Props to Metro Rapid

New York actually looks up to part of LA’s public transit system? Way to go, Metro Rapid. From the NY Times:

After watching New York City bus speeds struggle to the point where some Manhattan buses crawl at 4 miles per hour — only slightly faster than the average human walks — transportation planners now think that if they can make buses move even 10 percent faster, they can revolutionize travel in the five boroughs.

That’s right, just 10 percent.

In early May, a group of New York planners will visit Los Angeles to observe a program that has sped up buses there by 22 to 25 percent. The changes include designated bus lanes, straighter routes, easy-to-board low-floor buses, specially marked stations, far fewer stops, the elimination of schedules, and computerized signaling that gives buses priority at intersections.

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New York seriously needs to think about this…not that I’ve ever gotten screwed over sitting on a stationary bus in Manhattan…