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Select Bus Service
Select Bus Service logo.png
New York City Transit NovaBus LFS 1254 M15 SBS.JPG
An M15 Select Bus Service bus operates through the Lower East Side, bound for South Ferry.
Founded 2008
Locale New York City (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island)
Service type Bus rapid transit
Routes
  • 8 bus routes
  • 7 corridors
  • (3 proposed)
Destinations
Stations 130
Fleet
  • All routes except S79: Nova Bus LFS articulated
  • S79: Orion VII hybrid-electric low-floor standard
Operator MTA New York City Bus
Website Official website

Select Bus Service (SBS), marked on the buses as +selectbusservice,[note 1] is a brand used by MTA Regional Bus Operations for bus rapid transit service in New York City. SBS began service in 2008 in order to improve speed and reliability along multiple long, busy limited-stop corridors. The first route to run under the SBS branding was the Bx12 along Fordham Road and the Pelham Parkway. As of May 2014, there are eight SBS routes along seven corridors, with three other routes along one corridor planned in 2014 and 2015.

History[edit]

In conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation, the MTA identified five corridors for implementation of bus rapid transit, one in each of the five boroughs, in late 2004: the Fordham Road/Pelham Parkway corridor in the Bronx, First and Second Avenues in Manhattan, Merrick Boulevard in Queens, Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, and Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island. Four bus priority corridors were also identified for implementation or expansion (three in Manhattan, one in the Bronx): Madison Avenue (expansion), Fifth Avenue, 34th Street, and Webster Avenue.[1][2][3] The Merrick Boulevard corridor was eventually scrapped because of community opposition related to loss of parking.[4][5][6]

The Select Bus Service program was unveiled to the public on March 25, 2008.[7][8] At the time of the announcement, the MTA and the mayor had stated that implementation on other corridors was contingent on the passage of congestion pricing, which ultimately did not make it for a vote in the legislature.

The first Select Bus Service corridor, on the Bx12, was placed into service on June 29, 2008.[9] The next line, the M15, saw Select Service begin on October 10, 2010 after the delivery of new low-floor buses.[10][11] The M34/M34A line was started on November 13, 2011. Initially, a 34th Street busway was planned that would require eliminating 34th Street as a through street, but it was dropped in favor of the standard SBS model. The B44 bus route, the fifth Select Bus Service corridor in the city, was implemented on November 17, 2013 pending the arrival of new fare machines. The S79 Hylan Boulevard/Richmond Avenue route, initially slated to be converted to SBS in 2013, has been moved up to September 2, 2012; the local equivalents of the S79 route are the S78 and S59 buses. A sixth corridor, the second for the Bronx, began service on the Bx41 Webster Avenue route on June 30, 2013; this route was the first "Phase II" SBS route to begin service (the existing corridors plus the B44 comprise Phase I). Another Select Bus Service route on Webster Avenue, which will be extended to run between LaGuardia Airport and Fordham Plaza alongside the local Bx41 route, is proposed for later implemention.[1][3][4][12] A seventh corridor, and the third for Manhattan, the M60, was converted to SBS on May 25, 2014; local service was replaced by other routes running along the corridor.[13] An eighth Select Bus Service route is planned for 2014; this new SBS corridor is to be determined.[14] Select Bus Service on the Woodhaven Boulevard/Cross Bay Boulevard corridor is currently being studied for the Q52 and Q53 routes.[15]

All seven current SBS corridors are enforced by cameras restricting non-buses in these lanes on weekdays where the bus lane is curbside, with the bus lanes marked by red paint. Where the bus lane is an offset lane (that is, one lane away from the curb), non-bus traffic is restricted at all times except for emergencies.[3]

Routes[edit]

Currently, SBS operates on the Bx12, M15, M34/M34A, M60, S79, Bx41, and B44 routes. The "stations" for all are listed below.

Bx12[edit]

This was the first Select Bus Service line placed into service on June 29, 2008 which replaced limited stop service with SBS on this line. Both Bx12 Select Bus Service and Bx12 are both based out of Gun Hill Bus Depot.

