List of bus routes in Manhattan

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An M15 SBS bus passes Madison and James Streets, bound for South Ferry. (photo 2010)

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) operates a number of bus routes in Manhattan, New York, United States. Many of them are the direct descendants of streetcar lines (see list of streetcar lines in Manhattan).

Companies[edit]

Presently, the New York City Transit Authority and its subsidiary Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority operate most local buses in Manhattan. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation operates the Roosevelt Island Red Bus Service on Roosevelt Island.

The first bus company in Manhattan was the Fifth Avenue Coach Company, which began operating the Fifth Avenue Line (now the M1 route) in 1886. When New York Railways began abandoning several streetcar lines in 1919, the replacement bus routes (including the current M21 and M22 routes) were picked up by the New York City Department of Plant and Structures (DP&S). The DP&S began operating several other buses (including the current M79 and M96 routes) in 1921. All of these but the M21 were acquired by Green Bus Lines in 1933; Green transferred several of these to the Comprehensive Omnibus Corporation in 1935.

The New York City Omnibus Corporation began operating replacement routes for New York Railways lines abandoned in 1936, and acquired the remaining Green routes. They also acquired the Madison Avenue Coach Company (former New York and Harlem Railroad lines), Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation (former Eighth and Ninth Avenue Railways lines), and in 1942 the Triangle Bus Corporation (current M21 route).

In 1936, the NYCO and Fifth Avenue were placed under common ownership. The two were merged directly by 1956, when the NYCO acquired the Surface Transportation Corporation (operated former Third Avenue Railway routes since 1941), and changed its name to Fifth Avenue Coach Lines. After a strike in 1962, the entire Fifth Avenue system was transferred to the newly formed Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority.

In 1933, two related companies began to operate routes: the Comprehensive Omnibus Corporation gained several Green Bus Lines routes (including the current M22, M27, and M50 routes), and the East Side Omnibus Corporation started operating former Second Avenue Railroad routes (including the current M15 and M31 routes). The Comprehensive also started the current M66 route that year, and in 1948 the New York City Board of Transportation acquired the Comprehensive and East Side routes, transferred to the New York City Transit Authority in 1953. The M9 route came from the Avenue B and East Broadway Transit Company in 1980, which had begun operating replacement routes for the Dry Dock, East Broadway and Battery Railroad lines in 1932.

Routes[edit]

This table gives details for the routes prefixed with "M" - in other words, those considered to run primarily in Manhattan by the MTA. For details on routes with other prefixes, see the following articles:

New York City Bus[edit]

The M2, M7, M14A/D, M15, M23, M42, M60, M79, M86, M96, M101, M102, M103 and, M104 buses run 24 hours a day. Other bus routes do not operate overnight hours, usually defined as midnight to 5AM. The Manhattan bus routes should not be confused with Megabus routes with similar names originating from Manhattan.

Routes M1 to M20[edit]

Route Terminals Streets traveled Service notes
[1]
Local service
Harlem
West 147th Street and
Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
East Village
East 8th Street and 4th Avenue
at Astor Place (  6   <6>  trains)
  • NB: 4th Avenue, Madison Avenue
  • SB: 5th Avenue
  • Weekend service south of 106th Street discontinued in June 2010 and restored in January 2013.
  • No overnight service.
Limited-stop service
Harlem
West 147th Street and
Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard

AM

PM
East Village
East 8th Street and 4th Avenue
at Astor Place (  6   <6>  trains)
(See M1 Local routing above)
  • Limited stop service operates AM hours to East Village and PM hours to Harlem only.
[2]
Local service
Washington Heights
West 168th Street and Broadway
at 168th Street ( 1   A   C  trains)
East Village
East 8th Street and 4th Avenue
at Astor Place ( 4   6   <6>  trains)

Edgecombe Avenue, Adam Clayton Powell
Boulevard, Central Park North, ...

  • NB: 4th Avenue, Madison Avenue
    (towards Central Park North)
  • SB: 5th Avenue
    (from Central Park North)
  • Local buses operates only in overnight and early morning hours and do not operate while limited-stop buses run.
Limited-stop service
Washington Heights
West 168th Street and Broadway
at 168th Street ( 1   A   C  trains)
East Village
East 8th Street and 4th Avenue
at Astor Place (  6   <6>  trains)
(See M2 Local routing above)
  • Limited stops runs daily except early morning and overnight hours.
[3]
Local
Fort George
West 193rd Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue

Saint Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan Avenue, Central Park North, ...

