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New Bus Line Planned for Manhattan's West Side

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The 7 train is expanding to the far West Side, and so is a new bus line that's set to connect the growing number of residents in the transit-starved neighborhood to other parts of town. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

Construction may be booming on the West Side, but the nearest subway line is still a hike or a bus ride away.

"It takes a long time," said one commuter.

Such is the plight of those who live west of Eighth Avenue in a neighborhood that's rapidly on the rise but hungry for more transit options along 11th and 12th avenues.

"It's going to be incredibly developed, all new, all modern. It's going to be a new way of living in this city," said one commuter. "It's going to need a lot more transportation."

Come September, it will get some. The new M12 will run between Columbus Circle and the West Village, with buses going down Seventh Avenue to West 57th Street, then down 11th Avenue as they head to Abigdon Square.

Northbound, the line will stick largely to 12th Avenue before cutting across West 57th Street and up Eighth Avenue to West 58th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Buses will run seven days a week, every 30 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

With the 7 train extension to Hudson Yards set to open next fall, the bus would give locals another option to move from neighborhood to neighborhood.

"This is a hot area, and we need transportation resources for the folks that live there and that want to come to the community," said City Councilman Corey Johnson of Manhattan.

"As we anticipate further waterfront development along that area, it's obviously going to be part of the city where we're going to have to see or meet increased ridership demand," said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesperson Kevin Ortiz.

But what about those buses running every 30 minutes?

"Every half hour? Eh, only so-so. Because I think that's about what the bus schedule feels like," said one commuter. "But yeah, if they can get it going more often, that would be super."

The MTA said service times could be altered, depending on how many people the line serves.

Riders who want a chance to sound off about the proposed bus route will have a chance to do so on Wednesday, May 14, at a public hearing to be held at MTA Headquarters in Midtown.

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