The elimination of the M9 bus this summer has caused transportation headaches for our area.
Losing the M9 bus line this summer has caused transportation headaches for many residents in our area. Many of our own readers have voiced their concerns over the loss of the M9 line which was a main artery of transportation for the daily life of many residents.
The effects have caught the attention of City Councilmember Margaret Chin and the Community Board to draft a proposal which was recently presented to the MTA.
In that proposal, Battery Park City Committee have offered a resolution which calls for the extension of the M15 bus line into Battery Park City as well as extending the M22 line from Vesey Street into the southernmost tip of our neighborhood at Battery Place and Little West Street.
According to an article in this week’s Downtown Expresss, “The letter states, “due to the elimination of the M9, people traveling between Battery Park City and other areas of New York City are required to make more transfers, and, seniors, the mobility-impaired, and students particularly rely on buses.”
Compounded by the loss of the W line and consistent service closings due to the construction of the Fulton Street Transportation Hub, Lower Manhattan has been adversely affected. A response from the MTA is pending.
This summer’s cuts to MTA service left many Battery Park City residents in the lurch.Â The M9 bus was an important line to connect residents west of Broadway to points east, including Chinatown and much of the Lower East Side. (Of course, we also lost the convenience of the W train at area subway stops: a loss that, while not of the magnitude of the M9 removal, has added 15 minutes to this writer’s daily commute).
While the W train has waved its last goodbye, is there still hope for the M9?
Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee will be discussing the affects of losing the M9 bus in its next meeting on September 7th.
If you have been affected by the route elimination, please let us know how it has changed your commute — and what you have done to accomodate for the loss of service — by leaving a comment below or by emailing us at [email protected]. We’ll make sure to forward your stories to the committee to discuss during the September 7th session.
Your commute to and from work has forever changed today. After months of forewarning, the transit changes for buses and subways in our area have been solidified.
Here’s what the changes mean for us in the neighborhood
Trains by Station:
1/9 – The 1 line will continue to have interrupted service on the weekends to accommodate the construction of the South Ferry/Fulton Street transit hubs.
W- Completely eliminated.
R-Â The R will replace the stops serviced by the defunct W line.
4/5/6- Unaffected. Service as usual to Fulton St., Wall St., Whitehall and Bowling Green stops.
A/C/E-Â The A/E will continue to have interrupted service on Sundays to accommodate the construction of the South Ferry/Fulton Street transit hubs.
J/M/Z- Reduced train frequencies on the weekends to accommodate the construction of the South Ferry/Fulton Street transit hubs. Bus Routes:
The bus changes will affect our area greatly as stipulated below:
Manhattan Bus Route Changesâ€¨: M1, M6, M8, M10, M11, M16, M18, M20, M21, M22, M27, M30, M42, M50, M66, M98, M100, M104, M116, B39, B51
â€¢Â Â Â M18, M27, M30, B39 and B51: all service will be discontinued.
â€¢Â Â Â M8, M21 and M50: weekend service will be discontinued.
â€¢Â Â Â M1, M8, M16, M22, M50 and M66: overnight service will be discontinued.
â€¢Â Â Â M11, M20, M21, M22, M98, M100 and M116: late night service will end earlier and/or early morning service will begin later.
â€¢Â Â Â M6 service will be discontinued with alternate service provided partially by the rerouted M5.
â€¢Â Â Â M10 service south of Columbus Circle will be discontinued.
â€¢Â Â Â M42 service will no longer operate to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
â€¢Â Â Â M98 service south of 65 St will be discontinued; service will no longer stop inside the George Washington Bridge bus station.
â€¢Â Â Â M104 service on 42 St will be discontinued.
Manhattan Bus Route Restructuringâ€¨: M1 M3 M5 M6
â€¢Â Â Â M5 service will be extended south to South Ferry via 5 Av/Broadway southbound and Church St/6 Av northbound to replaceâ€¨discontinued M6 and M1 service south of 8 St.
â€¢Â Â Â M3 service will be rerouted from 9 St and University Place to 4 Av between 9 St and 14 St.
â€¢Â Â Â M1 service will be rerouted on weekdays to follow the M2 in both directions north of 8 St (5th/Madison/Park Avs)
â€¢Â Â Â M1 service will be discontinued on weekends south of 106 St.
M9 M15 M20 M21
â€¢Â Â Â M9 service will be rerouted from Avenue B to Avenue C to replace M21 and will terminate at the VA Hospital at East 23 St (Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town).
â€¢Â Â Â M9 service will be discontinued along Water St and in Battery Park City and will be extended along Park Row to City Hall replacing the M15.
â€¢Â Â Â M15 service to City Hall via Park Row will be discontinued replaced by the M9.
â€¢Â Â Â M21 service will be discontinued north of Houston St (along Avenue C) and extended along Houston St and the FDR Drive to Grand St (M21 service will not run on the weekends).
â€¢Â Â Â M20 service will be extended to South Ferry replacing a portion of the M9.