Originally Posted by Rudbeckia
Do you think thats better than getting off the crosstown bus at madison and taking the M4 all of the way to columbia?? Cross town buses are SO slow sometimes.
Yes, it's better. The worst part of the crosstown bus is actually between First and Lexington. Once you are past Lexington, it goes pretty fast.
With the exception of the 79th bus. A couple of times there was a crowded line of school buses trying to get in the parking station at the National History Museum.
But again, switching to the subway is faster than taking the bus uptown, UNLESS you will be doing the crosstown around 110th Street. In this case I would suggest just walking once you cross East-West.
I just went to Columbia last week to meet someone and I took the M86 at First Avenue and it took me a total of 35 minutes from the time I got into the bus to the time I got off the subway at Columbia University.
The bus can be slow but if you are a student it is a perfect time for reading. I used to read the newspapers on the way to Columbia, and I did some reading for classes on the way back.