MTA to extend M1 bus route south to Worth St.

MTA The MTA plans to extend the M1 bus route south to Worth St. by next spring

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The MTA plans to extend the M1 bus route south to Worth St. by next spring

BY DENNIS LYNCH

The MTA plans to extend the M1 bus route to Worth Street by next spring.

Instead of turning back uptown on Lafayette St. from E. 8th St., the M1 will continue down E. 8th St. and turn downtown on Third Ave., onto Bowery, turn west onto Worth St. and the head uptown on Centre St. to continue onto Lafayette St. and get back to the existing route. The extension is just under a mile long, MTA reps told Community Board 1’s Seaport Committee on Oct. 18.

Committee members raised concerns about how construction further west on Worth St. could affect service and worried that buses could make it dangerous for bikers on Worth Street. An MTA representative said the agency would consider potential service disrupters and will work with other city departments to ensure Worth St. remains safe for bikers, although did not elaborate on particular measures it could take to do so.

One city employee who works at the civic center predicted that court-goers, particularly elderly folks, will benefit the most from the extension.

“With people coming down for court and older people coming for jury duty, you can get right off here and go to the court. You don’t have to walk over from the 1 train,” Dilys Rubizzi said. “And sometimes people like to be outside, they don’t want to deal with the train, like tourists for example, they’ll want to see things and they can hop right off.”

Every other bus will make the extended loop on weekdays and every bus will take it on weekends. The MTA expects buses to run every 16–24 minutes on at weekdays, and every 12–20 minutes on weekends, depending on the time of day. The extension will not alter the frequency of buses on the existing M1 route, an MTA spokesman said.

The extended M1 will supplement the M103 bus that runs on the Bowery and join the M22 during its short trip on Worth Street. It will be the only city bus traveling in either direction on Lafayette Street.

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7 Responses to MTA to extend M1 bus route south to Worth St.

  1. Highly needed route extension, since the M5 is being split into the M5 North of Midtown and the M55 South of Midtown.

    Something must be done with the West Side buses, either the M11 extended to Lower Manhattan or combine the M10 and M20 routes (like before the former M10 ran from Harlem to Lower Manhattan)/

  2. return of M1 to South Ferry. It deserved to be extended to South Ferry. M1 was discountinued to South Ferry due to MTA service cut in 2010. Return M1 to South Ferry make sense.. let extended M1 back to South Ferry. Why was it cut back in 2010. dont know..

    • I definitely agree.

      The only thing is that LIMITED-STOP SERVICE should be eliminated on the M1 while the M2 LIMITED needs to beef up service where a bus arrives every 6 minutes at Peaks and 8 minutes at Off Peak Hours.

      • Leave the M1 limited to where it is. People use the M1 LTD to get uptown quickly. That what the M3 is there for.

  3. May I also bring up low quality service on the M22 – too often the driver leaves Grand St./ FDR before scheduled departure. (Although, that only happens if the scheduled bus actually shown up.) Similar for departures from BPC (at El Vez). I have more comments about other downtown bus routes, but that can keep until a story is done on that topic.

  4. good move, but they dead need to do this somewhat to supplement the m55

  5. However, maybe the M1 should revert to South Ferry during R.H(rush hours) Moreover, these downtown crosstown busses should get changes such as the M21, M22, so on etc.., yet TBH the M1 should be extended to City Hall to supplement the M103. in conclusion, Thre sould be a combination of the M10/20 and even the future m5/55

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