  • NB: 4th Avenue, Madison Avenue
    (towards Central Park North)
  • SB: 5th Avenue
    (from Central Park North)
  • No overnight service.
  • Service after 10:30PM terminates at 125th St/St. Nicholas Avenue.
  • Service rerouted from St.Nicholas Avenue between 155th and 163rd Streets in September 2010.
[4]
Local service
The Cloisters Museum Penn Station
West 32nd Street and 7th Avenue

Fort Washington Avenue, Broadway,
Cathedral Parkway, Central Park North, ...

  • NB: Madison Avenue
    (towards Central Park North)
  • SB: 5th Avenue
    (from Central Park North)
  • When the Cloisters Museum is closed, buses terminate at the entrance to Fort Tryon Park.
  • No overnight service.
Limited-stop service
The Cloisters Museum Penn Station
West 32nd Street and 7th Avenue
(See M4 Local routing above)
  • Weekday rush hour limited-stop service.
M5
[5]
Local service
Washington Heights
West 178th Street and Broadway
South Ferry
Whitehall Street and South Street
at South Ferry – Whitehall Street ( 1   R  trains)

Broadway, Riverside Drive, West 72nd Street, Central Park South, ...

  • NB: Church Street, 6th Avenue
    (towards Central Park South)
  • SB: 5th Avenue, Broadway
    (from Central Park South)
  • Local buses do not operate while limited-stop buses run.
  • Extended to South Ferry in 2010, replacing entire M6 NB route and M6 SB route south of New York University.
  • No overnight service.
Limited-stop service
Washington Heights
West 178th Street and Broadway
South Ferry
Whitehall Street and South Street
at South Ferry – Whitehall Street ( 1   R  trains)
(See M5 Local routing above)
  • Weekday limited stop service.
[6]
Local
Harlem
West 147th Street and
Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
Chelsea
14th Street and 6th Avenue
at 14th Street / Sixth Avenue ( 1   2   3   F   L   M  trains)

Lenox Avenue, West 116th Street, Manhattan
Avenue, Duke Ellington Boulevard, ...

  • NB: 6th Avenue, Amsterdam Avenue
    (towards Duke Ellington Boulevard)
  • SB: Columbus Avenue, 7th Avenue
    (from Duke Ellington Boulevard)
[7]
Local
West Village
West Street and Christopher Street
East Village
Avenue D and East 10th Street
  • EB: West 10th Street, Saint Marks Place, East 10th Street
  • WB: East 10th Street, East 9th Street, Christopher Street
  • No overnight service.
[8]
Local
Battery Park City
South End Avenue and Liberty Street
Kips Bay
East 29th Street and 1st Avenue
at Bellevue Hospital
East Broadway, Essex Street, Avenue C, Murray Street, West Street
  • No overnight service.
  • Extended north to 29th Street via 1st Avenue from 23rd Street and south to Battery Park City from City Hall in January 2013.
[9]
Local
Harlem
Fredrick Douglass Boulevard and West 159th Street
Columbus Circle
Broadway and West 57th Street
Fredrick Douglass Boulevard, Central Park West No overnight service.
[10]
Local
West Village
Bethune Street and Hudson Street
at Abingdon Square
Riverbank State Park
  • NB: 10 Avenue, Amsterdam Avenue, West 135th Street, Riverside Drive
  • SB: Riverside Drive, West 135th Street, Amsterdam Avenue, Columbus Avenue, 9th Avenue
  • No overnight service.
  • When Riverbank State Park is closed, buses do not serve Riverside Drive.
Harlem
West 133rd Street and Broadway
[11]
Local
Lower East Side
Grand Street and FDR Drive
West Village
Bethune Street and Hudson Street
at Abingdon Square
Grand Street, Avenue A/Essex Street, 14th Street
  • A trips terminate at Abingdon Square except late nights.
  • D trips terminate at Chelsea Piers at all times.
  • Trips alternate between both branches at all times.
  • No overnight service to Abingdon Square terminus.
Chelsea Piers
West 18th Street and 11th Avenue
[11]
Local
Lower East Side
Delancey Street and Columbia Street
Avenue D, 14th Street
[12][13]
Local service
East Harlem
East 126th Street and 2nd Avenue
South Ferry
Whitehall Street and South Street
at South Ferry – Whitehall Street ( 1   R  trains)
(All times)
  • All trips: 1st Avenue (NB)/2nd Avenue (SB), Allen Street
  • South Ferry trips: Water Street
Alternate trips serve each terminal.
Lower East Side
Henry Street and Pike Street
(Days and evenings)
Select Bus Service
East Harlem
East 126th Street and 2nd Avenue
South Ferry
South Ferry – Whitehall Street
( 1   R  trains)
Bus loop
(See M15 Local South Ferry routing above)
  • No overnight Select Bus service.
  • 15 stops along 1st and 2nd Avenues (each way), plus 2 stops in Chinatown and 3 in the Financial District.
[14]
Local
South Ferry
Whitehall Street and South Street
at South Ferry – Whitehall Street ( 1   R  trains)
Lincoln Center
West 63rd Street and Broadway
  • NB: South End Avenue, Hudson Street, 8th Avenue
  • SB: 7th Avenue, Varick Street, South End Avenue
  • No overnight service.
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound

