Some riders and neighbors are advocating for the return of the flashing blue lights on buses running along “select bus service” routes. They say it helps riders tell the difference between the “select” and “local” buses.
Select buses require prepayment at a sidewalk kiosk.
But state law designates only emergency vehicles can have blue lights.
A bill introduced by Assemblymember Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) would allow lights on the select buses. The proposal would also allow “in a city of one million or more, flashing purple lights may be affixed to and displayed on buses operated on a bus rapid transit route.”
The state legislature is considering the measure.
State Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten island) has opposed the measure. He believes flashing lights should be reserved for emergency vehicles because they signal motorists to clear the lane.
Manhattan Community Board 6 has endorsed a resolution asking state lawmakers to revisit the issue.
The MTA is considering other options.