Select Bus Service, which attempts to speed service by having people buy tickets beforehand and adds new bus lanes, got a ringing endorsement from the architecture critic at the New York Times this week. But its implementation on the Upper West Side starting last week has left a lot to be desired, one tipster tells us.
MTA employees are waiting at the stops on the M86 to tell customers how to buy the tickets, but it hasn’t done much good, the person wrote:
You should have a thread with comments about this new bus.
Although the program has been in effect for over a week, people are still paying their fare ON THE BUS without getting a ticket before they enter.
Does the uniformed MTA worker at the bus stop them from getting on the bus without buying a ticket from the machine on the sidewalk? No, he is standing there staring off into space.
Does the bus driver stop them from putting their Metrocard into the fare box right next to him? No. Not his job.
Why does the farebox on the bus still accept Metrocards?
Furthermore, the machines on the sidewalk already are not all working properly, I have had to wait several minutes for the ticket to appear.
In a week the MTA workers will start giving out a $100 summons to anyone without a ticket. You must go to Brooklyn if you want to contest it.
I predict it will get ugly.
Ugly how? People beating each over the head with fanny packs? MTA employees visibly weeping?
Or just the quiet accusatory glances people tend to give each other on the bus? (Those are terrifying by the way.)