The first, called the “Pokey”award, is for the slowest route and determined by volunteers who ride 34 bus lines that are renowned for their high volume of riders and history of delayed rides.
This year there was a tie for first place—the M66 and M42 buses. Both are crosstown Manhattan routes and had an average speed of 3.9 mph at noon on a weekday.
“The M66 and M42 are excruciatingly slow,” said Gene Russianoff, attorney for NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign. “[They] would lose a race to an amusement park bumper car — and be a lot less fun! A bumper car can go 4.3 miles per hour compared to the 3.9 miles of the Pokey award winning buses.”
In Queens, the Q58 was the 25th slowest bus in the city, at 7 mph, followed by the Q44 LTD at 9.5 mph and the Q27 at 9.9 mph.
Although the Q58 is faster than many other NYC buses, some Queens riders were unhappy with its service.
“I have to leave for work extra early just for the bus. It’s so slow; it takes forever to get to my stop,” said Flushing resident Tanya, a frequent passenger on the Q58.
“The bus is always so inconsistent. It never comes at the same times every day,” said Tom of Fresh Meadows.
The second award given out, the “Schleppie,” which measures how well buses keep to scheduled intervals, and is based off of official transit statistics, didn’t include any Queens buses.
First place went to the M4, which runs from Upper Manhattan to Penn Station on Fifth and Madison Avenues and Broadway. Nearly 30 percent of its arrivals were bunched together or had big gaps in service. Close behind it were the M101/2/3, S78 and S74 lines, all having an unreliability rating over 20 percent.