Routes M21 to M79[edit]

Route Terminals Streets traveled Service notes
[15] West Village
Washington Street and Spring Street
Lower East Side
Grand Street and FDR Drive
Houston Street
  • Weekend service discontinued in June 2010, restored January 2013.
M22
[16]
Battery Park City
North End Street and Vesey Street
  • WB: Madison Street, East Broadway, Worth Street, Lafayette Street, Chambers Street
  • EB: Chambers Street, Frankfort Street, Madison Street
  • No overnight service.
M23
[17]
Chelsea Piers
12th Avenue near West 23rd Street
Peter Cooper Village—
Stuyvesant Town

Avenue C and East 20th Street
23rd Street
M31
[18]
Clinton
West 54th Street and 11th Avenue
Yorkville
East 92nd Street and York Avenue
57th Street, York Avenue
  • No overnight service.
[19]
Select Bus Service
Chelsea
12th Avenue and West 34th Street
East Side Ferry Terminal
FDR Drive and East 34th Street
34th Street
  • No overnight service.
  • Select Bus Service started November 13, 2011.
[19]
Select Bus Service
Port Authority Bus Terminal
West 42nd Street and 9th Avenue
Waterside Plaza
  • WB: 34th Street, 8th Avenue
  • EB: 9th Avenue, 34th Street, 2nd Avenue
  • No overnight service.
  • Select Bus Service started November 13, 2011. Known as M16 before then.
M35
[20]
Harlem
East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue
at 125th Street ( 4   5   6   <6>  trains)
Randall's Island and Wards Island Central Road (Randall's), Hells Gate Circle (Wards)
M42
[21]
United Nations
1st Avenue and East 42nd Street
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
12th Avenue and Pier 83
42nd Street
M50
[22]
East Midtown
East 49th Street and 1st Avenue
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
12th Avenue and Pier 83
  • WB: 49th Street
  • EB: 50th Street
  • No overnight service.
M57
[23]
Upper West Side
West 72nd Street and Broadway
at 72nd Street ( 1   2   3  trains)
East Midtown
York Avenue and East 60th Street
West End Avenue, 57th Street
M60
[24]
Morningside Heights
West 106th Street and Broadway
LaGuardia Airport, Queens
All terminals
Broadway, 125th Street, Astoria Boulevard (Queens)
  • Travels between Manhattan and Queens via the RFK (Triborough) Bridge.
  • No late night service to the Marine Air Terminal.
M66
[25]
Upper West Side
West 66th Street and West End Avenue
Upper East Side
York Avenue and East 67th Street
  • WB: East 67th Street, 66th Street Transverse, West 66th Street
  • EB: West 65th Street, 66th Street Transverse, East 68th Street
  • No overnight service.
M72
[26]
Upper West Side
Freedom Place and West 68th Street
Upper East Side
York Avenue and East 72nd Street
72nd Street, 66th Street Transverse
M79
[27]
Upper West Side
Riverside Drive and West 79th Street
Upper East Side
East End Avenue and East 79th Street
79th Street
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound

Routes M86 to M116[edit]

Route Terminals Streets traveled Service notes
M86
[28]
Local
Upper West Side
West End Avenue and West 86th Street
Yorkville
East 92nd Street and York Avenue
86th Street, York Avenue
M96
[29]
Local
Upper West Side
West End Avenue and West 96th Street
Yorkville
1st Avenue and East 97th Street
96th Street
M98
[30]
Limited-stop service
Washington Heights
West 193rd Street and
Fort Washington Avenue
at 190th Street ( A  train)
Upper East Side
East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue
at Hunter College

Fort Washington Avenue, Harlem River Drive, ...

  • NB: Lexington Avenue
    (from Harlem River Drive)
  • SB: 3rd Avenue
    (towards Harlem River Drive)
  • Weekday rush hour service only.
M100
[31]
Local
Inwood
West 220th Street and Broadway
East Harlem
East 125th Street and 1st Avenue
Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue, 125th Street
  • No overnight service.
[32]
Local service
Fort George
West 193rd Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue
East Village
Cooper Square
East 6th Street and 3rd Avenue
at Astor Place ( 4   6   <6>  trains)
Amsterdam Avenue, 125th Street...
  • NB: 3rd Avenue
    (from 24th to 125th Street)
  • SB: Lexington Avenue
    (from 125th to 24th Street)

... 3rd Avenue

  • Local buses do not operate while limited-stop service runs.
Limited-stop service
Fort George
West 193rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
East Village
Cooper Square
East 6th Street and 3rd Avenue
at Astor Place ( 6   <6>  trains)
(See M101 Local routing above)
  • Limited stops runs daily except overnights.
M102
[33]
Local
Harlem
West 147th Street and
Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
Lenox Avenue, 116th Street...
  • NB: 3rd Avenue
    (from 24th to 116th Street)
  • SB: Lexington Avenue
    (from 116th to 24th Street)

... 3rd Avenue

M103
[34]
Local
City Hall
Park Row and Broadway
East Harlem
East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue
Bowery, 3rd Avenue...
  • NB: 3rd Avenue
    (from East 24th Street)
  • SB: Lexington Avenue
    (towards East 24th Street)
[35]
Local
Harlem
West 129th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Times Square
Times Square - 42nd Street
( 1   2   3   7   <7>   N   Q   R   S  trains)
  • NB: 8th Avenue, Broadway
  • SB: Broadway, 7th Avenue
M106
[36]
Local
East Harlem
East 106th Street and FDR Drive
Upper West Side
West 96th Street and West End Avenue
East 106th Street, Madison Avenue (NB)/5th Avenue (SB), West 96th Street
  • No overnight service.
M116
[37]
Local
East Harlem
East 120th Street and Pleasant Avenue
Morningside Heights
West 106th Street and Broadway
116th Street, Manhattan Avenue,
Duke Ellington Boulevard (West 106th Street)
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound

New York Waterway[edit]

Hudson River[edit]

New York Waterway operates shuttle bus routes to/from its West Midtown Ferry Terminal. Service is free.

Peak service[edit]

Terminal Streets traveled
Midtown
3rd Avenue and 57th Street
57th Street
Midtown
Lexington Avenue and 50th Street
Eastbound: 50th Street
Westbound: 49th Street
Midtown
3rd Avenue and 42nd Street
42nd Street
Murray Hill
3rd Avenue and 34th Street
34th Street
Downtown Loop AM: 23rd Street, Broadway, Houston Street, West Street (clockwise)
PM: West Street, Clarkson Street, 6th Avenue, 23rd Street (counterclockwise)

Off-peak service[edit]

All routes operate as clockwise loops.

Streets traveled Notes
50th Street, 10th Avenue, 65th Street, Broadway, 42nd Street
  • No Sunday service
44th Street, 8th Avenue, 57th Street, 5th Avenue, 49th Street
50th Street, 6th Avenue, 57th Street, 8th Avenue, 49th Street
  • Weekday midday service only
42nd Street, 5th Avenue, 34th Street
23rd Street, Varick Street, West Broadway, Murray Street, West Street

East River[edit]

A clockwise "loop" bus via 34th Street, 6th Avenue, 48th Street, and Lexington Avenue operates during peak hours to/from East 34th Street Ferry Landing.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation[edit]

Roosevelt Island Red bus at the tramway station

This route is operated by Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and is the lone unsubsidized route operating in Manhattan. The Red Bus route operates an on-island shuttle bus service from apartment buildings to the subway and tramway lines.

