This morning, the Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives announced their annual “Pokey Awards” to the slowest moving bus in NYC. The dubious honor went to the M66 crosstown bus this year, a route you definitely want to avoid unless you’re looking for a scenic tour of uptown or a little me time.
According to a survey conducted by transportation advocates, the bus crawls along at mere 3.1 miles per hour between the Upper East and Upper West sides. That's literally about the same speed that a turtle moves. No, literally. The study was conducted along 35 lines in the city with high ridership.
Also awarded today was the organization’s “Schleppie Award” which is bestowed upon routes with gaps in service and bunching. The M1—which runs along the East Side—and the M101/102/103 which sporadically travels between downtown and Upper Manhattan came out on top in that contest in a shocking tie.
Unfortunately, both busses arrived to late to collect their prizes.