A geographically correct map of the Bx12 Select Bus Service route, showing all stations and connections. The actual route is in light blue.
Bx12 Select Bus Service
Bay Plaza
JC Penney
Co-Op City Boulevard
Bartow Mall
Baychester Avenue
early-morning service
when Bay Plaza is closed
Edson AvenueGun Hill Depot
Pelham Bay Park
Eastchester Road
Williamsbridge Road
White Plains Road
Southern BoulevardBronx Zoo
Fordham Plaza
Valentine Avenue
Grand Concourse
Walton Avenue
Jerome Avenue
University Avenue
Sedgwick Avenue
Cedar Avenue
University Heights Bridge
Bronx
Manhattan
Tenth Avenue
BroadwayInwood
Station Direction Connections
Manhattan
Broadway – 207th Street
Inwood
Westbound terminus,
eastbound station

NYC Bus: Bx7, Bx20
MTA Bus: BxM1 (drop-off only)
NYC Subway:  A  train at Inwood–207th Street

Tenth Avenue Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M100
NYC Subway:  1  train at 207th Street

University Heights Bridge
The Bronx
Cedar Avenue Bidrectional

Metro-North: Hudson Line at University Heights
(one block west at Major Deegan Expressway)

Sedgwick Avenue1
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local

University Avenue Bidrectional

NYC Bus: Bx3, Bx12 Local

Jerome / Walton Avenues Bidrectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local, Bx32
NYC Subway:  4  train at Fordham Road

Grand Concourse
Valentine Avenue
Bidrectional

NYC Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx12 Local, Bx22, Bx34
NYC Subway:  B   D  trains at Fordham Road

Fordham Plaza Bidrectional

NYC Bus: Bx9, Bx12 Local, Bx15, Bx17, Bx22, Bx41 Local, Bx41 SBS
Metro-North: Harlem and New Haven lines at Fordham
Bee-Line: 60, 61, 62

Southern Boulevard /
Crotona Avenue
Bronx Zoo
Bidrectional

NYC Bus: Bx9, Bx12 Local, Bx19, Bx22
Bee-Line: 60, 61, 62

White Plains Road Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local, Bx39, BxM11
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Pelham Parkway
Bee-Line: 60, 61, 62

Williamsbridge Road Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx8, Bx12 Local
NYC Subway:  5  train at Pelham Parkway

Eastchester Road
Jacobi Medical Center
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local, Bx31
MTA Bus: BxM10

Pelham Bay Park
Amendola Plaza
Bidirectional

MTA Bus: Bx23, Q50
NYC Bus: Bx5, Bx12 Local, Bx24, Bx29, BxM8
NYC Subway:  6   <6>  trains at Pelham Bay Park
Bee-Line: 45

Baychester Avenue
Bay Plaza Boulevard
Eastbound
Bay Plaza Shopping Center1
Staples / Applebee's
Eastbound terminus,
westbound station

NYC Bus: Bx29, Bx38

Bartow Mall2 Westbound

MTA Bus: Bx23, Q50
NYC Bus: Bx28

Edson Avenue
Gun Hill Depot
Westbound

NYC Bus: Bx26, Bx28, Bx38

Notes:
  1. Sedgwick Avenue stop added as of January 2009.[16]
  2. Bartow Mall stop added as of Spring 2009.[17]

M15[edit]

A geographically correct map of the M15 Select Bus Service, showing all stations and connections. The route is shown in turquoise.
Articulated bus, used on M15 SBS route, on its south terminus.

The M15-SBS began operating on October 10, 2010 which replaced limited stop service with SBS on this line.

Because of Second Avenue Subway construction on the Upper East Side, the southbound 96th Street and 86th Street stations are located at 100th Street and 89th Street, respectively. Southbound transfers from the M15 SBS require walking south to the corresponding streets and vice-verse. Both M15 Select Bus Service and M15 are both based out of 126 Street Bus Depot

M15 Select Bus Service
126th Street Depot
125th Street
116th Street
114th Street
106th Street
100th Street
97th Street
89th Street
86th Street
79th Street
67th Street
57th Street
50th Street
42nd Street
34th Street
29th Street
28th Street
23rd Street
14th Street
1st Street
Houston Street
Grand Street
Hester Street
Catherine Street
Fulton Street
Wall Street
South Ferry
Station Direction Connections
South Ferry
Whitehall Terminal
Southbound terminal,
northbound station

NYC Bus: M5, M20
NYC Subway:  1   R  trains at South Ferry – Whitehall Street
Staten Island Ferry

Wall Street
Water Street
Bidirectional

Downtown Connection: Downtown Loop

Fulton Street
South Street Seaport
Bidirectional

Downtown Connection: Downtown Loop

Catherine Street
Madison Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M22 (eastbound only)

Hester / Grand Streets Bidirectional

NYC Subway:  B   D  trains at Grand Street

Houston Street Southbound only

NYC Bus: M21
NYC Subway:  F  train at Second Avenue

North of Houston Street, southbound service uses Second Avenue and northbound service uses First Avenue
First Street Northbound only

NYC Subway:  F  train at Second Avenue

14th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M14A, M14D
NYC Subway:  L  train at First Avenue (northbound only)

23rd / 25th Streets
VA Hospital
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M9, M23, M34A SBS

28th / 29th Streets
Bellevue Hospital
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M9, M34A SBS

