The new busway is running roughshod over stores along 14th St., according to local shop owners and managers.
The Village Sun surveyed stores along the crosstown boulevard between Third and Seventh Aves. the day after New Year’s between 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Many merchants interviewed said the busway has been a bust for their businesses, with sales in their stores down 20 to 25 percent or even more.
The busway, which launched Oct. 3, bans cars from using 14th St. between Third and Ninth Aves. as a through street daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., prioritizing buses, trucks and emergency vehicles. It’s being billed as an 18-month pilot project.