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Select Bus Service
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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, New York, United States
Service type Bus rapid transit
Routes
  • 14 bus routes
  • 13 corridors
  • (4 proposed)
Destinations B44: WilliamsburgSheepshead Bay
B46: Bedford-StuyvesantKings Plaza
Bx12: InwoodBay Plaza
Bx41: The HubWilliamsbridge
M15: East HarlemSouth Ferry
M23: Chelsea PiersEast Side
M34: West SideEast Side
M34A: P. A. Bus Term.Waterside Plaza
M60: Upper West SideLaGuardia Airport
M79: Upper West SideUpper East Side
M86: Upper West SideYorkville
Q44: Bronx ZooJamaica
Q70: WoodsideLaGuardia Airport
S79: Staten Island MallBay Ridge
Stations 179
Fleet

S79: Daimler Orion VII
B46 & Q70: New Flyer XD40

Q44:
New Flyer XD60 & Nova Bus LFS Artic
All other routes: Nova Bus LFS Artic
Operator MTA New York City Bus & MTA Bus
Website MTA website • DOT website

Select Bus Service (SBS; stylized on the buses as +selectbusservice) is a brand used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 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 on long, busy corridors.

SBS routes use vehicle-segregated, camera-enforced bus lanes; sidewalk extensions for bus stops; relatively large distances between stops; vehicular turn restrictions along corridors; and next-bus travel information screens. The first route was the Bx12 along Fordham Road and the Pelham Parkway; as of May 2017, fourteen SBS routes run along thirteen corridors. Several more corridors are proposed for Select Bus Service, with three routes planned for implementation in 2017, and one in 2018.

History[edit]

Context[edit]

In 2002, Schaller Consulting conducted a study on potential bus rapid transit services in New York City.[1][2] In 2004, the MTA in conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation and New York State Department of Transportation, performed an initial study on bus rapid transit, with 80 corridors studied citywide.[2][3][4] In late 2004, the MTA identified five corridors for implementation of bus rapid transit, one in each of the five boroughs: the Fordham Road/Pelham Parkway corridor in the Bronx, First Avenue and Second Avenue 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.[4][5][6][7][8] The Merrick Boulevard corridor was eventually scrapped because of community opposition related to loss of parking.[9][10][11]

The Select Bus Service program was unveiled to the public on March 25, 2008.[12][13] At the time of the announcement, the MTA and then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg 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.

Corridors[edit]

The first Select Bus Service corridor, on the Bx12 along 207th Street, Fordham Road, and Pelham Parkway, was placed into service on June 29, 2008.[14] The next line, the M15, saw Select Service begin on October 10, 2010 after the delivery of new low-floor buses.[15][16] 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.[17] The B44 Rogers/Bedford/Nostrand Avenues bus route, the fifth Select Bus Service corridor in the city, was implemented on November 17, 2013 after the arrival of new fare machines. The S79 Hylan Boulevard/Richmond Avenue route, initially slated to be converted to SBS in 2013, was moved up to September 2, 2012; the local equivalents of the S79 route are the S78 and S59 buses.[18] 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 implementation.[5][8][9][19]

A seventh corridor, and the third for Manhattan, the M60 125th StreetTriborough BridgeAstoria Boulevard bus route to LaGuardia Airport, was converted to SBS on May 25, 2014; local service was replaced by other routes running alongside the route of the M60 (the M100, M101, Bx15, and Q19).[20] An eighth Select Bus Service route was planned in the 2014–2017 Financial Plan.[21] The eighth Select Bus Service corridor (ninth route overall), and the fourth in Manhattan, was for the M86 running on 86th Street, which was originally scheduled to start running on June 28, 2015, but pushed back to July 13, 2015; it does not include a major change in stops.[22]

The ninth corridor, and the second for Brooklyn, is the B46 on Utica Avenue. When implemented, the local and Select Bus Service route of the B46 changed northern terminals to improve reliability. Originally planned for implementation in fall 2015, it was instituted on July 3, 2016.[23] The tenth corridor, and the first for Queens, is the Q44 limited bus route running on the Cross Bronx Expressway (Service Road) and Main Street, which began on November 29, 2015. Selected stops in the Bronx were combined into much busier stops for faster service, and some stops in Queens have been replaced by the Q20A/B local routes. As both the Q20 branches do not enter the Bronx and the Q44 ran local late nights only, the Q44 gained 24/7 SBS service between the Bronx Zoo and Jamaica. The Q20A replaced the Q44 local in Queens late nights.[24]

On September 25, 2016, the eleventh corridor (twelfth route overall) and the second for Queens, the Q70, was rebranded as the "LaGuardia Link" and became a SBS route. As opposed to other SBS routes, the Q70 is wrapped in a light blue scheme with clouds and airplanes in order to encourage more people to use public transportation when using the airport. This marked MTA Bus's first SBS route, as well as the second for Queens and the eleventh overall.[25][26][27] The M23, the twelfth corridor (thirteenth route) and the fifth in Manhattan, became a Select Bus Service route on November 6, 2016 with dedicated bus lanes and countdown clocks at some stops, replacing M23 local service at the cost of $1.7 million.[27][28] The M79 became an SBS route on May 21, 2017,[29] with the installation of bus lanes along its route.[30][31] The Bx6, after the completion of bus lanes and widened sidewalks, will become an SBS route on September 3, 2017.[32] Select Bus Service along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards will be implemented on the Q52 and Q53 routes in fall 2017.[33][34] The B82 Limited will be replaced by SBS in 2018. Bus lanes will be installed in conjunction with Vision Zero improvements, such as additional crosswalks and pedestrian islands.[35]

All 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.[8]

Current routes[edit]

Currently, SBS operates fourteen different bus lines on thirteen different corridors. By order of implementation, SBS was placed on the Bx12, M15, M34/M34A, S79, Bx41, B44, M60, M86, Q44, B46, Q70, M23, and M79 routes, and replaced nearly-identical limited-stop service on the Bx12, M15, Bx41, B44, Q44, B46, and Q70 where corresponding local bus service still operates (except on the Q44, which was made from a daytime limited-stop route, with local stops during nights, to a full-time SBS route, and the Q70, which had no local equivalent before the conversion). For the other routes, all service was converted from local to SBS, numerous local stops were combined or omitted. The M60, M86, Q44, Q70, M23, and M79 run at all times.