Route and fare structure[edit]

The one-way cash fare is 25¢, and 10¢ for seniors and disabilities.[38]

MetroCard is not accepted.

Route Notes Terminals Streets traveled
Red Bus
[39]
Southbound Octagon Apartments
888 Main Street
Roosevelt Island Tramway station
(East)
Main Street, East Drive
Northbound Southpoint Park Octagon Apartments
888 Main Street
Main Street, West Drive
Octagon
Express

[40]
Weekday morning
rush-hours
Octagon Apartments
888 Main Street
Roosevelt Island Tramway station
(East)
Main Street, East and West Drives

Downtown Connection[edit]

In Lower Manhattan area, a free shuttle service operates daily from 10:00 AM until 7:30 PM, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District (BID), using minibuses. Service is free. [41][42]

Route Terminals Streets traveled
Downtown
Connection
Battery Park City
Warren Street and North End Avenue
South Street Seaport
Water Street and Fulton Street
Warren/Murray Streets, North End Avenue, Vessey Street,
West Street South End Avenue, Battery Place, Water Street

History of the current Manhattan bus routes[edit]

Routes M1 to M20[edit]

Route History
M1
M2
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on February 23, 1901.
  • Northbound buses moved to Madison Avenue on January 14, 1966.
M3
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on February 23, 1901.
  • Northbound buses moved to Madison Avenue on January 14, 1966.
  • Northbound service rerouted away from University Place and 9th Street on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[43]
M4
M5
M7
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation buses route (M22 - 7) replaced New York Railways' Columbus Avenue Line streetcar on March 25, 1936.
  • Northbound buses moved to Amsterdam Avenue on December 6, 1951 and to Sixth Avenue on March 10, 1957.
  • Had limited-stop service until 1993.
  • Southern terminus shifted to Sixth Avenue in 2009.
  • Southbound buses rerouted from Broadway and ran on 7 Avenue in 2009.
M8
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M16 - 13) replaced New York Railways' Eighth Street Crosstown Line streetcar on March 3, 1936.
  • Designated M13 until ca. 1989.
  • Weekend and overnight service discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43] Weekend service restored April 2014.[44]
M9
  • Avenue B and East Broadway Transit Company bus (M9) replaced Dry Dock, East Broadway and Battery Railroad's Avenue B Line streetcar on July 30, 1932.
  • Service rerouted to City Hall via Av C to replace M15 and M21 on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43]
M10
  • Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation bus route (M41 - soon became NYCO's 10) replaced Eighth and Ninth Avenues Railway's Eighth Avenue Line
    streetcar on November 12, 1935.
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M24 - 8/9) replaced New York Railways' Seventh Avenue Line streetcar on March 6, 1936.
  • Routes combined as a one-way pair on June 6, 1954 and kept the number 10 continued south to Abingdon Square, Spring Street and Battery Park City until 1999.
  • South of Penn Station split off into route M20 in 1999.
  • Service south of Columbus Circle ended June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis. Extended 2 blocks down in April 2011.[43]
M11
  • Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation bus route (M42 - soon became NYCO's 11) replaced Eighth and Ninth Avenues Railway's
    Ninth Avenue Line streetcar on November 12, 1935.
  • Northbound buses moved to Tenth Avenue on November 6, 1948.
  • Southbound buses moved to Columbus Avenue on December 6, 1951.
M14A
M14D
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M17 - 14) replaced New York Railways' 14th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on April 20, 1936.
  • Avenue D service added on January 28, 1951; initially from Broadway along 14th Street, Avenue D and Columbia Street to Stanton Street,
    and returning on Cannon Street and Houston Street.[45]
M15
  • East Side Omnibus Corporation bus route (M15) replaced Second Avenue Railroad's Second Avenue Line streetcar and
    began running route (M13) on First Avenue on June 26, 1933.
  • Routes combined as a one-way pair on June 4, 1951 and kept the number M15.
  • Began limited stop service on February 11, 1974.
  • Park Row branch eliminated June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43]
M20
  • Split from M10 in 1999; Original M20 is now M116.
  • Extended to South Ferry to replace M9 on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43]

