M5 and M55 buses

The M5 and M55 constitute a public transit corridor in Manhattan, New York City, United States, running along the Fifth / Sixth Avenues / Riverside Drive Line as well as the southern portion of the Broadway Line after the discontinuation of the M6. The routes primarily run along Broadway, Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and Riverside Drive from South Ferry, Lower Manhattan to Washington Heights. The M5 covers the northern portion of the route north of 31st Street, while the M55 operates along the southern portion of the route south of 44th Street. The two routes overlap in Midtown Manhattan. The portion along Broadway south of East 8th Street was originally a streetcar line.

The whole line was a single route, the M5, until January 2017, when the M55 was created.

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Fifth and Sixth Avenues Line
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An M5 Orion VII
Overview
SystemMTA New York City Bus
OperatorNew York City Transit Authority
GarageManhattanville (M5)
Michael J Quill (M55)
VehicleDaimler Chrysler Orion VII
Nova Bus RTS-06 (M55 only)
Began service1864 (train)
1893 (streetcar)
1936 (M5 bus)
2017 (M55 bus)
Route
LocaleManhattan
StartM5: Washington Heights – GW Bridge
M55: 44th Street / 6th Avenue
ViaFifth Avenue (southbound)
Sixth Avenue (northbound)
Broadway
Riverside Drive (M5 only)
EndM5: 31st Street / 6th Avenue
M55: South Ferry
LengthM5 SB: 8.5 miles (13.7 km)[1]
M55 SB: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)[2]
Service
Operates4:50 AM – 1:20 AM
Annual patronage2,288,424 (M5, 2017); 667,794 (M55, 2017)[3]
Fare$2.75 (MetroCard or coins)
CashCoins only (exact change required)
TransfersYes (within 2 hours)
TimetableM5 M55
Route map

Washington HeightsG.W. Bridge  M5 
M5 intermittent stops
173rd174th Streets
171st172nd Streets
170th Street
167th Street
165th Street
163rd164th Streets
161st162nd Streets
159th160th Streets
157th Street
M5 local stops
153rd Street
151st152nd Streets
M5 local stops
147th Street
145th Street
M5 local stops
141st142nd Streets
139th140th Streets
137th138th Streets
Manhattanville135th Street  M5 
M5 intermittent stops
135th Street / Riverside Drive
Tiemann Place
122nd Street
119th120th Streets
116th Street
114th Street
112th Street
108th Street
106th Street
103rd104th Streets
100th Street
97th Street
94th Street
91st Street
89th Street
86th87th Streets
84th85th Streets
82nd Street
79th80th Streets
76th77th Streets
73rd74th Streets
72nd Street / West End Avenue
72nd Street / Broadway
M5 local stops
69th Street
68th Street
66th Street
63rd64th Streets
61st Street
Columbus Circle
Central Park South / 7th Avenue
Central Park South / 6th Avenue
58th Street
57th Street
M5 local stops
52nd Street
50th Street
M5 local stops
45th Street
Midtown44th Street  M55 
42nd Street
39th40th Streets
38th Street
36th Street
34th Street
33rd Street
Midtown31st Street  M5 
M55 intermittent stops
27th Street
23rd Street
23rd Street
20th Street
18th Street
17th Street
14th Street
13th Street
12th Street
10th Street
8th Street / 5th Avenue
8th Street / University Place
8th Street / Mercer Street
Waverly Place
3rd Street
Bleecker Street
West Houston Street
Prince Street
Spring Street
Broome Street
Grand Street
Thompson Street
West Broadway
Walker Street
White Street
Franklin Street
Duane Street
Chambers Street
Warren Street
Park Place
Vesey Street
Cortlandt Street
Liberty Street
Rector Street
Morris Street
Bridge Street
South Ferry  M55 
Legend
Local & Limited stops
Local stops
 M5 
Terminus
 LTD 
M5 Limited buses make all stops between 72nd and
135th Streets and north of 157th Street.
 M5 
Select trips begin/end at 135th Street–Broadway.
← M4
M50
M7
M57 →

Route description

Broadway Line

The Broadway line began at Columbus Circle. It runs east along Central Park South one block, and turned right onto Seventh Avenue. It followed Seventh to Times Square, and bore left on Broadway. It followed Broadway to Madison Square, and bore right onto Fifth Avenue. It ran on Fifth along with the Fifth/Madison Avenue Line to 8th Street. Both lines turned left onto East 8th Street (also known as St. Marks Place) east towards Broadway. At Broadway, the Broadway line turned right and terminated at the South Ferry; the Fifth/Madison Avenue Line continued to Fourth Avenue and terminated at Astor Place and Fourth Avenue.

Current alignment

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An M55 Nova Bus RTS-06 bus at its northern terminal in Midtown.

