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How does the M15 turn around?

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Looking at the Google Maps view of the 126 St area, it seems that there is no way for the bus to serve 126 Street unless it originates in the depot. Apparently, 1 Av north rises onto an overpass with no way to turn onto 126 Street. The only way to access the block of 126th east of 2 Av would be to turn onto 127th and then onto 126th. If I plug in a trip that involves the M15 passing through the area, the shape shows the bus on 1 Av, then diverting onto the wrong-way part of 1 Av (the extension of 127th south) to serve 126 St.

 

I presume the bus doesn't drive the wrong way, so how does the northbound M15 serve 126th Street?

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Looking at the Google Maps view of the 126 St area, it seems that there is no way for the bus to serve 126 Street unless it originates in the depot. Apparently, 1 Av north rises onto an overpass with no way to turn onto 126 Street. The only way to access the block of 126th east of 2 Av would be to turn onto 127th and then onto 126th. If I plug in a trip that involves the M15 passing through the area, the shape shows the bus on 1 Av, then diverting onto the wrong-way part of 1 Av (the extension of 127th south) to serve 126 St.

 

I presume the bus doesn't drive the wrong way, so how does the northbound M15 serve 126th Street?

 

There's a loop it goes through after 125th that takes it to the depot (126th Street bus stop) after there, it goes onto 2nd avenue. Google maps is not updated.

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On Bing Maps, which is a lot more current, there seems to be a tiny little path that lets it go onto 126 St as follows: 1 Av, right into the path, left onto 1 Av, right onto 126. Is that what it uses? In the birds-eye view, the path looks like it's through the middle of the construction zone.

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The "little path" that you talk about is a connector road near the FDR that allows to M15 to pass under the whole RFK interlock area. The road passes right next to FDR. If you drive up there going southbound, you'll see the 126 st depot to your right, pass under the Willis Av Bridge exit, and then by the next exit (for the RFK br) you might see N/B M15s

 

That's only a rough description though

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The others have it correct, but here's the bonus: How does a southbound trip ending at St. James Place turn around? What about a southbound trip that has Division Street as its last stop?

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For Division St. Does it go straight down to South St & make u-turn? And for St. James does it make a left on St. James, right on Pearl, right on park Row and another right on St. James, left on Madison?

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The others have it correct, but here's the bonus: How does a southbound trip ending at St. James Place turn around? What about a southbound trip that has Division Street as its last stop?

 

For Division St. Does it go straight down to South St & make u-turn? And for St. James does it make a left on St. James, right on Pearl, right on park Row and another right on St. James, left on Madison?

 

St. James short turn doesnt exist anymore IIRC. The only short turn now is the Pike-Division Street short turn, in which the M15 goes straight down to South Street and makes a U-Turn. The old St. James short turn had two options, it either chooses to short turn there and then immediately go to and up South Street then turns onto Pike, or use the little loop thats by the Brooklyn Bridge under the FDR and turn around from there and go back onto St. James Place.

 

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