PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release
June 7, 2010

Contact
Kate Slevin, Veronica Vanterpool
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
(917) 833-9259, (212) 268-7474

Statement on New York City's First and Second Avenue Select Bus Service

New York City's plan to get buses moving and keep people safer on First and Second Avenues will be a godsend for the 54,000 people who ride the M15 every day. Adding over 12 miles of bus lane and features like prepaid boarding will bring faster, more reliable service to New York's second busiest bus route and give riders more time to spend with family and friends. Because the plan will separate bus and car traffic and add left-turn lanes, drivers will also enjoy faster trips.

The next step to keep bus riders out of gridlock should be the approval of bus enforcement cameras by the City Council and State Legislature. These would keep lanes clear of violators, allowing the NYPD to focus on other important matters.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign also applauds the inclusion of pedestrian safety improvements that will let residents and area workers breathe a little easier while crossing the street. Between 2006 and 2008, nine pedestrians were killed on First and Second Avenues; more than half were over 60 years old. As well, the addition of separated bicycle lanes between Houston and 34th Street is a vital first step towards bringing world-class cycling infrastructure to these busy avenues. The Campaign looks forward to an extension of the lanes north to 125th Street.

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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.