Slow Going for New Bus Lanes

bus_squeeze.jpgThe Village Voice took a trip down lower Broadway earlier this week to see how smoothly the new bus lanes were flowing. The answer? Despite reports of stepped-up enforcement, change is not coming quickly to the traffic culture of Lower Manhattan — as you can see from the picture at right, which shows a bus trying to lay claim to a spot in the "buses-only" lane.

Photo: Laura Conaway for the Village Voice 

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