34th Street
NYU Langone Medical Center
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M34 / 34A SBS (M34A westbound only on First Avenue)

42nd / 44th Streets
United Nations
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M42

50th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M50

57th / 58th Streets Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M31, M57

67th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M66 (Eastbound on 68th Street, westbound on 67th Street)

79th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M79

86th Street Northbound only

NYC Bus: M86

89th Street Southbound only

NYC Bus: M86 (at 86th Street)

97th Street
Metropolitan Hospital
Northbound only

NYC Bus: M96

100th Street Southbound only

NYC Bus: M96 (at 96th Street)

106th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M106

115th / 116th Streets Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M116 (at 116th Street)

125th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M35, M60 SBS, M100, Bx15

126th Street Depot Northbound terminus,
southbound station


M34 and M34A[edit]

The M34 and M34A Select Bus Service began on November 13, 2011.[18] These are considered by the MTA as two SBS services, the M34 34th Street Crosstown and the former M16 route, which was renamed the M34A; for the purposes of this article, they are considered a single service.[19][20] The stops are listed below from west to east.

This service used non-articulated Orion 7 hybrid-electric buses between November 2011 and early April 2013, when they were replaced by the articulated buses found on the majority of the other SBS routes. Both M34 Select Bus Service and M34A are both based out of Michael J Quill Bus Depot

M34 & M34A Select Bus Service
 M34 
12th Avenue
Javits Center11th Avenue
10th Avenue
Dyer Avenue
 M34A 
PABT
43rd Street & 8th Avenue
42nd Street & 9th Avenue
PABT
40th Street & 8th Avenue
39th Street & 9th Avenue
37th Street & 8th Avenue
9th Avenue
Penn Station8th Avenue
Penn Station7th Avenue
6th Avenue
5th Avenue
Park Avenue
3rd Avenue
2nd Avenue
1st Avenue
29th Street & FDR Drive
East 34th Street Ferry Terminal
28th Street & 2nd Avenue
 M34 
Waterside Plaza – 25th Street
23rd Street & 2nd Avenue
23rd Street & Avenue C
23rd Street & 1st Avenue
 M34A 
Station Route Direction Connections
M34 only
Twelfth Avenue M34 only Westbound terminal,
Eastbound stop
NYC Bus: M12 (northbound only)
Eleventh Avenue
Javits Center
M34 only Bidirectional NYC Bus: M12 (southbound only)(Under Construction: NYC Subway: 34th Street)
Tenth Avenue M34 only Eastbound NYC Bus: M11 (northbound only)
Dyer Avenue M34 only Westbound NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)
M34A only
43rd Street
Port Authority Bus Terminal
M34A only Westbound terminal,
Eastbound stop
NYC Bus: M20, M104 (all buses northbound only); (M42 at 42nd St)
Port Authority Bus Terminal
NYC Subway:  1   2   3   7   <7>   A   C   E   N   Q   R   S  trains at Times Square – 42nd Street / Port Authority Bus Terminal
42nd Street
Ninth Avenue
M34A only Eastbound NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only); M42
40th Street
Eighth Avenue
M34A only Westbound NYC Bus: M20, M104 (all buses northbound only); (M42 at 42nd St)
Port Authority Bus Terminal
NYC Subway:  1   2   3   7   <7>   A   C   E   N   Q   R   S  trains at Times Square – 42nd Street / Port Authority Bus Terminal
39th Street
Ninth Avenue
M34A only Eastbound NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)
37th Street
Eighth Avenue
M34A only Westbound NYC Bus: M20, M104 (all buses northbound only)
Common Stops
Ninth Avenue Both routes Eastbound
M34 Westbound
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)
Eighth Avenue
Penn Station / MSG
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M20 (northbound only)
NYC Subway:  A   C   E  trains at 34th Street – Penn Station
Penn Station: Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit
Seventh Avenue
Penn Station / MSG
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M7, M20 (All buses southbound only)
NYC Subway:  1   2   3  trains at 34th Street – Penn Station
Penn Station: Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit
Sixth Avenue / Broadway
Herald Square
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M5, M7 (All buses northbound only)
NYC Subway:  B   D   F   M   N   Q   R  trains at 34th Street – Herald Square
PATH: HOB – 33, JSQ – 33, JSQ – 33 (via HOB) trains at 33rd Street
Fifth Avenue
Empire State Building
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, Q32 (All buses southbound only)
NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, Q32 (All buses northbound only) at Madison Avenue
Park Avenue Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, Q32 (All buses northbound only) at Madison Avenue
NYC Subway:  6   <6>  trains at 33rd Street
NYC Bus: M101, M102, M103 (All buses southbound only) at Lexington Avenue
Third Avenue Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M101, M102, M103 (All buses southbound only) at Lexington Avenue
NYC Bus: M101, M102, M103 (All buses northbound only)
Second Avenue Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (All buses southbound only)
First Avenue Both routes Westbound
M34 Eastbound
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (All buses northbound only)
M34A only
29th Street
FDR Drive
M34A only Westbound
28th Street
Second Avenue
M34A only Eastbound NYC Bus: M9, M15, M15 SBS (All buses southbound only)
Waterside Plaza
25th Street
M34A only Eastbound terminus,
Westbound stop
23rd Street
Second Avenue
M34A only Eastbound NYC Bus: M9, M15, M15 SBS (All buses southbound only); M23
First Avenue
VA Hospital
M34A only Eastbound NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (All buses northbound only); M9, M23
Avenue C
23rd Street
M34A only Eastbound
M34 only
Marginal Street
East River Ferry Terminal
M34 only Eastbound terminal,
Westbound stop
NY Waterway: East River Ferry