The current M5 and M55 follow a similar route, except the M55 does not run on Broadway north of St. Marks Place after the pedestrian plazas were implemented.

The current northbound M55 route begins at South Ferry and runs uptown on Church Street and Sixth Avenue. Downtown M55 buses run along Fifth Avenue to East 8th Street, where the route cuts over to Broadway and terminates at South Ferry. The northbound M55 runs along Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 44th Street, where it terminates.[4]

The M5 starts at 31st Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, using Sixth Avenue northbound and Fifth Avenue southbound until it reaches Central Park South. This corridor is shared by the M1, M2, M3 and M4 routes, and Sixth Avenue with the M7. There, the M5 runs crosstown along Central Park South (West 59th Street) and uptown along Broadway from Columbus Circle to West 72nd Street, where it crosses over to the southern terminus of Riverside Drive. This Broadway section is shared by the M7 and M104. and 72nd street is shared by the streets M72 crosstown bus route, as well as the M57. The route shifts to Riverside Drive, parallel to Broadway and runs the entire length of the street. This portion is not served by any other bus route. At 135th Street, the bus route goes back to Broadway, where it meets the M4 route continues up that street until Fort Washington Avenue, where the M4 shifts on that street to head to The Cloisters while the M5 continues up Broadway until the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 178th Street.[5]

The M5 Limited, which operates during the daytime, runs limited between 135th and 157th Streets, as well as between 72nd and 31st Streets. Elsewhere, all limited buses make local stops. When the M5 Limited is running, there is no M5 local service.[5] The M55 runs local at all times.[4]

The M2, M3, M4, M5 and M104 are based out of Manhattanville Depot, while the M1 and M7 are based out of Mother Clara Hale Depot and the M55 out of Michael J Quill Depot.

History

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Getting on the Broadway trolley at Herald Square
MTA New York City Bus DesignLine EcoSaver IV (2009)
An M5 DesignLine EcoSaver IV bus in 2009 at LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village, its terminus from 1963 to 2010; the bus has since been retired.

The Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad opened a line from Lower Manhattan to Central Park in 1864. However, south of Union Square, tracks were not allowed in Broadway due to local opposition. Thus the route began in the trackage west of City Hall, jointly owned by the Sixth Avenue Railroad and Eighth Avenue Railroad, and used the one-way pair of Church Street and West Broadway to Canal Street and Greene Street and Wooster Street to 8th Street, north of which both directions used University Place to Union Square. North of Union Square, tracks were built in Broadway to north of Times Square, where it merged with the Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad's other line, along Seventh Avenue, to end at Seventh Avenue and 59th Street.

On May 8, 1884, Jacob Sharp, the owner of the Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad, incorporated the Broadway Surface Railroad to run along Broadway from Union Square south to the Bowling Green. It opened in 1885, and was leased to the Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad. A cable was installed on May 1, 1893, and the Lexington Avenue Line and Broadway and Columbus Avenue Line were also operated by cable as branches. The Broadway Line was electrified with conduit in May 1901.

The Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad was leased by the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad on June 30, 1893, and the lessee merged with the Broadway Surface Railroad and South Ferry Railroad on November 29, 1893 to form the Metropolitan Street Railway. Buses were substituted for streetcars by the New York City Omnibus Corporation on March 6, 1936, as route number 6. That company changed its name to Fifth Avenue Coach Lines in 1956; the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority took over operations in 1962.

When Broadway from 34th Street to Columbus Circle, Sixth Avenue from 34th Street to 59th Street, and Seventh Avenue from Times Square to 59th Street became one-way streets on March 10, 1957, the Broadway-Seventh Avenue route 6's northbound route was shifted to Sixth Avenue between 34th and 59th Streets.[6] When several lower Manhattan streets were converted to one-way traffic on June 3, 1962, the 6's northbound path in the area was rearranged to travel along Greenwich Street, Trinity Place and Church Street.[7] Following the one-way conversions of Sixth Avenue below 34th Street to one-way northbound, and of Broadway between 34th and 23rd Streets and between 14th and Canal Streets to one-way southbound, on November 10, 1963, the NYCO's Sixth Avenue bus (numbered 5) was discontinued and absorbed into the 6, now designated the Broadway-Seventh Avenue-Avenue of the Americas Line, and later M6.[8]

Closures of Broadway in the Theater District south of 47th Street and around Herald Square in 2009 resulted in major changes to the M6's southbound service, with the northern half of the route shifting to Seventh Avenue before returning to Broadway in the vicinity of Union Square.

