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BRT Hits NYC

New dedicated lanes and limited-stop buses have entered the transportation picture in New York City.

After years of complaints from the public about poor service and clogged streets, the bus system in New York City is getting an update with a new bus rapid transit line.

"The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) surprised commuters on Manhattan's East Side last fall by launching shiny stretch coaches to replace old grimy buses on the route that links the island's southern tip to East Harlem. The new buses cruise 90 percent of the route in a new "bus only" lane marked by signs warning motorists that they face $115 fines for parking or driving in the path.

The M15 Select Bus Service (SBS) is New York City's version of "bus rapid transit," a Latin American innovation that's being copied around the world. The Manhattan route runs along 1st and 2nd avenues and was first seen as a stopgap measure until a new subway line could be completed, but the city's Department of Transportation says the service is likely here to stay. "

Thanks to The Overhead Wire

Full Story: NYC Tries 'Rapid' Buses in Bid to Cut Transit Costs

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