S79[edit]

An S79 SBS bus at the Staten Island Mall.
S79 Select Bus Service
Staten Island Mall
Marsh Avenue
Ring RoadSears
Ring RoadMacy's
Richmond Avenue – Yukon Avenue
Eltingville Transit Center
Genesee Avenue
Eltingville Boulevard
Richmond Avenue / Hylan Boulevard
Hylan Boulevard / Winchester Avenue
Nelson Avenue
Bay Terrace
Buffalo StreetGreat Kills Park
Guyon Avenue
Tysens Lane
Ebbitts Street
New Dorp Lane
Midland Avenue
Seaview Avenue
Old Town Road / Quintard Street
Clove Road
Narrows Road
Fingerboard Road
Verrazano Narrows Bridge
Staten Island
Brooklyn
92 Street – Fort Hamilton Parkway
Bay Ridge – 86th Street

The S79 SBS route began on September 2, 2012. While the routing was left mostly intact, the S79 had all local service eliminated (local service will continue to be available on the S59 route along Richmond Avenue and the S78 route along Hylan Boulevard), and the route was straightened through New Springville to bypass the Yukon Bus Depot. This route uses rigid 40-foot Orion VII hybrid-electric diesel buses, and does not have SBS off-board fare collection. Riders must pay the fare on board. The S79 Select Bus Service is based out of Yukon Bus Depot [21]

Northbound is towards Brooklyn and southbound is towards Staten Island.

Station Direction Connections
Staten Island Mall
Marsh Avenue
Southbound terminus,
northbound station

NYC Bus: S55, S56, S61, S89, S91

Staten Island Mall
Ring Road - Macy's
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S44, S59, S94

Staten Island Mall
Ring Road - Sears
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S44, S59, S94

Yukon Avenue
Richmond Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S44, S55, S56, S59, S61, S89, S94

Eltingville Transit Center Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S55, S56, S74, S84, S89, X1, X4, X5, X7, X8, X15, X17, X31

Genesee Avenue Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S59, S89, X1, X4, X5

Eltingville Boulevard Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S59, S89, X1, X4, X5
Staten Island Railway at Eltingville

Hylan Boulevard
Richmond Avenue
Southbound

NYC Bus: S54, S59, S78, S89, X1, X4, X5, X24

Winchester Avenue
Hylan Boulevard
Northbound

NYC Bus: S54, S78, X1, X4, X5, X24

Nelson Avenue Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S54, S78, X1, X4, X5, X7, X8, X24

Bay Terrace Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S78, X1, X4, X5, X7, X8, X24

Buffalo Street
Great Kills Park
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S78, X1, X4, X5, X7, X8, X24

Guyon Av Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S57, S78, X1, X4, X5, X7, X8, X24

Tysens Lane Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S57, S78, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X7, X8, X9, X24

Ebbitts Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S78, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X7, X8, X9

New Dorp Lane Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S76, S78, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X7, X8, X9

Midland Avenue Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S51, S78, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X7, X8, X9

Seaview Avenue Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S78, X1, X2, X3, X9

Old Town Road /
Quintard Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S78, X1, X2, X3, X9
Staten Island Railway at Old Town

Clove Road Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S53, S78, X1, X2, X3, X9

Narrows Road Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S78, S93, X1, X2, X3, X9, X10, X14, X15

Fingerboard Road Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S52, S93, X1, X2, X3, X9, X10, X14, X15

Verrazano Narrows Bridge - Staten Island/Brooklyn border
92nd Street
Fort Hamilton Parkway
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B8, B70, S53, S93

Bay Ridge – 86th Street
Fourth Avenue
Northbound terminus,
southbound station

NYC Bus: B1, B16, S53, S93
NYC Subway:  R  train at 86th Street

Bx41[edit]

