Eyes on the Street: The Bus Bulb at the Nexus of the Universe

Spotted at the corner of First and First ("the street that intersects with itself"). Photo: Ben Fried

Thanks to @J_uptown for tipping us off to this transit enhancement in the making (and providing the Seinfeld-inspired headline). The fresh sidewalk addition here is a bus bulb for Select Bus Service on First Avenue. When it’s in working order, bus drivers won’t have to pull over to the curb to pick up and drop off riders, and passengers waiting for the bus won’t have to share scarce sidewalk space with passersby. There are ten bus bulbs coming to the SBS route on First Avenue, and two slated for Second Avenue.

Also spotted around the corner: The staging area for the reconstruction of East Houston Street. This project is based on a 2006 plan from the Department of City Planning [PDF], and it includes a number of sidewalk extensions (and, when we last checked in on it in 2009, a buffered bike lane). We haven’t seen the final drawings, but the guys on the crew confirmed that the pedestrian island between Houston and First Street, which is to the left of the big jumble of materials, is going to be much bigger when this puppy wraps up.

I asked the crew what was happening here, and one of them said, "You hate us now but you'll love us when this is done." Photo: Ben Fried
  • Miles Bader

    Yeesh, that looks like enough stuff to build another subway line!

  • chaueche wu

    waste of money.

  • Ben Kintisch

    Mr. Wu
    When we make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists it’s not a waste of money. It saves lives and saves money.
    From,
    Ben

  • Ben Kintisch

    When we plant (bus) bulbs, better bus service can bloom! 🙂

  • Only problem with this is that if one bus is stopped and another comes up behind it, it won’t be able to bus without using the general car lanes. Before it could pass by just staying in the bus lane.

  • BBnet3000

    chaueche wu: Do sidewalks cost more to maintain than a lane of street or parking? I doubt it. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little confused why they’re putting a bus bulb at an M15 local stop (the SBS stop is a block further north). Wouldn’t it make more sense to place them at SBS stops only, so that SBS buses can pass locals in the bus lane while they’re pulled up to the curb?

  • Seth R.

     ohhleary: I think the plan is to move the Select Bus Stop there once it’s done, so that it’s closer to the F train stop.

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