Routes M21 to M79[edit]

Route History
M21
  • New York City Department of Plant and Structures bus route (M10 - soon became NYCO's 21) replaced New York Railways' Avenue C Line streetcar on September 21, 1919.
  • Extended to FDR Drive and weekend service discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43]
M22
  • New York City Department of Plant and Structures bus route (M1) replaced New York Railways' Chambers and Madison Streets Line streetcar on September 21, 1919.
  • Became M22 in July 1974.
  • Overnight service discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43]
M23
M31
  • East Side Omnibus Corporation began operating bus route (M11) on June 26, 1933.
  • Became M31 in July 1974.
M34
M34A
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M19 - 16) replaced New York Railways' 34th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on April 1, 1936.
  • Main route renumbered M34 in April 1986; M16 renumbered M34A in November 2011.
  • Route converted to a Select Bus Service route in 2011.
M35
  • Originally the TB; became M34 (Randall's and Wards Islands), M35 (Astoria, Queens), and Bx21 in July 1974; combined as the M35 in the 1980s,
    when M34 was applied to the 34th Street Crosstown.
  • Some M35 trips went to Astoria, Queens until September 10, 1995.[46]
M42
M50
  • Originally M3 bus route; Became M27 in July 1974.
  • Weekend and overnight service discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[43]
  • Route shortened from 42 Street to 49 Street and weekend service restored in July 2011.
M57
M60
  • New route in 1992[48]
M66
  • Comprehensive Omnibus Company began operating bus route (M7) on February 15, 1935.[49]
  • Route M7 became M29 in July 1974 and M66 ca. 1989.
  • Overnight service discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43]
M79
  • New York City Department of Plant and Structures began operating bus (M4 - soon became NYCO's 17) on November 30, 1921.
  • Route M17 became M79 ca. 1989.

Routes M86 to M116[edit]

Route History
M86
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus (M5 - 18) replaced New York Railways' 86th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on June 8, 1936.
  • Route M18 became M86 ca. 1989.
M96
  • New York City Department of Plant and Structures began operating bus (M6 - soon became NYCO's 19) on July 1, 1921.
  • Route M19 became M96 ca. 1989.
M98
  • Service south of 68th Street discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43]
M100
  • Surface Transportation Corporation bus (Route M100) replaced Third Avenue Railway's Broadway-Kingsbridge Line streetcar on June 22, 1947.
  • Portion in Bronx split off into Bx20 in 1989.
  • South end extended one block on September 2013 to provide additional service on 125 Street.
M101
M102
  • Route M101A was started in the 1960s or 1970s; became M102 in July 1974.
  • Portion south of Cooper Union split off into M103 in 1996.
M103
  • Former southern portion of routes M101 and M102 split off into new route in 1996.
M104
M106
M116
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus (M20 - 20) replaced New York Railways' 116th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on April 1, 1936.
  • Route M20 became M116 ca. 1989.

Former routes[edit]

Except for early Fifth Avenue Coach Company routes, which were approved by the New York Legislature, all routes were assigned a franchise by the city, numbered in order from M1 to at least M47 and M100 to M106. Most companies used these numbers, but the New York City Omnibus Corporation gave its routes numbers from 1 to 22, and the Fifth Avenue Coach Company used numbers from 1 to 20. The public designations were not changed to avoid conflicts until July 1974.

Fifth Avenue Coach Company[edit]

Designation Route
Public 1974 Current
1[50] M1[51] Fifth Avenue
2[50] M2[51] Fifth and Seventh Avenues
3[50] M3[51] Fifth, St. Nicholas, and Convent Avenues
4[50] M4[51] Fifth Avenue and Fort Washington Avenues
5[50] M5[51] Fifth Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Broadway
6[50] M30[51] M72 72nd Street Crosstown
15[50] M32[51] Q32 Fifth Avenue-Queensboro Bridge-Jackson Heights
16[50] Q89 N/A Elmhurst Crosstown
19[50] M5[51] Fifth Avenue and Riverside Drive
20[50] M28[51] M57 57th Street Crosstown

New York City Omnibus Corporation[edit]

