Grand St. stops restored to M14A bus route

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Two Grand St. stops on the M14A bus route will be restored, according to the city’s Department of Transportation.

“We rallied, petitioned and organized and we won!” tweeted Councilmember Margaret Chin. “The M14 Grand Street stops were restored. I want to thank everyone —especially the seniors — who marched, went to meetings and raised their voices to show @MTA the importance of an accessible bus system for all NYers. #SaveM14Service.”

The news comes two weeks after 50 seniors marched along Grand St. to call on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to keep the bus route’s stops on Grand St. Chin marched with protesters. Councilmember Carlina Rivera and Assemblymember Harvey Epstein have also supported the seniors’ efforts.

A map of the M14A bus route with two Grand St. stops restored that the M.T.A. had been planning to remove to allow for facilitate faster speeds for Select Bus Service. (Courtesy M.T.A.)

Earlier this year, the M.T.A. proposed a plan to switch the M14 to Select Bus Service and remove three stops along Grand St., including at Pitt St., which would include bypassing a senior residence and senior center. According to the M.T.A’s new proposal, the M14A bus stop at Grand and Pitt Sts. will now remain.

The M.T.A pitched switching the service to S.B.S. in hopes that it would boost the route’s notoriously slow speed. According to an M.T.A. study, the M14A/D is the city’s second-most used bus route — with 27,000 riders daily — but also its second slowest. Yet seniors and the disabled felt targeted since getting rid of any stops makes using the city’s largely inaccessible public transit system even harder.

“We arrived at this final compromise plan through close consultation with residents, community groups, advocates and elected officials,” an M.T.A. spokesperson said. “Once the new route is implemented, we will actively monitor it to ensure it is providing the best possible service for our customers, seeking to balance convenience and increased speed, which is desperately needed along this line.”

According to the M.T.A., S.B.S. would have stops every 675 feet on the Lower East Side, which is closer than the systemwide average of 805 feet.

11 Responses to Grand St. stops restored to M14A bus route

  1. What about the plan to eliminate Abingdon Square from the M14A route? This is going to hurt many seniors living in The West Village.

  2. Maxine Glorsky

    Please do not eliminate Abingdon Square from 14 A Bus route. Many of us depend on this. I feel this would be discriminatory to the West Village Area and to many seniors who depend on this.
    Maxine

  3. So the M14 is the city's second-most-used bus route and also the second slowest? Well, duh! If more people are getting on and getting off, OF COURSE it takes the bus longer to complete its route. Can't anyone do the math?

  4. CAROL A VENTICINQUE

    Seniors from the West Village seem to have been thrown to the curb. A hospital has been eliminated. The Abingdon Square stop is planned for elimination. Do people just not care? What else could explain this.

  5. Please do not eliminate the Abington Square bus stop at 12th St. I am 72 years old and still working. It would ne very difficult for me to commute without this stop.

    Thank you, Linda ONeill

  6. Frank Ferrucci

    Elimination of the Abington Square M14A loop will certainly cause hardship for west village senior residents. This is a misguided decision.

  7. Gardner greene

    What! I’m a senior and I use the 14A more

    than 12 times a week. Please don’t cut us out!

  8. Constance Rodgers

    I also am a senior that uses the Abingdon Square stop for Dr appts grocery shopping and visiting friends. Please do not eliminate this stop.

  9. As I've grown older I've needed the Abingdon Square Loop more and more. Used it to get to the bank at 5th Ave. today. Of course the 5th Ave. stop has been eliminated to make the buses travel faster and I have to walk back a block to the bank. I used to walk to the bank but now its too far. I got the M14A bus back to my corner coming home.

  10. Patricia rogoff

    PLEASE do not eliminate the Abingdon Sq loop

    On the 14A line. I use it almost every day.

    I am 76 and this is very important to my quality

    Of life.

    P. Rogoff

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