Bx12[edit]

The Bx12 Limited was the first route to be converted into a Select Bus Service line, the Bx12 SBS. It was placed into service on June 29, 2008 replacing limited stop service with SBS on this line. Both Bx12 Select Bus Service and Bx12 local are based out of the Gun Hill Bus Depot. During late nights, the corridor is served by the Bx12 local service, which operates 24/7.[36]

A geographically correct map of the Bx12 Select Bus Service route, showing all stations and connections. The route is in light blue.
Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
Manhattan
W 207th  / Isham Streets
Broadway
Westbound terminus,
eastbound station

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

Tenth Avenue
W 207th Street
Bidirectional

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

University Heights Bridge
The Bronx
Cedar Avenue
W Fordham Road
Bidrectional

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

Sedgwick Avenue
W Fordham Road[Bx12 1]
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local

University Avenue
W Fordham Road
Bidrectional

NYC Bus: Bx3, Bx12 Local

Jerome / Walton Avenues
E Fordham Road
Bidrectional

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

Grand Concourse / Valentine Avenue
E Fordham Road
Bidrectional

NYC Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx12 Local, Bx22, Bx34
Bee-Line: 62
NYC Subway:  B   D  trains at Fordham Road

Webster and Third Avenues
Fordham Plaza / Fordham University
E Fordham Road
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
Bronx Zoo / Botanical Garden
E Fordham Road
Bidrectional

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

White Plains Road
Pelham Parkway
Bidirectional

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

Williamsbridge Road
Pelham Parkway
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx8, Bx12 Local
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Pelham Parkway

Eastchester Road
Jacobi Medical Center
Pelham Parkway
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local, Bx31
MTA Bus: BxM10

Stillwell Avenue
Pelham Parkway
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local

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 Center
The Mall at Bay Plaza
Eastbound terminus,
westbound station

NYC Bus: Bx5 (Weekend Only) Bx29, Bx38

Co-Op City Boulevard
Bay Plaza Boulevard
Westbound

NYC Bus: Bx5 (Weekend Only) Bx29, Bx38

Bartow Mall
Bartow Avenue[Bx12 2]
Westbound

MTA Bus: Bx23, Q50
NYC Bus: Bx5 (Weekend Only) Bx28

Bartow Avenue
Gun Hill Depot
Edson Avenue
Westbound

NYC Bus: Bx5 (Weekend Only) Bx26, Bx28, Bx38

Notes:
  1. ^ Sedgwick Avenue stop added in January 2009.[37]
  2. ^ Bartow Mall stop added in Spring 2009.[38]

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 Limited became the M15 SBS 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 versa. Originally based out of the 126th Street Bus Depot, since January 2015, M15 Select Bus Service is based out of the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, while the M15 local is based out of the Tuskegee Airmen Bus Depot.

Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
South Ferry
Whitehall Terminal
Southbound terminal,
northbound station

NYC Bus: M20, M55
NYC Subway:  1   2   N   R   W  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   M  trains 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   M  trains 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 SBS, 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 and MTA Bus: M31, M57, Q32, Q60, Q101

67th Street Bidirectional

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

79th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M79 SBS

86th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M86 SBS
NYC Subway:  N   Q  at 86th Street

97th Street
Metropolitan Hospital
Northbound only

NYC Bus: M96

96th Street Southbound only

NYC Bus: M96
NYC Subway:  N   Q  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 Northbound terminus,
southbound station

M34 and M34A[edit]

The M34 SBS and M34A SBS routes began on November 13, 2011.[39] 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; the routes share a single corridor.[40][41] 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.[42] The M34 and M34A are both based in the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot.

M34 & M34A Select Bus Service
 M34 
12th Ave – Javits Center
11th Ave
Javits Center
10th Ave
Dyer Ave
 M34A 
Port Authority
Bus Terminal
(43rd St / 8th Ave)
Port Authority
42nd St / 9th Ave
Bus Terminal
40th St / 8th Ave
39th St / 9th Ave
37th St / 8th Ave
9th Ave
Penn
8th Ave
Station
7th Ave
6th Ave
5th Ave
Park Ave
3rd Ave
2nd Ave
1st Ave
East Side – FDR Drive (
Ferry
Terminal
)
 M34 
29th St / FDR Dr
28th St / 2nd Ave
Waterside Plaza (25th St)
23rd St / 2nd Ave
23rd St / Ave C
23rd St & 1st Ave
 M34A 
Station
Street traveled
Route Direction Connections
M34 only
Twelfth Avenue
W 34th Street
M34 Westbound terminal,
Eastbound stop
NYC Bus: M12 (northbound only)
Eleventh Avenue / Javits Center
W 34th Street
M34 Bidirectional NYC Bus: M12 (southbound only)
NYC Subway:  7   <7>  trains at 34th Street–Hudson Yards
Hudson Park Boulevard
W 34th Street
M34 Westbound
Tenth Avenue
W 34th Street
M34 Eastbound NYC Bus: M11 (northbound only)
Dyer Avenue
W 34th Street
M34 Westbound NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)
M34A only
43rd Street / Port Authority Bus Terminal
Eighth Avenue
M34A Westbound terminal 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   W   S  trains at Times Square–42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal
42nd Street
Ninth Avenue
M34A Eastbound station NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only); M42
40th Street
Eighth Avenue
M34A 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   W   S  trains at Times Square–42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal
39th Street
Ninth Avenue
M34A Eastbound NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)
37th Street
Eighth Avenue
M34A Westbound NYC Bus: M20, M104 (all buses northbound only)
Common Stops
Ninth Avenue
W 34th Street
Both routes (EB)
M34 (WB)
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)
Eighth Avenue / Penn Station / MSG
W 34th Street
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
W 34th Street
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
W 34th Street
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M5, M7, M55 (all buses northbound only)
NYC Subway:  B   D   F   M   N   Q   R   W  trains at 34th Street–Herald Square
PATH: HOB – 33, JSQ – 33, JSQ – 33 (via HOB) trains at 33rd Street
Fifth Avenue / Empire State Building
E 34th Street
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M55, Q32 (all buses southbound only)
NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, Q32 (all buses northbound only) at Madison Avenue
Park Avenue
E 34th Street
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
E 34th Street
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
E 34th Street
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (all buses southbound only)
First Avenue
E 34th Street
Both routes westbound
M34 eastbound
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (all buses northbound only)
M34A only
29th Street
FDR Drive
M34A Westbound
28th Street
Second Avenue
M34A Eastbound NYC Bus: M9, M15, M15 SBS (all buses southbound only)
Waterside Plaza
25th Street
M34A Eastbound terminus,
Westbound stop
23rd Street
Second Avenue
M34A Eastbound NYC Bus: M9, M15, M15 SBS (all buses southbound only); M23 SBS
First Avenue
VA Hospital
M34A Eastbound NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (all buses northbound only); M9, M23 SBS
Avenue C
23rd Street
M34A Eastbound
M34 only
Marginal Street
East River Ferry Terminal
M34 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 Road Sears
Ring Road Macy'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 Street Great 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 and replaced by local service on the S59 route along Richmond Avenue and the S78 route along Hylan Boulevard. The route was also straightened through New Springville to bypass the Yukon Bus Depot.[43][44] This route uses rigid 40-foot Orion VII hybrid-electric diesel buses, and is the only SBS line that does not utilize off-board fare collection. Additionally, it was the only SBS line in the 5 boroughs that did not use 60-foot articulated buses before the B46 SBS was introduced as well as the only SBS line to not have blue destination signs until July 2017. Riders must pay the fare on board, as they do on local, limited-stop, and express buses.[44] The S79 Select Bus Service is based out of the Yukon Bus Depot.[45]