Meanwhile, the Fifth Avenue Coach Company had been operating its own route 5, the Fifth Avenue–Riverside Drive line, since August 5, 1900. For decades up to the 1962 MABSTOA takeover, its route largely held the same: running from 168th StreetWashington Heights to Washington Square Park, traveling through Fifth Avenue south of 57th Street, then turning onto Broadway through Columbus Circle, turning at 72nd Street towards Riverside Drive on its way to its northern terminus. The only change in the route path was following Broadway's conversion to one-way southbound between Columbus Circle and Herald Square in 1957, requiring the northbound 5 to turn at 57th Street onto Eighth Avenue en route to Columbus Circle.[9]

In the first decade following MABSTOA's 1962 takeover of all Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transit lines, several changes to the M5's route were made. After Washington Square Park was closed to bus traffic on September 2, 1963, its southern terminus (and that of today's M2 and M3) was moved to 8th Street west of University Place, then turning on there to 9th Street towards Fifth Avenue.[10] Next, on November 10, 1963 (the same day the NYCO's 5 was discontinued), the southern terminus of the FACCo's 5 was moved to Houston Street and West Broadway, and its route south of 8th Street extended to Broadway southbound and Sixth Avenue northbound (M2 and M3's southern terminus was moved further east to 8th Street and Fourth Avenue in the vicinity of Cooper Square as part of the same service change).[11] The rest of the 5's northbound route below 57th Street was shifted to Sixth Avenue on January 14, 1966 following Fifth Avenue's conversion to one-way southbound.[12] Then, its northern terminus was extended to 178th StreetGeorge Washington Bridge Bus Station on January 10, 1971.[13]

On June 27, 2010, due to budget problems, the M6 was discontinued and the M5 was extended to South Ferry via Broadway to replace former M1 and M6 service south of Houston Street.[14]

In January 2016, it was proposed to split the M5 into two routes: a M5 "classic northern route" between Washington Heights and West 37th Street in Midtown, and a new M55 " brand new southern route" between Midtown and South Ferry.[15][16] In July, in response to public comments, the proposal was modified so the routes could have a 13-block overlap in Midtown. Under the modified proposal, the M5 would run between Washington Heights and West 31st Street near Penn Station and Herald Square; the M55 would run between West 44th Street, two blocks north of Bryant Park, and South Ferry, starting in January 8, 2017.[17] The new route would provide 88% of M5 customers to have reliable service without transferring, since many customers from both ends wanted to retain service to Midtown (the area between 34th Street and 59th Street). The M5 would continue to have limited-stop service during the daytime, while the M55 would operate local at all times.[17] Other ideas to improve reliability, which included restoring the M5 and M6 to their pre-2010 services and converting the M5 into a Select Bus Service route, were rejected. A three-legged transfer will be provided to M5 and M55 customers along Fifth and Sixth Avenues.[17][18] The M5, and M55 split services began on January 8, 2017.[18]

References

  1. ^ Google (May 8, 2017). "M5" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Google (May 8, 2017). "M55" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures". mta.info. 2011-08-28. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  4. ^ a b MTA Regional Bus Operations. "M55 bus schedule" (PDF).
  5. ^ a b MTA Regional Bus Operations. "M5 bus schedule" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Midtown Gets New Traffic Pattern; One-Way Plan Starts Smoothly—Big Test Will Come Today." The New York Times, March 1, 1957, page 1 (cont'd page 22)
  7. ^ "BARNES TO SPEED DOWNTOWN FLOW; New One-Way Designations on the West Side to Go Into Effect Sunday; BUS ROUTES AFFECTED; Broadway to Go South Only—Truck Traffic Eased Near Union Terminal." The New York Times, May 28, 1962, page 33
  8. ^ New York Times, City to Extend One-Way Traffic To 3 Manhattan Routes Sunday, November 5, 1963, page 1
  9. ^ "Fifth Avenue Coach Company." Motor Coach Age, July 1971.
  10. ^ Kaplan, Samuel. "City to Close Washington Square to All Buses; New Routing to Bypass Park Beginning Monday — Traffic Around Square Will Go Counter-Clockwise." The New York Times, August 31, 1963.
  11. ^ Stengren, Bernard. " 'VILLAGE' TO GET MORE BUS RUNS; 15-an-Hour Scheduling on 5th Ave.-Houston St. Line Will Begin on Sunday." The New York Times, November 8, 1963.
  12. ^ Fowle, Farnsworth. "BARNES SUGGESTS EXPRESS BUS RUNS; Says One-Way Traffic Flow Will Permit New Service on Fifth and Madison." The New York Times, January 17, 1966.
  13. ^ "Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority: The First Ten Years." Motor Coach Age, May 1972.
  14. ^ "2010 NYC Transit Service Reductions - Revised" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 19, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 25, 2011.
  15. ^ "Transit & Bus Committee Meeting: January 2016" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  16. ^ Rivoli, Dan (November 5, 2015). "M5 bus to be split into two routes: MTA". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  17. ^ a b c "Transit & Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  18. ^ a b "The M5 is Breaking-Up!". TransitCenter. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017.

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