New transportation technologies -- self-driving cars, electric vehicles and ride hailing services like Uber -- promise to revolutionize transportation, especially in cities. While there are certainly potential benefits to these technologies, they have been called "solution[s] in search of a problem" because many of the benefits touted by advocates of these technologies are benefits that public transportation, walking and cycling already offer in abundance.
There are 35 high-volume bus routes in the city that clocked in at a speed slower than 15 mph in a survey from transit groups the Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives.
The M66 crosstown bus won the dubious Pokey Award for being the slowest bus surveyed, at 3.1 mph.
“People are thinking, ‘I’m riding on something that’s slow as a turtle,’” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney with the Straphangers Campaign. “And they’re totally right.”