Northbound is towards Brooklyn and southbound is towards Staten Island.


Station
Street traveled
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 BridgeStaten 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 Local and SBS
Gun Hill RoadWhite Plains Road
Gun Hill Road–Webster Avenue
205th Street
204th Street
Mosholu Parkway North
201st Street
Bedford Park Boulevard–Botanical Garden
197th Street
194th Street
Fordham Road
187th Street
183rd Street
182nd Street
180th Street
Valentine Avenue
Tremont Avenue
Cross Bronx Expressway
173rd Street
Claremont Parkway
170th Street
169th Street
168th Street
167th Street
Melrose Avenue / Park Avenue
161st Street
158th Street
156th Street
155th Street
152nd Street
The Hub – 149th/150th Streets

The Bx41 Limited, running along Webster Avenue and Melrose Avenue in the Bronx, was the first route to be converted into a Phase II Select Bus Service line.[46][47] The Bx41 SBS began service on June 30, 2013.[46][47] The stops are nearly identical to the limited service it replaced, and service was expanded from peak hours to seven days a week.[46][47][48] The stops are listed from south to north below. Both Bx41 Select Bus Service and Bx41 were originally based out of the Kingsbridge Bus Depot.[47] However, on January 8, 2017, the line was moved to Gun Hill Depot from Kingsbridge with the Bx12 local and SBS, to ease the pressure, and relieve the severe overcrowding at the Kingsbridge Bus Depot.

Station
Street traveled
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 Third Avenue–149th Street

Westchester Avenue
Third Avenue
Northbound station

NYC Bus: Bx15, Bx21

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
Fordham Plaza, Fordham University
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]

A map showing the B44 SBS (in light blue) with rail connections.

The B44 SBS route began on November 17, 2013, replacing the B44 Limited service with Select Bus Service. 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.[49][50] Unlike other SBS routes, this service involved a significant change in route, and approximately 20 limited stops were eliminated. The elimination of the Avenue L stop, located adjacent to a school, from the SBS route, was controversial, with local elected representatives and community members starting a petition and calling for its restoration.[51][52] 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.[53] This bus is based out of the Flatbush Bus Depot. Stops are listed from south to north.


Station
Street traveled
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
Avenue H
(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[B44 1] 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)
Northbound 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 Avenue Northbound NYC Bus: B38
NYC Subway:  G  train at Bedford–Nostrand Avenues
DeKalb Avenue Southbound
Flushing Avenue Bidirectional NYC Bus: B48, B57
Southbound traffic continues from Lee Avenue to Nostrand Avenue
Hewes Street[B44 2] 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 and Avenue D stops added to the plan in 2010.
  2. ^ Hewes Street stop added in September 2011.

M60 [edit]

An M60 bus in Harlem during the debut of SBS service in 2014.
M60 Select Bus Service
Broadway – 106th St
116th St 116th Street–Columbia University (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
120th St / Broadway
120th St / Amsterdam Ave
125th St / Amsterdam Ave
St. Nicholas Ave / Douglass Blvd 125th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
Lenox Ave 125th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)
Madison Ave
Park Ave
Lexington Ave 125th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line) MTA NYC logo.svg
2nd Ave
RFK–Triborough Bridge
Manhattan
Queens
31st St Astoria Boulevard (BMT Astoria Line)
Steinway St
77th St
82nd St
Ditmars Blvd
87th St
94th St
LaGuardia Airport LaGuardia Airport
Terminal B
Terminal C
Terminal D

The M60 operates between the Upper West Side of Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport, providing crosstown service along 125th Street in Harlem. Select Bus Service was originally scheduled to begin in mid or late 2013, but was pushed to May 25, 2014 due to community opposition, citing loss of available parking spaces along 125th Street in Manhattan.[54][55][56][57][58] Due to its status as an airport connector, buses on the route are equipped with luggage racks.[56][59]

The M60 was based out of 126th Street Depot upon implementation as a Select Bus Service route. In January 2015, the M60 moved to the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot (where most Manhattan crosstown routes are based out of) due to the closing of the 126th Street Depot. The stops are listed below, west to east; stops at the eastern end of the route, within LaGuardia Airport, are marked "Airport Stop".


Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
Manhattan
West 106th Street
Broadway
Eastbound station,
westbound terminal
NYC Bus: M104, M116
West 116th Street
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 / Douglass Boulevard
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M3, M10, M100, M101
NYC Subway:  A   C   B   D  trains at 125th Street
Lenox Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M1 (southbound only at Fifth Avenue), M7, M100, M101, M102
NYC Subway:  2   3  trains at 125th Street
Madison Avenue / Park Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M1 (northbound only; southbound at Fifth Avenue), M98 (southbound only), M100, M101
Metro-North at Harlem–125th Street
Lexington Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M35, M98 (northbound only at Third Avenue), M100, M101, 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   W  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
Terminal B Airport stop MTA Bus: Q70 SBS, Q72
NYC Bus: Q48
LGA Shuttle Bus
Terminal D
Terminal C
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 Terminal C stop, 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 the 82nd Street exit (and the airport in general) is closed.

M86[edit]

An M86 SBS during the debut of SBS service in 2015.

The M86 bus, running crosstown along 86th Street in Manhattan, was identified as a potential bus rapid transit corridor in 2009.[60] The M86 SBS route debuted on July 13, 2015.[22][61] It was the fourth corridor in Manhattan and the fifth Manhattan bus line to have Select Bus Service.[62] The M86 SBS is based out of the Tuskegee Airmen Depot.

A geographically correct map of the M86 Select Bus Service route, showing all stations and connections. The route is in light blue.
Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
East 92nd Street
York Avenue
Westbound station

NYC Bus: M31

1st Avenue
East 91st Street
Eastbound terminus

NYC Bus: M15 (northbound only), M31

York Avenue
East 91st Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M31

York Avenue
East 88th 89th Streets
Eastbound

NYC Bus: M31

York Avenue
East 87th / 86th Streets
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M31

East 86th Street
1st Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (northbound only)

East 86th Street
2nd Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (southbound only)
NYC Subway:  N   Q  at 86th Street

East 86th Street
3rd Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M98, M101, M102, M103 (All buses northbound only)

East 86th Street
Lexington Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M98, M101, M102, M103 (All buses southbound only)
NYC Subway:  4   5   6   <6>  trains at 86th Street

East 86th Street
Madison Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 (All buses northbound only)

East 86th Street
5th Avenue
Westbound

NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 (All buses southbound only)

East 84th Street
5th Avenue
Eastbound

NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 (All buses southbound only)

Central Park Police Precinct
86th Street Transverse Road
Bidirectional Note: This stop has no fare machines, thus riders boarding here must obtain proof of fare payment receipt at the next stop (Central Park West or Fifth Ave depending on direction of travel).
West 86th Street
Central Park West
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M10
NYC Subway:  A   B   C  trains at 86th Street

West 86th Street
Columbus Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M7, M11 (All buses southbound only)

West 86th Street
Amsterdam Avenue
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M7, M11 (All buses northbound only)
West 86th Street
Broadway
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M104
NYC Subway:  1   2  trains at 86th Street

West 87th Street
West End Avenue
Western terminus

Q44[edit]

A Q44 terminating near the Bronx Zoo during the debut of SBS service in 2015.

In 2015, the Main Street corridor, along with the parallel Kissena/Parsons Boulevards corridor and the 164th Street corridor, was studied by the NYC Department of Transportation for the implementation of SBS between Flushing and Jamaica, Queens. The Q44 Limited route, which formerly made limited stops only during the day, was planned for conversion into a full-time bus rapid transit line, with local service continuing to be provided by the parallel Q20A/B services.[63][64][65][66]

The Q44 SBS was approved in June 2015, with no changes from the original routing, which runs between Queens and the Bronx.[64] Due to community opposition, bus lanes were only installed on a small portion of the route between Roosevelt Avenue and the Long Island Expressway in Downtown Flushing and Queensboro Hill, and on Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica;[63][67][66][68] portions of the Archer Avenue lanes were installed before the implementation of SBS.[69] The route began service on November 29, 2015. The Q44 is the first Q-prefixed route to have Select Bus Service, which replaces both the Q44 late-night local and daytime limited-stop buses; local bus service in Queens is provided by the Q20A/B, while there is no local equivalent in the Bronx. The Q20A/B and the Q44 SBS are based out of the Casey Stengel Depot.[70]

Q44 Select Bus Service
West Farms SquareBronx Zoo
E 180 St/Devoe Av Terminus from Queens
Boston Rd/E 180 St First stop to Queens
E Tremont Av/Boston Road
Devoe Av/Wyatt St
CBE/Rosedale Av
CBE/Commonwealth Av
CBE/Beach Av
CBE/Taylor Av
Westchester Av/Virginia Av
Hugh Grant Circle/Metropolitan Av
CBE/Newbold Av
CBE/Pugsley Av
CBE/Castle Hill Av
CBE/Haviland Av
CBE/Zerega Av Northbound: Discharge only
Brush Av/Bruckner Blvd
Hutchinson River Parkway/Lafayette Av
Bronx–Whitestone Bridge
The Bronx
Queens
Parsons Blvd/14 Av
Parsons Blvd/20 Av
Union St/26 Av
Union St/31 Rd
Union St/Bayside Av
Union St/35 Av
Main St/38 Av Pick-up only
Main St/39 Av Northbound: Discharge only
Main St/41 Av/Kissena Boulevard
Main St/Elder Av
Main St/Booth Memorial Av
Main St/Horace Harding Expressway
Main St/63 Av/146 St/Reeves Av
Main St/Melbourne Av
Main St/Jewel Av
Main St/73 Av
Main St/Union Turnpike
Main St/139 St
Main St/Manton St
Queens Boulevard/Main St
Sutphin Blvd/Hillside Av
Sutphin Blvd/Jamaica Avenue
Archer Av/Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica Center Bus Terminal
Merrick Boulevard/Jamaica-Archer Avenues
Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
The Bronx
East 180th Street / Devoe Avenue
Bronx Zoo
Northern terminus NYC Bus: Bx9, Bx36
Boston Road / East 180th Street Southbound station
East Tremont Avenue / East 177th Street Southbound