Bx41 Select Bus Service
The Hub – East 149th / 150th Streets
East 161st Street
East 167th Street – Webster Avenue
East 170th Street
Claremont Parkway
East Tremont Avenue
East 180th Street
East Fordham Road
Bedford Park BoulevardBotanical Garden
East 204th Street
East Gun Hill Road – Webster Avenue
Willamsbridge – White Plains Road

The Bx41 Select Bus Service line started on June 30, 2013. The stops are nearly identical to the Limited service it replaced. They are listed from south to north. Both Bx41 Select Bus Service and Bx41 are both based out of Kingsbridge Bus Depot.[22]

Station Direction Connections
The Hub
East 149th / 150th Streets
Northbound station,
southbound terminus

NYC Bus: Bx2, Bx4/4A, Bx15, Bx19, Bx21
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at 3rd Avenue–149th Street

East 161st Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx6, Bx13
Metro-North: Harlem Line at Melrose
(two blocks west on Park Avenue)

East 167th Street
Webster Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx35

East 170th Street Bidirectional
Claremont Parkway Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx11

East Tremont Avenue Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx36, Bx40, Bx42
Metro-North: Harlem Line at Tremont
(one block east on Park Avenue)

East 180th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx36

East Fordham Road Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx9, Bx12, Bx12 SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx22
Metro-North: Harlem Line and New Haven Line at Fordham
Bee-Line: 60, 61, 62

Bedford Park Boulevard
Botanical Garden
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx26
Metro-North: Harlem Line at Botanical Garden

East 204th Street Bidirectional
East Gun Hill Road
Webster Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx28, Bx30, Bx38

Williamsbridge
White Plains Road
Southbound station,
northbound terminus

NYC Bus: Bx28, Bx30, Bx38, Bx39
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Gun Hill Road

B44[edit]

B44 Select Bus Service
Sheepshead Bay – Knapp Street
Shore Parkway / Emmons Avenue
Avenue X
Avenue U
Kings Highway
Avenue L
Flatbush Avenue
Avenue D / Newkirk Avenue
Church Avenue
Clarkson Avenue
Empire Boulevard
Saint John's Place
Fulton Street
Gates Avenue
Lafayette / DeKalb Avenues
Flushing Avenue
Hewes Street
Taylor / Wilson Streets
Williamsburg Bridge Plaza
A map showing the B44 SBS (in light blue) with rail connections.

The B44 SBS route began on November 17, 2013 which replaced limited stop service with SBS. Initially planned for the end of 2011, then later the summer of 2012, the start date was pushed to November 2013 as the buses for the service did not arrive until early 2013.[23][24] Unlike other SBS routes, this service involved a significant change in route, and approximately 20 current Limited stops were eliminated. Stops are listed from south to north. The elimination of Avenue L from select service, located adjacent to a school, proved to be especially controversial with local elected representatives and community members starting a Petition and calling for its restoration.[25][26] On February 11, 2014, just under three months since its launch, the MTA conceded to community pressure and added Avenue L and Gates Avenue to the SBS route.[27] This Bus is based out of Flatbush Bus Depot.

Station Direction Connections
Knapp Street
Emmons Avenue
Southbound terminus,
northbound station
NYC Bus: B4
Emmons Avenue
Nostrand Avenue
Northbound NYC Bus: B4
Shore Parkway
Nostrand Avenue
Southbound NYC Bus: B4
Avenue X Bidirectional NYC Bus: B36
Avenue U Bidirectional NYC Bus: B3, B36
Kings Highway Bidirectional NYC Bus: B7, B82
Avenue L Bidirectional NYC Bus: B9
Flatbush Avenue Bidirectional MTA Bus: B103, Q35
NYC Bus: B6, B11, B41
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College
Northbound traffic uses Rogers Avenue, southbound traffic uses Nostrand Avenue
Avenue D / Newkirk Avenue Bidirectional NYC Bus: B8
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Newkirk Avenue (on Nostrand Avenue only)
Church Avenue Bidirectional NYC Bus: B35
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Church Avenue (on Nostrand Avenue only)
Clarkson Avenue Bidirectional NYC Bus: B12
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Winthrop Street (on Nostrand Avenue only)
Empire Boulevard Bidirectional NYC Bus: B43
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Sterling Street (on Nostrand Avenue only)
St. John's Place Bidirectional NYC Bus: B45
NYC Subway:  2   3   4  trains at Nostrand Avenue (on Nostrand Avenue only)
Nothbound buses continue from Rogers Avenue to Bedford Avenue
Fulton Street Bidirectional NYC Bus: B25, B49 (from Bedford Avenue only)
NYC Subway:  A   C  trains at Nostrand Avenue (on Nostrand Avenue only)
LIRR: Nostrand Avenue (from Nostrand Avenue only)
Gates Ave Bidirectional NYC Bus: B52
Lafayette / DeKalb Avenues Bidirectional NYC Bus: B38
NYC Subway:  G  train at Bedford–Nostrand Avenues
Flushing Avenue Bidirectional NYC Bus: B48, B57
Southbound traffic continues from Lee Avenue to Nostrand Avenue
Hewes Street Bidirectional
Taylor Street Bidirectional
Bidirectional traffic resumes on Roebling Street
Williamsburg Bridge Plaza
Broadway / Havemeyer Street
Northbound terminus,
southbound station
NYC Bus: B24, B32, B39, B46, B60, B62, Q54, Q59
NYC Subway:  J   M   Z  trains at Marcy Avenue

