Upper East Side Patch,NYC Community Board Sides With Petitioners Calling for M15 Select Bus Service at East 72nd Street by Brenden Krisel
UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — Upper East Siders petitioning to get M15 Select Bus Service instituted at East 72nd Street scored a win Wednesday night.
At the full board meeting of Community Board 7 — which represents the Upper East Side — the board voted to adopt a resolution to urge NYC Transit to add the stop on its express bus line.
This month the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association presented a petition with 2,700 signatures calling for express service. Also this month five elected officials wrote a letter to Veronique Hakim, the president of NYC Transit, in favor of express service at East 72nd Street.
The letter — signed by Councilman Ben Kallos, State Senator Liz Krueger, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and State Assembly members Dan Quart and Rebecca Seawright — listed several reasons why East 72nd Street deserves select bus service.
"With high bus-dependent populations, infrequent local service, crosstown bus service, hospitals, community support and opening of the Second Avenue Subway with a station at 72nd Street, now is the perfect opportunity to increase ridership by restoring M15 Select Bus Service at 72nd Street," read the letter.
During Wednesday night's meeting the board also voted to adopt a resolution to ask NYC Transit for increased local bus service to the stop for the next six months. Since select bus service was instituted on the M15 line, local bus service has deteriorated, in some cases being four times as slow as before select bus service, according to a press release.
“Residents feel abandoned by our buses. Watching five Select Buses go by what used to be a Limited stop makes seniors with limited mobility feel abandoned as they wait for a local bus that never seems to come,” said Kallos in a press release. “Seniors and children live in one-third of the households near 72nd Street and they must be able to rely on bus service to get where they are going.”
Although the community board was in overwhelming favor of both resolutions, the body is simply advisory. The ultimate decision on whether to extend select bus service to East 72nd Street must be made by NYC Transit.