7 New Platforms To Be Installed On 14th Street Busway

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The next phase in the redesign of the 14th Street busway is rolling out Thursday with platforms that will make boarding easier.

Phase one was all about getting rid of the cars.

In phase two, the MTA will begin installing platforms at seven bus stops on 14th Street between Irving Place and 8th Avenue, with work beginning Thursday at 7th Avenue.

Riders love the new bus way and they like the platform idea too.

"It's a good idea. Whatever will get me to work faster. I like it," one rider said.

"I guess that's a good option, considering there's no more cars, right. As long as there's no more cars, that sounds like a good thing," another said.

The MTA has posted signs informing riders that each platform will take about six days to install and the work will be done in phases.

The MTA  says it could take from 20 seconds to a minute for a bus to stop and then pull back into traffic during peak hours.

The platforms will eliminate that time and free up sidewalk space for pedestrian.

Crews will work on two platforms at a time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and they will take six days to install.

Since the busway's debut last month, crosstown travel time on the M14 has been cut by 30 percent.