Designation Route
Franchise Public 1974 Current
M25[52] 1/2[53] M1[51] Fourth and Madison Avenues
M21[52] 3/4[53] (M101)[51] Lexington and Lenox Avenues
M23[52] 5[53] (M6/M7)[51] Sixth Avenue
M22[52] 6/7[53] M6/M7[51] Broadway and Columbus and Lenox Avenues
M24 8/9[53] (M10)[51] Seventh Avenue
M41[52] 10[53] M10[51] M10/M20 Eighth Avenue and Central Park West
M42[52] 11[53] M11[51] Ninth and Amsterdam Avenues
M2[52] 12[53] M12[51] N/A Spring and Delancey Streets Crosstown
M16[52] 13[53] M13[51] M8 Eighth Street Crosstown
M17[52] 14[53] M14[51] 14th Street Crosstown
M18[52] 15[53] M26[51] M23 23rd Street Crosstown
M19[52] 16[53] M16[51] M16/M34 34th Street Crosstown
M4[52] 17[53] M17[51] M79 79th Street Crosstown
M5[52] 18[53] M18[51] M86 86th Street Crosstown
M6[52] 19[53] M19[51] M96 96th Street Crosstown
M20[52] 20[53] M20[51] M116 116th Street Crosstown
M40[52] 21[53] M21[51] Houston Street and Avenue C Crosstown
M45[52] 22[53] N/A Pitt and Ridge Streets
M62[52] TB[53] M34[51] M35 Manhattan-Wards Island via Triborough Bridge
MQ25[52] TB[53] M35[51] N/A Manhattan-Queens via Triborough Bridge
BxQ19[52] TB[53] Bx21 N/A Bronx-Queens via Triborough Bridge

Other companies[edit]

Designation Company Route
Franchise Public 1974 Current
M1[54] M22[51] M22 Comprehensive Madison and Chambers Streets Crosstown
M3[54] M27[51] M50 Comprehensive 49th and 50th Streets Crosstown
M7[54] M29[51] M66 Comprehensive 65th Street Crosstown
M8[54] N/A East Broadway Grand Street Crosstown
M9[54] East Broadway Avenue B
M10 see M40[citation needed] Hamilton Bus Corporation Houston Street and Avenue C
M11[54] M31[51] East Side York Avenue
M12 N/A East Side 86th Street and York Avenue
M13[53] N/A East Side First Avenue
M14 N/A East Side First and Second Avenues
M15[51][54] East Side First and Second Avenues
M100[50][51] Surface Broadway-Kingsbridge
M101[50][51] Surface Third Avenue-Amsterdam Avenue
M102 N/A Surface 125th Street Crosstown
M103[50][51] N/A Surface 59th Street Crosstown
M104[50][51] Surface Broadway
M105[50] N/A Surface Tenth Avenue
M106[50][51] M42 Surface 42nd Street Crosstown

M102 only operated from June 29 to July 1, 1947.

Renumbered or eliminated routes since 1962[edit]

Route Major streets History
M6 Broadway and 6th Avenue Merged into M5 on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[43] 7th Av section discontinued.
M8 Grand Street and Broome Street
M12 Spring Street, Prince Street, Delancey Street, and Williamsburg Bridge to Williamsburg, Brooklyn
M13 see M8
M14C 14th Street and Avenue C Eliminated in 2002.
M16 34th Street Renumbered M34A when Select Bus Service on the M34 began in November 2011
M17 see M79
M18
(first use)
see M86
M18
(second use)
Convent Avenue Former Convent Avenue branch of M3. Truncated to Harlem in 1995. Discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[43]
M19 see M96 and M106
M20 see M116
M26 see M23
M27
49/50 Streets Discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[43]
M28 see M57
M29 see M66
M30
East 72nd Street, 57th Street
M32 see Q32
M34 see M35
M41 "Culture Bus Loop I" [55] M41 and B88 Culture Loop buses (I & II) began operating on the Memorial Day weekend on May 26, 1973. Both routes only operated during the weekends and holidays only. Both routes were discontinued after Labor Day on September 3, 1984.
M58 57th Street Replaced the M103 on September 1, 1989; merged with the M31 in 1994.
M101A see M102
M103
(first use)
West End Avenue and 59 Street
M105 10 Avenue and Broadway
M106 see M42
M107 see M96 and M106
Grand Street
Shuttle bus
Service between Canal Street and
Grand Street
  • Operated when the Sixth Avenue tracks of the Manhattan Bridge were closed from 2001 to 2004.
  • Used to provide customers at Grand Street access to Brooklyn.
 3  train
shuttle bus
Service between 135th Street and
Harlem – 148th Street

