Traffic in midtown Manhattan can indeed be maddening. But now, with the upcoming crosstown bus service due to hit its streets, the maddening of Manhattan could well be a thing of the past. In reality, what has happened is that the current bus service has extended to 34th Street, serving around 33,000 people on a daily basis.
The bus service travels in a special lane, specifically designed only for that bus, which immediately cuts out a lot of traffic. Passengers buy tickets at the bus stops and can thereafter board at the front and back. As well, it has been found that this select bus service has taken off 12 minutes from a trip beginning at South Street Seaport and arriving on 12th Street. The service has only been in operation for about a year, where it started on the M15 route, traveling along First and Second Avenues, but since then it has incurred quite substantial growth.