Manhattan bus routes given Pokey and Schleppie awards for poor service

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The straphangers have spoken about the worst service in the five boroughs.

Each year, the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives award Pokeys and Schleppies to bus routes based on the speed of rides.

The speed is recorded by Straphangers Campaign staff and volunteers on 34 routes.

The 2014 Pokey was awarded to the M79 crosstown which clocked 3.2 miles per hour at noon on a weekday.

According to the organization, the M79 moved 17,374 riders on an average weekday and ranked 34th in riders out of 192 local bus routes.

The M79 travels crosstown between 79th and 81st Streets in Manhattan.

The groups ranked the slowest bus routes in each borough.

  • Brooklyn: B41 between Downtown Brooklyn and Kings Plaza/Bergen Beach moving at 5.7 mph.
  • Bronx: Bx19 between NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx and Harlem moving at 4.8 mph.
  • Manhattan: M79 crosstown on 79th and 81st Streets moving at 3.2 mph.
  • Queens: Q58 between Ridgewood, Queens and Flushing Main Street moving at 7.7 mph.
  • Staten Island: S48/98 between Mariners Harbor and St. George Ferry Terminal moving at 8.3 mph.

The Schleppie award is given to the least reliable bus route based on official transit statistics that measure how well buses keep to scheduled intervals.

Manhattan's local M15 took home the award with 33 percent of buses arriving with large gaps in service or crunched together.

The M15 travels along First and Second Avenues moving 54,310 riders on an average weekday in 2013.

The bus route was ranked the highest route in bus ridership in the city.

Honorable mentions went to buses in four boroughs with over 20% of buses bunched together or with gaps in service.

  • Brooklyn: B44 had 25.4% unreliable service between Sheepshead Bay and Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Bronx: Bx15 had 21.2% unreliable service between Fordham Plaza and Harlem.
  • Manhattan: M15 had 33% unreliable service between uptown and downtown Manhattan on First and Second Avenues.
  • Staten Island: S78 had 27.2% unreliable service between St. George Ferry Terminal and Bricktown Mall, Staten Island.

Click to see full tables of bus speeds and buses with unreliable service.

1 Comment

  • Brian Lipensky

    M79 used to be a lot faster. I used to take that bus all the time and it would take only about 15 minutes to go from river to river. What the hell happened? The M42 is faster now, and it passes several tourist attractions.

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