Request to move the bus stop one block north of Duffy Square.
WHEREAS, The traffic lane between 46th and 47th Streets on 7th Avenue in front of Duffy Square is 20 feet wide while regular traffic lanes are between 10 and 12 feet wide; and
WHEREAS, New York City Transit maintains a bus stop for the M6 and M7 buses in front of Duffy Square between 46th and 47th Streets on 7th Avenue; and
WHEREAS, The Times Square Alliance observed this bus stop during the morning and evening rush hours and during parts of the day for the week of July 20-27, 2005 measuring passenger usage of this stop and determining that it was lightly used with some buses skipping it entirely; and
WHEREAS, This extra-wide lane is generally filled up by cars two abreast that must merge back into the smaller lane at the end of Duffy Square, thereby creating a traffic backup; and
WHEREAS, The Times Square Alliance would like to expand Duffy Square 5 feet into the current 20 foot traffic lane to widen the sidewalk and increase pedestrian safety at this location; and
WHEREAS, The Department of Transportation will not permit this expansion for safety reasons if New York City Transit continues to have a bus stop at this location; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges the New York City Transit Authority to undertake a study regarding moving the M6/M7 bus stop at 7th Avenue between 46th and 47th Street to another location, and that the Department of Transportation study expanding the sidewalk by 5 feet to increase the sidewalk area.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 27 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.