Notes

  1. Newkirk Avenue/Avenue D added to the plan in 2010.
  2. Hewes Street added in September 2011.


M60 [edit]

M60 Select Bus Service
West 106th Street
West 116th Street
West 120th Street / Broadway
West 120th Street / Amsterdam Avenue
LaSalle Street / Amsterdam Avenue
St. Nicholas Av / Frederick Douglass Blvd
Lenox Avenue
Madison Avenue
Lexington Avenue
Second Avenue
Triborough Bridge 
Manhattan
Queens
31st Street
Steinway Street
77th Street
82nd Street
Ditmars Boulevard
87th Street
94th Street
LaGuardia Airport LaGuardia Airport
Parking Lot 1
Terminal A – Marine Air Terminal
Terminal B – Central Terminal
Terminal C – US Airways Terminal
Terminal D – Delta Terminal

Service on the M60 Select Bus Service route began on May 25, 2014.[28][29] The stops are listed below, west to east. Stops at the eastern end of the route, within LaGuardia Airport, are marked "Airport Stop". Service was to begin in mid or late 2013, but the start date for the route was pushed to May 25, 2014 due to community opposition, citing loss of available parking spaces along 125th Street in Manhattan.[30][31] M60 Select Bus Service is based out of 126 Street Bus Depot

Station Direction Connections
Manhattan
West 106th Street
Broadway
Eastbound station,
westbound terminal
NYC Bus: M104, M116
West 116th Street
Broadway, (Columbia University)
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M4, M104
NYC Subway:  1  train at 116th Street – Columbia University
West 120th Street / Broadway Bidirectional NYC Bus: M4, M104
West 120th Street /
Amsterdam Avenue
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M11
LaSalle Street / Amsterdam Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M11, M100, M101, M104
St. Nicholas Avenue / Frederick Douglass Boulevard
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M3, M10, M100, M101
NYC Subway:  A   B   C   D  trains at 125th Street
Lenox Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M7, M100, M101, M102
NYC Subway:  2   3  trains at 125th Street
Madison Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M1 (northbound only), M100, M101
Metro-North at Harlem – 125th Street
Lexington Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M35, M98, M100, M101, M102, M103
NYC Subway:  4   5   6   <6>  trains at 125th Street
Metro-North at Harlem – 125th Street
Second Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M15, M15 SBS, M100
Triborough Bridge
Queens
31st Street
Hoyt Avenue
Bidirectional MTA Bus: Q19
NYC Subway:  N   Q  trains at Astoria Boulevard
Steinway Street
Astoria Boulevard
Bidirectional MTA Bus: Q19, Q101
77th Street
Astoria Boulevard
Bidirectional MTA Bus: Q19
82nd Street
23rd Avenue
Eastbound MTA Bus: Q33, Q47
NYC Bus: Q48
Ditmars Boulevard - 82nd Street §
Grand Central Parkway Service Road North
Westbound MTA Bus: Q47, Q69
NYC Bus: Q48
87th Street
23rd Avenue
Eastbound MTA Bus: Q33
NYC Bus: Q48
94th Street
23rd Avenue
Eastbound MTA Bus: Q33, Q72
NYC Bus: Q48
LaGuardia
Airport

area
Parking Lot 1 Airport stop MTA Bus: Q70, Q72
NYC Bus: Q48
LaGuardia Airport bus shuttle loop
Terminal D
Terminal C
Terminal B
Marine Air Terminal § MTA Bus: Q47
NYC Bus: Q48
LaGuardia Airport bus shuttle loop
Notes:
  1. The route loops around LaGuardia Airport terminal bus stops and continue operate towards Westbound terminus. There is no eastbound terminus stand.
  2. Passengers traveling eastbound toward LaGuardia Airport must be off the bus by the Marine Air Terminal stop (between midnight and 6 AM, Terminal B), or purchase a westbound fare at fare payment machines at LaGuardia Airport stops.
  3. Bus stops marked with an (§) are not served between midnight and 6 AM, when 82 Street exit (and the airport in general) is closed.


