NYC Editorial: Give buses their own lanes: To speed them up and win back riders, carve out and defend their space on streets

Late last month, a group of New Yorkers gathered at 14th St. and Avenue A during the morning rush hour to see if they could walk to Union Square faster than the M14 bus, the city’s third-slowest bus route. Schools were closed, so traffic was light for a weekday. Still, the bus beat the pedestrians by only five seconds.

So it came as no surprise to find out a week later that bus ridership in New York City has fallen 15% since 2012. Who wants to ride on buses that are so slow?