

    Now it’s time for 42nd Street! With the elimination of the M104, and the huge increase in car and pedestrian traffic from the Broadway Boulevard project, it has become faster just to walk across 42nd Street! The MTA should at least replace the M42s with the double-length reticulated buses.

  • nathan

    Ummm these buses have been running for WEEKS already guys. Hello?

  • jada

    They have something very similar to this in Salt Lake City. Theye call there’s the 35Max. Best idea for buses I’ve seen in a long time.

  • Esther

    How are transfers handled?

    • Arby

      if you use coins you hand the reciept to the bus driver and he will issue a transfer that is If you use a metro card you will have the transfer placed on your metro card by the kiosk machine

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