Someone has been posting messages on light poles and bus shelters throughout the neighborhood for the past few months bemoaning the sound of automated speakers that say “Caution, bus is turning.” It’s not clear who the person is, and they don’t seem to be getting anywhere with the campaign. It’s not quite clear what “or else” means in the notice below.
West Side Rag reader Richard, who is not the person who posted the notices, tells us the alert is indeed quite loud and several of his neighbors on 79th have complained. “The loudness of the alert is crazy, it often wakes me up and we are all the way on the 3rd floor of our walkup.”
The bus turning announcements were put in place following a series of fatal crashes involving MTA buses a few years ago, according to Thomas DeVito, senior director of advocacy at Transportation Alternatives. Both Transalt and Families for Safer Streets supported the technology that announces that a bus is turning, DeVito wrote.
Sarah Crean, a spokeswoman for Council Member Helen Rosenthal, said her office was not involved in efforts to add the turning announcements, but “we definitely support efforts to increase pedestrian safety.” The office has received 2 or 3 calls complaining about the volume, she wrote.