NYC Bus: Bx9, Bx21, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue

Devoe Av / Wyatt Street Northbound
Rosedale / Commomwealth Avenues
(Cross Bronx Expressway)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx36

Beach Avenue
(Cross Bronx Expressway)
Southbound

NYC Bus: Bx36

Taylor Avenue
(Cross Bronx Expressway)
Northbound

NYC Bus: Bx36

Westchester / Virginia Avenues
Hugh J. Grant Circle
Southbound

NYC Bus: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx36, Bx39
MTA Bus: BxM6
NYC Subway:  6   <6>  trains at Parkchester

Metropolitan Avenue
Hugh J. Grant Circle
Northbound
Newbold Avenue
(Cross Bronx Expressway)
Northbound
Pugsley Avenue
(Cross Bronx Expressway)
Southbound
Haviland Avenue
(Cross Bronx Expressway)
Northbound

NYC Bus: Bx22 at Castle Hill Avenue

Castle Hill Avenue
(Cross Bronx Expressway)
Southbound

NYC Bus: Bx22

Zerega Avenue
(Cross Bronx Expressway)
Northbound

Note: This northbound Bronx bus stop is for drop-offs only.

Brush Avenue
(Bruckner Boulevard)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx5
MTA Bus: Q50

Lafayette Avenue
(Hutchinson River Parkway)
Bidirectional

MTA Bus: Q50

Bronx–Whitestone Bridge
Queens
14th Avenue
(Parsons Boulevard)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20B, Q76

20th Avenue
(Parsons Boulevard)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q76

26th Avenue
(Union Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B
MTA Bus: Q34

31st Road / Bayside Avenue
(Union Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q16

35th Avenue
(Union Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q27, Q50
MTA Bus: Q25, Q34

38th / 39th Avenues
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q48
MTA Bus: Q19, Q25, Q34, Q50, Q65, Q66, QM3

NICE Bus: n20G
NYC Subway:  7   <7>  trains at Flushing–Main Street
Note: The northbound stop at 38th Avenue is for pick-ups only, while the northbound stop at 39th Avenue is for drop-offs only.

41st Avenue / Kissena Boulevard
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q27, Q58
MTA Bus: Q25, Q34, Q65
NICE Bus: n20G
LIRR: Port Washington Branch at Flushing–Main Street

Elder Avenue
Queens Botanical Garden
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B

Booth Memorial Avenue
NewYork–Presbyterian/Queens
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B

Horace Harding Expressway / 60th Avenue
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q88

146th Street / 63rd Avenue
Queens College
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B

Melbourne Avenue
Queens College
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B

Jewel Avenue
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B
MTA Bus: Q64, QM4

73rd Avenue
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B

Union Turnpike
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q46
MTA Bus: QM1, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8, QM31, QM35, QM36

139th Street
Archbishop Molloy High School
(Main Street)
Southbound

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B

Queens Boulevard / Manton Street
(Main Street)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, X63, X64, X68
MTA Bus: Q60, QM21
NYC Subway:  E   F  trains at Briarwood
Note: Bronx-bound buses stop at Main Street and Manton Street; Jamaica-bound buses stop at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive near Main Street.

Hillside Avenue
(Sutphin Boulevard)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q43, X68
NYC Subway:  F  train at Sutphin Boulevard

Jamaica Avenue
(Sutphin Boulevard)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q43, Q54, Q56 (Q30, Q31 westbound only)
MTA Bus: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q25, Q34, Q40, Q41, Q60, Q65

Sutphin Boulevard
(Archer Avenue)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q43, Q54, Q56 (Q24, Q30, Q31 eastbound only)
MTA Bus: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q25, Q34, Q40, Q41, Q60, Q65
NYC Subway:  E   J   Z  trains at Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport
LIRR / AirTrain JFK: Jamaica

153rd / 158th Streets
Jamaica Center Bus Terminal
(Archer Avenue)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q4, Q5, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q42, Q54, Q56, Q83, Q84, Q85
MTA Bus: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q25, Q34, Q41, Q65, Q110, Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114
NICE Bus: n4, n4X
NYC Subway:  E   J   Z  trains at Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer

Merrick Boulevard
(Archer Avenue)
Southern terminus,
northbound station

NYC Bus: Q4, Q5, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q84, Q85
NICE Bus: n4

At 165th Street Bus Terminal:
NYC Bus: Q1, Q2, Q3, Q17, Q30, Q31, Q36, Q76, Q77
MTA Bus: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q41
NICE Bus: n1, n6, n22, n24, n26

B46[edit]

B46 Local and SBS
WB Plaza  B46  northern terminus
Local only
Marcy Avenue
Hooper Street
Heyward Street
Lorimer Street
Gerry Street
Thornton Street
Flushing Avenue
Park Avenue
Myrtle Avenue
Willoughby Avenue
Broadway / Malcolm X Boulevard
 B46 SBS  northern terminus
DeKalb Avenue B46 local
DeKalb Avenue B46 SBS
Lafayette Avenue
Greene Avenue
Gates Avenue
Madison Street
Halsey Street
Decatur Street
Fulton Street/Malcolm X Boulevard
Fulton Street/Utica Avenue
4 local stops
Dean Street
Prospect Place
St. Johns Place
Eastern Parkway
Carroll Street
Empire Boulevard
Midwood Street
Winthrop Street
Lenox Road
Linden Boulevard
Church Avenue
4 local stops
Snyder Avenue
Tilden Avenue
Beverly Road
Clarendon Road
Avenue D
3 local stops
Foster Avenue
Farragut Road
Glenwood Road
Avenue H
Avenue I
Avenue J
Flatlands Avenue
Avenue K
Avenue L
Avenue M
Avenue N
4 local stops
Avenue O    
Fillmore Avenue
Flatbush Avenue
Avenue T
Kings Plaza  B46  SBS  southern terminus