Future routes[edit]

Other Select Bus Service routes are planned for the near future as part of the continuation of Phase II, including neighborhoods underserved by rapid transit and heavily used express bus routes.[32]

Potential corridors for Phase II include:

  1. The Bronx
    1. Webster Avenue/Third Avenue Corridor
    2. Soundview
  2. Queens
    1. LaGuardia/East Elmhurst
    2. Middle Village
    3. Main Street/Utopia Parkway Corridor
    4. Jamaica Avenue Corridor
    5. Southeast Queens
  3. Brooklyn
    1. Utica Avenue Corridor
    2. Nostrand Avenue Corridor

High-volume express bus corridors include:

  1. Major Deegan Expressway (I-87)
  2. Bruckner Expressway (I-278)
  3. Long Island Expressway (I-495)
  4. Gowanus Expressway (I-278)
  5. Staten Island Expressway (I-278)

"Difficult trips" (that is, trips that are difficult to make, and require many transfers) identified by the MTA include:

  1. 125th Street Crosstown Corridor
  2. Upper West Side/Upper East Side/Manhattan Crosstown Corridor
  3. Midtown Manhattan Crosstown Corridor
  4. 14th Street Crosstown Corridor
  5. Jamaica to Flushing Corridor
  6. Bushwick to Downtown Brooklyn Corridor
  7. Eastern Brooklyn North-South Corridor
  8. Central Brooklyn East-West Corridor
  9. Southern Brooklyn East-West Corridor
  10. Hylan Boulevard Corridor

Subway line segments that are at or above 95% of New York City Subway loading guidelines during the rush hour include:

  1. Broadway – Seventh Avenue 2 3 trains
  2. Lexington Avenue 4 5 6 <6> trains
  3. Queens-Manhattan connections: 7, E, N, and Q trains

Areas that are undergoing or may undergo significant growth in housing units and that have limited transit access include:

  1. South Bronx
  2. Queens East River waterfront
  3. Brooklyn East River waterfront
  4. Western Shore of Staten Island

There are also "tiered" corridors based on importance.[33] "First-tiered" corridors include:

  1. LaGuardiaWoodhavenRockaway (Queens)
  2. Hunts PointFlushingJamaica (Bronx–Queens)
  3. North Shore (Staten Island)
  4. Bush TerminalLindenJFK (Brooklyn–Queens)

"Second-tiered" corridors include:

  1. Far RockawayJamaica (Queens)
  2. Sunset ParkJFK via Southeast Brooklyn (Brooklyn–Queens)
  3. East BronxEast Harlem (Bronx–Manhattan)
  4. Mid-Staten Island–Hudson County, NJHolland Tunnel–Manhattan (Staten Island–New Jersey–Manhattan)

As of 2014, none of these routes have been definitely considered, except for the Q52 and Q53 along the Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards corridor.[34][15]

Vehicle branding[edit]

SBS shelter at the westbound White Plains Road station
Ticketing machines used on B44 SBS route

Buses in Select Bus Service have a wrap that identifies them as operating in this particular service. All SBS buses display +Select Bus Service+ in the destination sign. Bus stops where +SelectBusService buses stop are also identifiable with the SBS branding on the glass, and machines for MetroCard and coin payment in or near the shelters (except for the S79 SBS, which does not employ off-board fare collection). In addition, all buses on the SBS services have three doors for easier boarding and alighting with the exception of the S79.

The blue lights on both sides of the destination sign, used to help designate SBS buses, were removed from service in January 18, 2013. The flashing blue lights used on the Select Bus Service were controversial and violated the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (Article 9, Section 375 (41)).[35] NYS Law states "The use of blue lights on vehicles shall be restricted for use only by a volunteer firefighter" and "may be affixed to a police vehicle and fire vehicle, provided that such blue light or lights shall be displayed on a police vehicle and fire vehicle for rear projection only.".[36] MTA Select Bus Service used flashing blue forward projecting lights which violated the New York State VTL. One bus has been retrofitted with a multicolor sign as a test for future SBS signage; while the VTL prohibits flashing blue lights, there is no restriction on what color a solid destination sign may be.[citation needed]

Fare and payment[edit]

The fare for SBS is the same as on all New York City Transit local and limited-stop buses, $2.50, payable with a MetroCard or coins. Boarding procedures for the S79 SBS are the same as those on regular local and limited-stop buses. On all other SBS services, unlike other bus lines in New York City, fare collection for SBS works via a proof-of-payment system. Customers must pay their fare before boarding the bus at pay stations located in bus shelters at the designated stops (for customers using UniTicket, the UniTicket is valid for boarding). Once fare payment is made, one must board the bus at that stop within one hour. Boarding can be done via the any of the three doors, except on S79 buses, where all passengers board from the front door since fares are paid on board. New York City Transit fare inspectors and NYPD police officers randomly check for proof of payment receipts, with those unable to produce one subject to a $100 summons.[37]

