M15 voted city’s most unreliable bus

Three M15 buses line up alongside a bus stop in front of Stuyvesant Town on First Avenue. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Three M15 buses line up alongside a bus stop in front of Stuyvesant Town on First Avenue. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Last Thursday, NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives bestowed their annual dubious award of “Schleppie” for the most unreliable bus line in the city to the M15, including its Select Bus Service (SBS) option.

The Schleppie, which is represented by two lumbering elephants on a pedestal, was given to the First and Second Avenue Manhattan line because of its tendency towards bus bunching as well as major gaps in service.

The award, which has been given since 2006, goes to any route with an average “wait assessment” greater than 20 percent. This determination is based on official “wait assessments” for “42 high-volume routes,” chosen by Transit. Wait assessment measures how closely a line sticks to scheduled intervals for arrival. Wait assessment becomes poorer the more buses arrive in bunches or with major gaps in service.

Still, the NYPIRG had some words of encouragement for the route, acknowledging that in 2013, the M15 was the most utilized route out of nearly 200 local routes in the entire city. The local and SBS together move 54,310 riders on an average weekday. The report also said Transportation Alternatives was optimistic things would improve once the city implements SBS routes.

“New Yorkers know from bitter daily experience that bus service is slow and unreliable,” said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives. “But there is real hope for dramatic improvement in Mayor de Blasio’s plan to build a rapid network of 20 ‘Select Bus Service/Bus Rapid Transit’ routes.”

The report also went on to say that based on its findings, SBS routes were living up to the expectation of being speedier than locals, while also performing “modestly” better in terms of reliability.

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Stuy Town’s studios hit the market

 

Photo of new studio apartment (Photo from pcvstliving.com)

Photo of new studio apartment (Photo from pcvstliving.com)

By Sabina Mollot

For those looking for a cozy, new apartment facing the East River, the wait is over.

Stuyvesant Town’s new studio apartments on Avenue C have hit the market.

Town & Village reported in September that several new studio apartments were being built in the former management office building and that CWCapital was also adding a few terraces on a total of 11 new apartments.

While all apartments in ST/PCV are technically rent stabilized, those that are renovated aren’t offered at discounted rents and the new studios are no exception. Prices on the new units range in price and are listed as “starting at $3,162” for a 393 square-foot option to starting at $3,420 for a 459 square-foot option. The largest studio is around 500 square feet with the cost starting at $3,273. (It was noted in the listing that these prices include special incentives and offers.) The units feature upgraded platinum finishes, upgraded lighting and most have in-wall (under-window) air conditioning.

Bedroom alcove of studio apartment (photo from pcvstliving.com)

Bedroom alcove of studio apartment (photo from pcvstliving.com)

The in-wall air conditioning has also been popping up at other apartments in Stuy Town in recent months.

The prices and information were listed at Stuy Town’s official website, which also said the apartments would become available on January 1, 2015. Four are located at 315 Avenue C. The other is at 319 Avenue C.

For reference, prices on available one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments in ST/PCV this week range from starting at $3,099 to $3,329.