The B46 line is the busiest bus route in Brooklyn and 3rd busiest in the entire city. Select Bus Service began July 3, 2016, after being originally scheduled for a fall 2015 implementation. The B46 SBS replaced the B46 Limited, making similar stops along Utica Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard. Unlike the former Limited, the B46 SBS makes limited stops south of Avenue H, and only runs between Kings Plaza and DeKalb Avenue. The B46 local was extended along Broadway to replace limited-stop service to the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Bus Terminal at all times. Both the B46 local and Select Bus Service are based out of the Flatbush Bus Depot, as is the B44 SBS. The B46 is the second Select Bus Service in Brooklyn, and the first one to not operate during late nights since the B44 in November 2013.[23]


Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
DeKalb Avenue
Malcolm X Boulevard
Northbound terminus, Southbound station

NYC Bus: Q24, B38, B46 local to Williamsburg Bridge Plaza, B47
NYC Subway:  J   M   Z  at Kosciuszko Street

Gates Avenue
Malcolm X Boulevard
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B46 local, B52

Halsey Street
Malcolm X Boulevard
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B26, B46 local

Fulton Street / Malcolm X Boulevard Southbound NYC Bus: B25, B46 local.
NYC Subway:  A   C  trains at Utica Avenue
Fulton Street / Utica Avenue Northbound
Eastern Parkway
Utica Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B14, B17, B45 (at St. Johns Place), B46 local
NYC Subway:  2   3   4   5  trains at Crown Heights–Utica Avenue

Empire Boulevard
Utica Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B12, B17, B46 local

Winthrop Street
Utica Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B46 local

Church Avenue
Utica Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B35, B46 local

Avenue D
Utica Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B8, B46 local

Avenue H
Utica Avenue
Bidirectional

MTA Bus: B103, BM2
NYC Bus: B6, B7 (at Kings Highway), B46 local

Flatlands Avenue
Utica Avenue
Southbound MTA Bus: BM1
NYC Bus: B46 local, B82
Avenue K
Utica Avenue
Northbound
Avenue N
Utica Avenue
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: B41, B46 local

Kings Plaza Mall
Flatbush Avenue & Avenue U
Southbound terminus, Northbound station

MTA Bus: Q35
NYC Bus: B2, B3, B9, B41, B46 local, B47

Q70[edit]

Q70 Select Bus Service
61st Street / Woodside
Roosevelt Avenue
Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street
Woodside-bound
Airport-bound
Brooklyn–Queens Expressway
LaGuardia Airport LaGuardia Airport
Terminal B – Central Terminal
Terminal C
Terminal D

In Queens, the Q70 limited-stop bus between Woodside and LaGuardia Airport via the Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street station was implemented in September 2013, replacing the portion of the Q33 local bus that went to LaGuardia Airport. Although the Q70 was intended as a bus rapid transit project, it had yet to be branded as Select Bus Service and did not employ most SBS elements, as it lacked ticket machines, all-door boarding, branded buses, and dedicated bus lanes.[71][72][73] The Q70 SBS was implemented on September 25, 2016,[74][75] when it was rebranded as the "LaGuardia Link" with the implementation of off-board payment of fares. As opposed to other SBS routes, the Q70 is wrapped in a light blue scheme with clouds and airplanes on the top half of the bus imposed with the standard SBS livery on the lower half.[25][26][27] The Q70 is based out of LaGuardia Depot, it is the second Queens bus line to have Select Bus Service, the first one for MTA Bus.


Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
61st Street
(Roosevelt Avenue)
Southbound terminus, Northbound station LIRR: City Terminal Zone at Woodside
MTA Bus: Q18, Q53
NYC Bus: Q32
NYC Subway:  7   <7>  trains at 61st Street–Woodside
Victor A. Moore Bus Terminal
(Roosevelt Avenue and 74th Street)
Bidirectional MTA Bus: Q33, Q47, Q49, Q53
NYC Bus: Q32
NYC Subway:  7   E   F   M   R  trains at Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street
Terminal B Airport stop MTA Bus: Q72
NYC Bus: Q48, M60 SBS
LGA Shuttle Bus
Terminal D
Terminal C
Notes:
  1. The route loops around LaGuardia Airport terminal bus stops and continue operate towards southbound terminus. There is no northbound terminus stand.
  2. Passengers traveling northbound toward LaGuardia Airport must be off the bus by the Terminal C stop, or purchase a westbound fare at fare payment machines at LaGuardia Airport stops.

M23[edit]

The M23 route has been traditionally crowded, with 4,862,343 riders in 2010 and 3,831,755 riders in 2015, or 15,000 riders a day. In 2003, it was given the "Pokey Award" by the Straphangers Campaign, the least prestigious award given to other New York City Bus routes that also runs at a speed of 4mph;[76][77] it also got that distinction in 2007 when it also ran at an average of 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h), slightly faster than the average walking speed of 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h).[76][78] In 2009, the MTA and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) identified the M14A/D, on parallel 14th Street, as a potential corridor for Phase II of SBS, the city's bus rapid transit system, as well as finalized plans to implement SBS on the M16/M34 along the also-parallel 34th Street. The crosstown bus corridors were noted for slow travel speeds.[79] The M23 was originally not planned to be an SBS route, but in 2008, it had been part of a pilot program in which 30 articulated, redesigned SBS buses were rolled out on the M23 for some time.[80]

After lengthy consultation, the M23 was converted to SBS on November 6, 2016, replacing the identical local counterpart bus line. Unlike the former local line, the westbound stop on 5th Avenue and two bi-directional stops on Lexington Avenue will not be served by this line. The M23 is based out of the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot, as is the M34 and M34A SBS. The M23 is the fifth corridor in Manhattan and the sixth Manhattan bus line to have Select Bus Service.


Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
12th Avenue
Chelsea Piers
Westbound terminus, Eastbound station

NYC Bus: M12 (northbound only)

12th Avenue
West 24th Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M12 (northbound only)

11th Avenue
West 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M12 (southbound only)

10th Avenue
West 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M11 (northbound only)

9th Avenue
West 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)

8th Avenue
West 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M20 (northbound only)
NYC Subway:  A   C   E  trains at 23rd Street

7th Avenue
West 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M7, M20 (southbound only)
NYC Subway:  1   2  trains at 23rd Street

6th Avenue
West 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M7, M55 (northbound only)
NYC Subway:  F   M  trains at 23rd Street

Broadway
East 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M55 (all buses southbound only)
NYC Subway:  N   Q   R   W  trains at 23rd Street

Park Avenue South
East 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3 (northbound only)
NYC Subway:  4   6   <6>  trains at 23rd Street

Third Avenue
East 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M101, M102, M103

Second Avenue
East 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M9, M15 local, M15 SBS, M34A SBS (southbound only)

First Avenue
East 23rd Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M9, M15 local, M15 SBS (northbound only), M34A SBS

Westbound only
First Avenue
East 20th Street
Westbound

NYC Bus: M9, M15 local (northbound only)

East 20th Street Loop
East 20th Street
Westbound

NYC Bus: M9 (northbound only)

Eastbound only
East 23rd Street
Avenue C
Eastbound

NYC Bus: M9, M34A SBS

East 20th Street
Avenue C
Eastbound terminus, westbound station

NYC Bus: M9


M79[edit]

A westbound M79 SBS at 81st Street and Central Park West.
M79 Select Bus Service
West Side – Riverside Dr
Broadway
Amsterdam Ave
Columbus Ave / 80th St
Columbus Ave / 81st St
Central Park West / 81st St
79th Street Transverse
5th Ave
Madison Ave
Lexington Ave
3rd Ave
2nd Ave
1st Ave
York Ave
East End Ave / 79th St
Yorkville – East End Ave (80th St)

The M79 local bus route was identified as a heavily traveled corridor in a 2009 study by the DOT and NYCTA, and in a December 2013 study by the Pratt Center for Community Development of Brooklyn.[71][79] It was converted to SBS on May 21, 2017.[30][31]


Station
Street traveled
Direction Connections
Riverside Drive
West 79th Street
Westbound terminus, Eastbound station

NYC Bus: M5

Broadway
West 79th Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M104
NYC Subway:  1   2  trains at 79th Street

West 79th Street
Amsterdam Avenue
Eastbound NYC Bus: M7, M11 (all buses northbound only)
Amsterdam Avenue
West 79th Street
Westbound
Columbus Avenue
West 81st Street
Eastbound NYC Bus: M7, M11 (all buses southbound only)
West 80th Street
Columbus Avenue
Westbound
Central Park West
West 81st Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M10
NYC Subway:  A   B   C  trains at 81st Street–Museum of Natural History

Belvedere Castle
79th Street Transverse Road
Bidirectional Note: riders boarding at the Central Park Transverse stop will need to obtain their proof of fare payment receipt at the next stop (Central Park West or Fifth Ave depending on direction of travel).
Fifth Avenue
East 79th Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 (all buses southbound only)

Madison Avenue
East 79th Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 (all buses northbound only)

Lexington Avenue
East 79th Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M98, M101, M102, M103 (all buses southbound only)
NYC Subway:  4   6   <6>  trains at 77th Street

Third Avenue
East 79th Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M98, M101, M102, M103 (all buses northbound only)

Second Avenue
East 79th Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M15 local, M15 SBS (all buses southbound only)

First Avenue
East 79th Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M15 local, M15 SBS (all buses northbound only)

East 79th Street
York Avenue
Eastbound NYC Bus: M31
York Avenue
East 79th Street
Westbound
East End Avenue
East 80th Street
Eastbound Terminus
East End Avenue
East 79th Street
Westbound Station


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. These were identified during a 2009 study by the DOT and NYCTA, and in a December 2013 study by the Pratt Center for Community Development of Brooklyn.[71][79][81]

Potential corridors[edit]

Below are potential corridors and neighborhoods listed under the 2009 study and current Phase II plans that have not already been implemented.

Corridors and Neighborhoods include:

  1. South Bronx Crosstown (current Bx6 route):[82][83] planned for implementation on September 3[84]
  2. Middle Village (current Q29, Q47)
  3. Main Street / Parsons−Kissena Boulevards / 164th Street / Utopia Parkway Corridor (current Q20, Q44, Q25, Q34, Q65, Q30, and Q31): Q25 has been proposed for future conversion[85] and Q44 was implemented on November 29, 2015.[24]
  4. Jamaica / Hillside Avenue Corridor (current Q1, Q36, Q43, Q110)[71][85]
  5. Southeast Queens (Current Q4, Q5, Q85, and Q84 routes)[86]
  6. Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards corridor (current Q52/Q53): planned for conversion in fall 2017[33]
  7. Union Turnpike (Current Q46 route)[85]
  8. Flatbush Avenue Corridor (current B41)[71][87]
  9. Southern Brooklyn East-West Corridor (current B6 and B82):[88][83][87] planned for implementation in 2018.[35]
  10. Manhattan West Side – Amsterdam Avenue/135th Street to Hudson Street/8th Avenue[71][87]

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", trips that are difficult to make and/or require many transfers, as identified by the MTA:

  1. 14th Street Crosstown Corridor – 23rd Street/11th Avenue to Grand Street/Avenue D (current M14A/M14D)[87]
  2. Jamaica to Flushing Corridor: Q25 Limited is proposed for future conversion.[85]
  3. Bushwick to Downtown Brooklyn Corridor (current B38 and B54)[71][89][90][87]
  4. Central Brooklyn East-West Corridor
  5. Southern Brooklyn East-West Corridor – Bay Ridge to JFK Airport (current B6, and B82 routes)[88][87]
  6. Northern Boulevard Flushing – Manhattan Corridor via Queensboro Bridge:[71][85] Q66 is proposed for future conversion.[87]

The following subway lines have been flagged for being at or above 95% of New York City Subway loading guidelines during rush hours:

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

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

  1. South Bronx:[82] Bx6 SBS is planned for implementation on September 3.[84]
  2. Queens East River waterfront
  3. Brooklyn East River waterfront
  4. Western Shore/Southern Shore (Charleston, Tottenville) of Staten Island[79]

Additional Study Areas include:

  1. North Shore of Staten Island (Current S40 and S90 routes; former North Shore Branch of Staten Island Railway)[79][91][92]


