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NYC’s slowest bus route is about as fast as walking

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Big Apple bus riders may be better off walking.

The city’s slowest bus route — the M42 — slogs along 42nd Street between First and Twelfth avenues at a sloth-like 3.9 mph, a city comptroller’s analysis found.

On the heels of a recent report blasting New York City buses as the nation’s most sluggish, Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office has pinpointed the slowest and most chronically late routes.

Transit watchdogs say the findings are appalling.

“It’s frustrating that it’s faster to walk than take public transportation,” said Stephanie Burgos-Veras, an organizer at the grass-roots Riders Alliance. “The data proves that buses are failing New Yorkers.”

After the M42, the next slowest bus routes, all in Manhattan, are the M31 (4.1 mph), M57 and M66 (both 4.3 mph), and M50 (4.5 mph), the comptroller found. The average speed of all city buses last year was 7.4 mph; in Manhattan, it was 5.5 mph.

The analysis tagged the SBS15, which goes between East Harlem and South Ferry, with the worst on-time performance: 34 percent. Close behind are the M1 between Harlem and lower Manhattan (36 percent), the Q113 in Queens between Parsons and Seagirt (37 percent), the S86 in Staten Island between the St. George Ferry and Mill Road (38 percent) and the SBS60, between the Upper West Side and La Guardia Airport (38 percent).

“The slowest bus system isn’t in Los Angeles or Boston, or Philadelphia. It’s right here at home,” Stringer said in a statement. “If we’re going to be a true five-borough economy, we have to modernize our buses and connect routes to new job centers. It’s time for an overhaul.”

Burgos-Veras agrees. Her group has called on the MTA to redesign the bus routes to get riders to key destinations faster, and on Mayor de Blasio to add bus lanes, better enforce those that exist, and install new traffic-light technology to avoid frequent stopping.

Slow buses harm New Yorkers’ quality of life, she said.

“If they’re late to work, they lose money. It has a trickle-down effect on making the rider’s life difficult.”

MTA spokesman Jon Weinstein blamed the de Blasio administration for failing to tackle traffic congestion: “We need a real plan to deal with this intractable problem, better bus-lane enforcement and the political will from City Hall to actually improve bus speeds.”

The city claims it has boosted NYPD traffic and bus-lane enforcement, and says it will add 21 Select Bus routes over the next decade.

The comptroller plans to unveil today a new website where riders can look up data on each bus route — including average speed, reliability, number of turns, and distance between stops.

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LIRR Weekend Parking Guide

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LIRR STATIONS WITH UNRESTRICTED WEEKEND PARKING

Unrestricted parking refers to any lot that is open to both residents and non-residents on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of residency. Parking spaces may, however, require a daily parking fee.  

Note: Stations with an asterisk* may require a parking permit in some of the lots

Babylon Branch

  • Babylon*
  • Lindenhurst
  • Copiague
  • Amityville*
  • Massapequa Park
  • Massapequa
  • Seaford
  • Wantagh
  • Bellmore
  • Merrick
  • Freeport
  • Baldwin

City Zone Stations

  • Kew Gardens

Far Rockaway Branch Stations

  • Far Rockaway
  • Lawrence*
  • Cedarhurst*
  • Woodmere
  • Hewlett
  • Gibson*
  • Valley Stream*
  • Rosedale*
  • Laurelton

Hempstead Branch Stations

  • Hempstead
  • Country Life Press*
  • Floral Park*
  • Bellerose*
  • Queens Village

Long Beach Branch Stations

  • Long Beach*
  • Oceanside
  • East Rockaway*
  • Centre Avenue*
  • Lynbrook

Montauk Branch Stations

  • Montauk
  • Amagansett
  • East Hampton
  • Bridgehampton
  • Southampton
  • Hampton Bays
  • Westhampton
  • Speonk
  • Mastic-Shirley
  • Bellport
  • Patchogue*
  • Sayville
  • Oakdale
  • Great River
  • Islip
  • Bay Shore*

Oyster Bay Branch Stations

  • Oyster Bay
  • Locust Valley
  • Glen Cove
  • Glen Street
  • Sea Cliff
  • Glen Head
  • Greenvale*
  • Roslyn
  • Albertson
  • East Williston*

Port Jefferson Branch Stations

  • Port Jefferson
  • Stony Brook
  • St James
  • Smithtown
  • Kings Park
  • Northport
  • Greenlawn
  • Huntington*
  • Cold Spring Harbor
  • Syosset
  • Hicksville
  • Westbury
  • Carle Place
  • Mineola
  • Merillon Avenue*
  • New Hyde Park *

Port Washington Branch Stations

  • Port Washington
  • Manhasset
  • Little Neck
  • Douglaston
  • Broadway
  • Flushing/Main Street

Ronkonkoma Branch Stations

  • Greenport
  • Southold
  • Mattituck
  • Yaphank
  • Medford
  • Ronkonkoma
  • Central Islip
  • Brentwood
  • Deer Park
  • Wyandanch*
  • Farmingdale
  • Bethpage

West Hempstead Branch Stations

  • West Hempstead
  • Lakeview
  • Malverne*
  • Westwood

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Q train conductor punched in head at Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100

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Frank Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises and was hospitalized in stable condition.

A Q train conductor was hospitalized after getting sucker punched while on the job Tuesday, according to police and the transit union.

An unidentified man believed to be in his 30s or 40s struck the conductor, Frank Sbano, 60, after Sbano’s Brighton Beach-bound train arrived at the Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100 and an NYPD spokesman.

“I was just nailed in the head. I have no idea why,” Sbano, of Staten Island, told the union. “I was looking to make sure everyone was getting on and off and the next thing I knew, I got nailed.”

Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises on his head and was transported in stable condition to Kings County Hospital, where he was awaiting a CT scan.

TWU Local 100 president Tony Utano said it was just the latest in a spate of MTA worker assaults. He called for the authority to launch a voluntary body camera program for train crews in order to help police catch riders who assault workers.

“This will help authorities identify, arrest and prosecute those who are responsible for these attacks,” Utano said in a statement. “Cameras must only be used as a deterrent to criminal assaults and for evidence gathering when an assault occurs and never for worker surveillance.”

It was not immediately clear why the attack took place and no arrests have been made, the police spokesman said.

MTA chairman Joseph Lhota pledged to work to keep workers safe. The MTA did not provide statistics on worker-related assaults.

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New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibition is an ode to the subway in comic form

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The New York Transit Museum is getting ready to roll out a new exhibition that takes a fun look into the history of the New York transit system in comics.

Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics” 

is being described by the museum as a “raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers and draws on satirical cartoons, comic strips, and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries.” The exhibit will include contributions from cartoonists like Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, and others that have crafted comics that illustrate the influence of mass transit on various stories.

 

“Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics”

 takes you on an incredible journey and highlights the simultaneous coming of age of the region’s mass transit systems and of comic books,” said Museum Director Concetta Bencivenga in a press release. “The foundation of each was built by immigrants who made New York their home and the influence of both mass transit and the comic book genre have expanded well beyond Gotham’s city limits. It is an honor to bring this exhibit to the public and share this rich history.”

The exhibition will also include panel discussions, gallery talks, and sketch nights. Catch the exhibition on display from June 21 through January 6, 2019.

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