Tonight: Speak Up for Better 125th St. Bus Service at Bill Perkins Town Hall

State Senator Bill Perkins is hosting an "Emergency Town Hall Meeting" tonight because DOT is proposing Select Bus Service improvements to 125th Street. Image: ##

Spurred by transit activists demanding improvements to 125th Street buses that often crawl slower than walking speed, DOT and MTA have been moving forward with a project to improve bus service along the major crosstown corridor. But last month, State Senator Bill Perkins sent DOT a letter [PDF] in which he said Select Bus Service improvements were a “failure” and demanded that “the agency slow down” the process of bringing better service to bus riders on 125th Street.

Tonight, Perkins is hosting an “Emergency Town Hall Meeting” about buses on 125th Street. DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione will give a presentation, followed by a rebuttal from the 125th Street Business Improvement District, Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York, and members of Community Boards 9, 10, 11, and 12. In his letter to DOT, Perkins said that “issues and concerns” raised by some of these groups “are not being adequately responded to or respected.”

In the meeting flyer [PDF], Perkins says there are “major changes coming soon to 125th Street” and encourages people to “come and share your concerns, opinions, ideas and alternative proposals before it’s too late.” In his April letter to DOT, Perkins did not put forth any suggestions for changes that would provide improvements for bus riders.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at United House of Prayer for All People, 2320 Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Perkins’s office is asking attendees to RSVP by calling his office at (212) 222-7315.

  • HamTech87

    Why would a disability organization be against these changes? It will make non-car mobility so much faster.

  • vnm

    Also why would a business improvement district be against something that will dramatically improve the business climate on 125th Street?

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    Oh Senator Perkins you rapscallion you.

    Let’s review the letter.

    He mentions “Comments gathered through fragmented community outreach efforts should not be the basis for drawing conclusions to reduce congestion on 125th Street.”

    Yet he further says “Contrary to DOT’s reports of success in other areas, 2nd Avenue, 34th Street and Fordham Rd, the feedback that we have received from those local residents merchants and others, indicated dissatisfaction and even failure.”

    Failure of what? The only thing that is a failure is 125th Street, and he wants the DOT to slow down. 125th Street as a whole could not be any more slower. I’ve outwalked buses on this stretch numerous times, they take at least 15 to 20 minutes of your time just to traverse to at least Amsterdam. The plan even preserves a travel and parking lane, plus the fact that adjacent side streets can more effectively and safely serve cyclists and motorists. So I don’t see what more Perkins wants, unless he wants to install a moving sidewalk…

  • Anonymous

    Probably because the business owners own cars and the plan takes away their parking. Apparently, that’s more important than getting more people in front of your business.

  • Anonymous

    125th street is a fucking disaster. It needs fixin. Anybody who claims SBS along 1st/2nd ave hasn’t worked well is a liar.

    Why do these pols think they can just get away with spewing bullshit. Like Weiner claiming PPW Bikelane didn’t have community input.

  • Bronxite

    125th St would be the perfect location to experiment with protected bus lanes.

  • If this ahole doesn’t suggest alternate changes that would accomplish at least the same goals, than I hope he’s tarred and feathred.

  • SBS supporter

    CB9 is against this proposal because it will change one block in their area from alternate side parking to muni meter from Morningside Avenue to Amsterdam Avenue (nevermind that this should have been metered 30 years ago…). CB10 should not mind this proposal because it does not affect parking since 125th Street is already metered from 5th Avenue to Morningside Avenue; but alas CB10 is habitually against all street improvements. The Transportation Committee of CB11 is in favor of this plan but are timid to take a stand. CB12 is not even in this area!

    This is a very good plan:

    All who can should attend. I just called and found out you do not need to call ahead of time. Whether attending or not, please write/email the local elected officials! The DOT, MTA and NYC Transit want to proceed with the M60 SBS on 125th Street as long as they do not receive heavy pushback from the elected officials. So the elected officials need to hear from people who support this plan, not just from a vocal minority who are against it. They are listed below:

    Robert Jackson (NYC Council District 7) 425 West 144th Street, New York, NY
    10031 phone: 212-234-0551 Fax: 212-234-0552 Email:

    Melissa Mark-Viverito (NYC Council District 8) 105 East 116th Street, New York, NY10029 Phone: 212-828-9800 Fax: 212-722-6378 Email:

    Inez E. Dickens (NYC Council District 9) 163 West 125th Street, New York, NY
    10027 Phone: 212-678-4505 Fax: 212-864-4379

    Bill Perkins (NY State Senator District 30) 163 West 125th Street, Suite 912, New York, NY 10027 Phone: 212-222-7315 Fax:212-678-0001 Email:

    Adriano Espaillat (NY State Senator District 31) 5030 Broadway, New York, NY 10034 Phone: (212) 544-0173 Fax:(212) 544-0256 Email:

    Robert J. Rodriguez (NY State Assembly District 68) 55 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029 Phone: 212-828-3953 Email:

    Daniel J. O’Donnell (NY State Assembly District 69) 245 West 104th Street, New York, NY 10025 Phone: 212-866-3970 Online contact:

    Keith L. T. Wright (NY State Assembly District 70) 163 W. 125th Street, Suite 911, New York, NY 10027 Phone: 212-866-5809 Online contact:

  • Andrew

    Actually, those business owners who drive to work probably assume that most, or at least a very significant minority, of their customers also drive to their stores. They’d be surprised to learn that, in fact, the overwhelming majority arrive on foot and by transit.

  • Andrew

    How does State Senator Bill Perkins get around the city? Has he set foot on a bus within the past two years?


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