Operated late nights only as a replacement for IRT Lenox Avenue Line subway service from 1995 to July 2008.[56]

Future routes[edit]

  • M12 –
    • Southbound buses would start at West 58th Street and Seventh Avenue, then travel down 11th Avenue to West 18th Street, then east on West 18th Street to Ninth Avenue, down Ninth Avenue and Hudson Street to Eighth Avenue, then return up Eighth Avenue to go down to West 14th Street, ending near Abingdon Square Park.
    • Northbound buses would travel west on West 14th Street to the West Side Highway, straight up the West Side Highway to West 57th Street, where they would turn east and head to Seventh Avenue and 58th Street.[57][58]

References[edit]

  1. ^ M1 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  2. ^ M2 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  3. ^ M3 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  4. ^ M4 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  5. ^ M5 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  6. ^ M7 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  7. ^ M8 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  8. ^ M9 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  9. ^ M10 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  10. ^ M11 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  11. ^ a b M14A/D bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  12. ^ M15 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  13. ^ M15 SBS bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  14. ^ M20 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  15. ^ M21 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  16. ^ M22 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  17. ^ M23 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  18. ^ M31 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  19. ^ a b M34/M34A SBS bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  20. ^ M35 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  21. ^ M42 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  22. ^ M50 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  23. ^ M57 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  24. ^ M60 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  25. ^ M66 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  26. ^ M72 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  27. ^ M79 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  28. ^ M86 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  29. ^ M96 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  30. ^ M98 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  31. ^ M100 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  32. ^ M101 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  33. ^ M102 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  34. ^ M103 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  35. ^ M104 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  36. ^ M106 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  37. ^ M116 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  38. ^ Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Red Bus
  39. ^ http://www.rioc.com/pdf/TramBusSched.pdf Bus Schedule
  40. ^ http://www.rioc.com/pdf/TramBusSched.pdf Bus Schedule page 2
  41. ^ http://www.downtownny.com/getting-around/downtown-connection Downtown Connection bus service
  42. ^ http://www.downtownny.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/Downtown%20Connection%20Route%20Map.pdf Downtown Connection bus route
  43. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s 2010 budget crisis information, archived 2011-02-25
  44. ^ New York Times, MTA New York City Transit 2014 Service Enhancement Proposals
  45. ^ New York Times, New Bus Service Sunday, January 26, 1951, page 23
  46. ^ New York Times, Coming Transit Reductions: What They Mean for You, August 20, 1995, section 13, page 10
  47. ^ New York Times, Buses to Link 2 Rivers Via 57th St. Monday, March 12, 1937, page 18
  48. ^ New York City Transit - History and Chronology, accessed March 12, 2007
  49. ^ New York Times, Crosstown Buses Start on 65th St., February 16, 1935, page 15
  50. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p New York Times, Listing of Routes Hit by Strike, March 5, 1962, page 47; New York Times, Buses Running, March 23, 1962, page 21
  51. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al MTA Manhattan Bus Map, 1974
  52. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t New York Times, Bus Franchises Vague on Service, March 1, 1962, page 20; New York Times, 5th Ave. Bus Line Sues Quill Union for $37,305,000, March 10, 1962, page 1
  53. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v New York City Omnibus Corporation Motor Coach Routes, ca. 1940
  54. ^ a b c d e f g New York Times, Lines Operating in Manhattan, March 3, 1962, page 24; New York Times, Lines Operating in Manhattan, March 5, 1962, page 47
  55. ^ http://images.nycsubway.org/maps/bus-1974cult1.jpg Former route M41 map and information
  56. ^ http://www.1010wins.com/pages/2665771.php?
  57. ^ http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140210/hells-kitchen-clinton/mtas-far-west-side-bus-route-redrawn-as-locals-call-for-more-buses
  58. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20140411132126/http://web.mta.info/mta/news/hearings/