Pratt Center corridors

There are also "tiered" corridors based on importance, identified in the Pratt Center report in December 2013 and a previous report from 2007.[91][86]

"First-tiered" corridors:

  1. LaGuardiaWoodhaven/Cross BayRockaway (Queens); Combination of current Q72 and Q52/Q53 routes.
    1. Q52/Q53 LTD (Woodhaven & Cross Bay Boulevards) to be converted in fall 2017.[33]
  2. North Shore (Staten Island); Current S40, S90 routes; former North Shore Branch of Staten Island Railway[91][92]
  3. Industry City/Sunset ParkLindenJFK (Brooklyn–Queens); B35 route and eastern portion of the B15 route.[91]


"Second-tiered" corridors:

  1. Far RockawayJamaica (Queens); Current Q113 and Q114 routes[87]
  2. Bush Terminal/Sunset Park–JFK via Southeast Brooklyn (Brooklyn–Queens)
  3. East Bronx hospital cluster–East Harlem (Bronx–Manhattan)
  4. Mid-Staten Island–Hudson County, NJHolland Tunnel–Manhattan (Staten Island–New Jersey–Manhattan)

Corridors chosen for implementation[edit]

The Q25 along Parsons and Kissena Boulevard was studied along with the Q44 route as a potential Flushing−Jamaica SBS route,[63][85] and the limited service is planned for conversion in 2017. The local route will remain the same.[74][75][27]

The Q52/Q53 route along the Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards corridor between Central Queens and the Rockaways has received studies for implementation since 2008,[33][93][94] and is scheduled for implementation in phases beginning in fall 2017.[95][96]

The Bx6 SBS, which will be split from the Bx6 Local, is planned for implementation on September 3, 2017.[32][84][97] The local route will remain the same, while the Select Bus Service route would follow its own limited-stop route.[98]

The B82 Limited will be converted to SBS in 2018.[35]

Other potential routes, including the B41, have undergone preliminary studies and community outreach, but have yet to be considered for implementation.[82][83]

Route maps
Q52/Q53 Bx6

Fare and payment[edit]

SBS shelter (left) and fare inspection aboard a SBS bus (right).

The fare for SBS is the same as on all New York City Transit local and limited-stop buses, $2.75, 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 uses a proof-of-payment system. Passengers are required to pay their fare before boarding the bus at pay stations located in bus shelters at the designated stops (for customers using UniTicket, which 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 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 (organized in "EAGLE" teams), NYPD officers, or MTA police officers check for proof of payment receipts; those unable to produce one are subject to a fine of up to $100. These inspections are conducted randomly, or through the entire bus at specific stations.[99][100]

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.

Fare machines[edit]

Ticketing machines used on B44 SBS route

Select Bus Service fare machines consist of modified versions of existing MTA and DOT devices. MetroCard payment utilizes MetroCard Fare Collection Machines,[101] similar in design to ATM/Debit Card MetroCard vending machines (known as MetroCard Express Machines) used in the New York City Subway, but without touch screens. Coin payment utilizes a modified Parkeon Muni Meter. The original machines used on the Bx12 in 2008 consisted of re-purposed versions of MetroCard Express Machines and first-generation Parkeon multi-space devices, which have since been replaced.[79][101][102][103]

Fleet[edit]

The former blue flashing lights as seen on an M15 (top), which were taken down in 2013, and the new blue destination sign as seen on an M86 (bottom) that replaced the lights.

Select Bus Service buses are wrapped in a unique blue paint scheme that identifies them as operating in this particular service. All SBS buses display +Select Bus in the destination sign. Bus stops where SBS buses stop are also identifiable with the SBS branding on the glass shelters, 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 employ all-door boarding operation, in which each set of doors open simultaneously for easier boarding and alighting, with the exception of the S79 which does not employ all-door boarding.[79]

Upon the debut of Select Bus Service, blue flashing lights on both sides of the destination sign were used to help designate SBS buses from local buses (which have orange lights). While some, including bus operators, claimed the flashing blue lights helped improve travel times for buses, they were controversial due to some drivers mistaking them for emergency vehicles.[104] The use of the lights also violated the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (Article 9, Section 375 (41)).[105] 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."[106] The lights were removed from service on January 18, 2013.[104]

To replace the lights, in July 2015 the MTA began overhauling the front destination signs of buses to display the route in a blue background, as well as a completely blue background that flashes twice when it says +Select Bus (formerly it read +Select Bus Service). At night on some routes, the front destination sign is blue text on an unlit black background. Starting with the Q44 in November 2015, the blue background is kept when the front signage transitions to show the terminal of the route and the main streets traveled. As of July 2017, the SBS fleet on all routes have had their front destination signs overhauled, and new routes that launched after that date came with the new destination signs.[107][108]

The following table lists the buses used on each route.

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Route(s)
MTA New York City Bus S79 Select Bus Service bus.jpg Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Next Generation (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2009 41.2 ft (12.56 m)
  • Cummins ISB
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive with A123 lithium-ion batteries

S79

M86 SBS (19479318480).jpg Nova Bus
LFS Artic
(semi-low floor, articulated)
2010 62 ft (18.90 m)

M15

5896 M86.jpg 2011-2013
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1700B

B44, BX12, BX41, M23, M34, M34A, M60, M79, M86, Q44 (being transferred)

MTA Flatbush South 15.jpg New Flyer Industries
XD40
(semi-low floor)
2015 41 ft (12.50 m)
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • Allison B400R6 Generation 5

B46, Q70

New Flyer Q44 SBS.jpg New Flyer Industries
XD60
(semi-low floor, articulated)
2017 60.83 ft (18.54 m)
  • Cummins EPA13 ISL9
  • Allison B500R6 Generation 5

Q44 (Being Delivered; 33 In Service Currently)

MTA (2016 livery, operated by NYC Transit) New Flyer Xcelsior XN40 724 in Washington Heights.jpg New Flyer Industries
XN40
(semi-low floor, CNG)
2017 41 ft (12.50 m)
  • Westport ISL G
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1400B

BX6 (starting September 3rd)

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