Second Avenue Line (surface)

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M15 / M15 Select Bus Service
First and Second Avenues
Second Avenue Line
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System MTA Regional Bus Operations
Operator Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA)
New York City Transit Authority (NYCT)
Garage Tuskegee Airmen Depot (M15)
Mother Clara Hale Depot (M15 SBS)


M15 SBS:

Livery M15 SBS: Select Bus Service
Locale Manhattan
Start East Harlem – 126th Street
Via First Avenue (northbound) / Second Avenue (southbound), Allen Street, Water Street
End Lower East Side – Cherry Street and Pike Street (local service only)
South Ferry – Whitehall Terminal / South Ferry – Whitehall Street station (full route)
Length 8.5 miles (13.7 km)[1][2]
Operates 24 hours (M15 Local)[note 1][note 2][3][4]
Daily ridership 53,000 [5][6]
Fare $2.75 (MetroCard or coins)
Cash Coins only (exact change required)
Transfers Yes
Timetable M15 M15 SBS
← M14A/D
B46 SBS (by borough)
Bx12 SBS (by route number)
 {{{system_nav}}}  M20
M23 SBS →

The Second Avenue Line is a bus line in Manhattan, New York City, United States, running mostly along Second Avenue (and northbound on First Avenue since 1951) from Lower Manhattan to East Harlem. Originally a streetcar line, it is now the southbound direction of the M15 bus route, the second busiest bus route in the city (behind the Bx12) and the busiest in Manhattan, with an annual ridership of over 15.5 million.[6] (However, the M15 is the only route on First and Second Avenues, while the one-way pair of Madison and Fifth Avenues has a higher frequency of local buses past Central Park, split among four routes (M1/M2/M3/M4).[7] MTA Regional Bus Operations, under the New York City Bus and Select Bus Service brands, operates the local out of the Tuskegee Airmen Bus Depot and the SBS is operated from the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot. Service is operated exclusively with articulated buses.


An M15 local bus stops by the VA Hospital, heading uptown.

The Second Avenue Railroad opened the line in 1853 and 1854, from Peck Slip on the East River north along Pearl Street, Bowery (shared with the Third Avenue Line), Grand Street, Chrystie Street, and Second Avenue to East Harlem. A short branch was later built along Stuyvesant Street and Astor Place to end at Broadway in NoHo. The Metropolitan Street Railway leased the line in January 1898, and on April 3 the line from Astor Place to Manhattan was electrified. The original line was later electrified to the Bowery, where streetcars used the Third Avenue Line to City Hall, and the line to Peck Slip was abandoned. Buses were substituted for streetcars by the East Side Omnibus Corporation on June 25, 1933. The New York City Board of Transportation took over operations in 1948, with the New York City Transit Authority replacing it in 1953. In 1974, the M15 was chosen to be one of the first routes to operate Limited stop service. The new service would act as an express version of the M15, only stopping at major attractions and transfer points north of Houston Street.

In June 2002 as part of an outside study, the First/Second Avenues corridor was identified for the implementation of bus rapid transit (BRT) service, due to heavy ridership and slow travel speeds on the corridor.[2][8] In late 2004, the MTA and the New York City Department of Transportation selected the route as one of the candidates for bus rapid transit service, along with Fordham Road (since implemented), Nostrand Avenue, Merrick Boulevard, and Hylan Boulevard. This evolved into Phase I of the Select Bus Service (SBS) program in 2006.[2][9][10][11] On October 10, 2010, service began on the M15 Select Bus Service, replacing limited stop service.[11][12][13][14] By then, the MTA had discontinued service to City Hall due to budget cuts.

Select Bus Service stops[edit]

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

NYC Bus: M20, M55
NYC Subway:  1   N   R   W  trains at South Ferry–Whitehall Street
Staten Island Ferry

Wall Street
Water Street

Downtown Connection: Downtown Loop

Fulton Street
South Street Seaport

Downtown Connection: Downtown Loop

Catherine Street
Madison Street

NYC Bus: M22 (eastbound only)

Hester / Grand Streets Bidirectional

NYC Subway:  B   D  trains at Grand Street

Houston Street Southbound only

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

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

NYC Subway:  F  train at Second Avenue

14th Street Bidirectional

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

23rd / 25th Streets
VA Hospital

NYC Bus: M9, M23 SBS, M34A SBS

28th / 29th Streets
Bellevue Hospital

NYC Bus: M9, M34A SBS

34th Street
NYU Langone Medical Center

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

42nd / 44th Streets
United Nations

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

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


  1. ^ "Overnights, no service operates to Cherry Street and Pike Street". 
  2. ^ "M15 SBS does not operate overnights". 


  1. ^ "M15 First/Second Avenues SBS". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 
  2. ^ a b c "First Avenue/Second Avenue SBS Community Advisory Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Department of Transportation. September 23, 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  3. ^ M15 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  4. ^ M15 SBS bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  5. ^ Kabak, Benjamin. "Transit ramps up M15 SBS fare inspection efforts". Second Avenue Sagas. 
  6. ^ a b "Facts and Figures". 2011-08-28. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  7. ^ 2000 figures from the Second Avenue Subway SDEIS, Appendix D.2, page 3
  8. ^ "Bus Rapid Transit For New York City" (PDF). Schaller Consulting, Transportation Alternatives, New York Public Interest Research Group. June 2002. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bus Rapid Transit: NYCBRT Study" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Department of Transportation, New York State Department of Transportation. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-05-12. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Select Bus Service on the Bx12: A BRT Partnership Between the New York City DOT and MTA New York City Transit" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Department of Transportation. January 12, 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "+selectbusservice M15 on First and Second Avenues: Progress Report" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Department of Transportation. November 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "MTA Bus Company Committee Meeting Materials, July 2010" (PDF). p. 76. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  13. ^ "Select Bus Service - First Avenue/Second Avenue" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  14. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (October 10, 2010). "Rolling Out Speedier Bus System, to Glitches and Grumbles". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 

External links[edit]

External video
SBS Bus Wrapping, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; October 12, 2010; 1:48 YouTube video clip
How to Ride the M15 Select Bus Service, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; October 20, 2010; 2:10 YouTube video clip