NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Regular bus riders on the 34th Street corridor will attest to the fact that this is one of the busiest, slowest lines.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs On The Story

“First of all, the buses are much slower coming because I guess budget cuts there aren’t as many and they’re always very, very crowded,” said one straphanger.

But now the new 34th Street Select Bus service should change that, speeding things up by, among other things, allowing riders to purchase tickets ahead of boarding at a kiosk.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand to launch the service Monday morning.

“Mass transit is the life blood of our city and we just got to make sure that  it continues to work,” he said. “Service gets better. People use mass transit. That frees the streets and helps the economy.”

“By having the bus move faster than a tricycle, which was the last competition that they had on 34th Street. We can do better than that,” said NYC transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Buses on this corridor carry more than 33,000 riders every day and it’s hoped this new service will speed things up by about 20 percent.

Have you got a complaint about a crosstown street? Sound off in the comments section below!

Comments (3)
  1. Tristan Straney says:

    Your blog is actually unique. Keep posting that way.

  2. Greg K says:

    I rode the M16 two days a week until it disappeared this week. The new M34a SELECT service was hardly that! At my stop on 39th and 9th, the first bus Whizzed by with me just standing there… I waited another 20 minutes for a second bus, got on, and the bus went out of service at 34th, so I had to get on a regular M34 that doesn’t go down 2nd Ave. I went from having a seat to being shuffled from front to back as people got on and off a packed bus and the driver packed it to the brim. I then had to get out and take the M15 down 11 blocks to my destination. SO… The new select services cause me to have to take 3 buses instead of my normal ONE! AND from the time I got to where I was going… it took 1 hour and 10 mins. AWFUL. Way to go MTA!

  3. Peg Swanson says:

    Its about time – now let’s do something about 57th street

Leave a Reply