Manhattan’s M50 Crosstown Bus Wins ‘Pokey Award’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives have given out their 10th annual “Pokey Award” for the slowest bus route in New York City.

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The winner of this year’s uncoveted golden snail on a pedestal is the M50 crosstown bus which the groups said clocked in at 3.5 mph at noon on a weekday.

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“You can push a lawnmower faster crosstown than it takes the M50 to go from First to Twelfth Avenue,” Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign, said.

The slowest bus routes in each borough are Brooklyn’s B41 which clocked in at 6.5 mph, the Bronx’s Bx19 at 5.0 mph, Queens’ Q58 at 7.2 mph and Staten Island’s S48 at 8.8 mph.

The groups also awarded the M101, 102 and 103 lines with the “Schleppie Award” for least reliable bus service.

The groups did give some props to the Select Bus Service routes on the M15 and Bx12 saying they are living up to their promise.

A survey found Select Bus Service on the Bx12 increased speeds by more than 51 percent over the Bx12 local; the M15 increased speeds by nearly 43 percent over the local route.

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  • brooklyn4ever

    What happened to the B3 (Avenue U) in Brooklyn???? Not only is it beyond slow when it does decide to show, and when it does not show, I walk the 18 blocks home and keep looking behind me and there is still no B3 in sight. It is just ridiculous. One of the busiest routes at rush hour and walking is faster than the bus. Thanx MTA for another job well done.

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