In addition, proof-of-payment receipts are only valid for the route that stops at the station at which one boards (i.e., an M34/M34A SBS receipt cannot be used on the M15 SBS). When transferring from one SBS route to another, one must obtain a second receipt from that route's fare payment machines. Free transfers between routes are also provided with MetroCards.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ On buses, the "+select" part of the brand is more bolded than the "bus" part.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aaron, Brad (April 17, 2008). "A Transit Miracle on 34th Street". Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Map of BRT ideas in New York City". Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "MTA Planning – NYC Select Bus Service". Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Higashide, Steven (July 15, 2009). "Staten Island Pols Not Walking the Transit Talk". Retrieved October 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ Weickgenant, Joel (April 12, 2007). "Merrick Parking In Doubt As Rapid Transit Nears". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  6. ^ Staten Island Advance. "Staten Island pols seek meeting to discuss Bus Rapid Transit on Hylan Boulevard". SILive.com. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  7. ^ "NYC's First – And Only? – Bus Rapid Transit Route". March 25, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg, MTA Executive Director and CEO Sander, and DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan Unveil New MTA Select Bus Service (SBS) System". March 25, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  9. ^ Lew, Alexander (June 30, 2008). "Bus Rapid Transit Debuts in the Bronx". Wired.com blog network. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  10. ^ "MTA Bus Company Committee Meeting Materials, July 2010". p. 76. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Select Bus Service – First Avenue/Second Avenue". New York City Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ BRT- Laguardia Airport access http://www.nyc.gov/html/brt/html/other/laguardia.shtml
  13. ^ MTA Capital Milestone Report (2010-2014) http://mta.info/capitaldashboard/pdf/Milestones_Report.pdf
  14. ^ "mta.info | 2014 – 2017 MTA Financial Plan". Web.mta.info. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  15. ^ a b "Bus Rapid Transit". Nyc.gov. 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  16. ^ Rocchio, Patrick (January 16, 2009). "MTA restores Sedgwick Ave. bus stop – CB 7’s efforts add Bx12 route change". Bronx Times. Retrieved January 24, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Bx12 Select Bus Service schedule". mta.info. March 20, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Introducing 34 St Select Bus Service". MTA.info (YouTube). November 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  19. ^ "34th Street Select Bus Service Newsletter 1/July 2011". July 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Select Bus Service Arrives at 34th Street". MTA.info. November 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  21. ^ "MTA Bus Operations Committee Meeting - May 2012". May 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  22. ^ bx41 sbs starting in june 2013 in mta board meeting packet pages 7.6-7.16
  23. ^ . MTA http://www.mta.info/mta/news/books/pdf/130722_1030_Transit_Bus.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ "+selectbusservice Nostrand Avenue/Rogers Avenue Newsletter 1/Summer 2011". Summer 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Commuters want B44 stops restored to new Select Bus Service route - News 12 Brooklyn". Brooklyn.news12.com. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  26. ^ "Assemblywoman Jacobs Urges the MTA to Consider Community Input About the B44 Bus". Ggi.r.mailjet.com. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  27. ^ "MTA Select Bus Service | B44 Nostrand Avenue". Web.mta.info. 2013-11-17. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  28. ^ "Mta Transit and bus committee meeting 2-24 (m60 topics in section 7 pg136-142)". Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  29. ^ Solmonow, Seth. "NYC DOT, MTA and State Sen. Perkins Announce 125th St. Select Bus Service to Start in April 2014, Streetscape Improvements to be Installed Along the Entire Corridor". DOT Press Releases. NY DOT. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  30. ^ Kabak, Benjamin (24 February 2014). "Thoughts on missed opportunities as SBS M60 nears". Second Avenue Sagas. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  31. ^ Miller, Stephen (11 October 2013). "The Abbreviated Plan for 125th Street Select Bus Service Is Back". Streetsblog NYC. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  32. ^ http://web.mta.info/mta/planning/sbs/docs/intro_to_brt_phase2.pdf
  33. ^ http://prattcenter.net/sites/default/files/pratt_rockefeller_brt_nyc_whitepaper_for_web.pdf
  34. ^ "City Planning Underway for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Boulevard | Brownstoner Queens". Queens.brownstoner.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  35. ^ Donohue, Pete (October 18, 2010). "Bright blue beacons on express bus lines may violate state law". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  36. ^ "NYS GTSC – Vehicle & Traffic Law – Section 375 (41)". Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  37. ^ Neuman, William (June 29, 2008). "Riders Will Pay Before Boarding, and Save Time, on Revamped Bus Route". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 

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