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Select Bus Service
Select Bus Service logo.png
New York City Transit NovaBus LFS 1254 M15 SBS.JPG
An M15 Select Bus Service bus operates through the Lower East Side, bound for South Ferry.
Founded 2008
Locale New York City, New York, United States
Service type Bus rapid transit
Routes
  • 10 bus routes
  • 9 corridors
  • (4 proposed)
Destinations B44: WilliamsburgSheepshead Bay
Bx12: InwoodBay Plaza
Bx41: The HubWilliamsbridge
M15: East HarlemSouth Ferry
M34: West SideEast Side
M34A: P. A. Bus Term.Waterside Plaza
M60: Upper West SideLaGuardia Airport
M86: Upper West SideYorkville
Q44: Bronx ZooJamaica
S79: Staten Island MallBay Ridge
Stations 130
Fleet S79: Daimler Orion VII
All other routes: Nova Bus LFS articulated
Operator MTA New York City Bus
Website Official website

Select Bus Service (SBS; stylized on the buses as +selectbusservice)[1] 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. The first route was the Bx12 along Fordham Road and the Pelham Parkway. As of December 2015, there are ten SBS routes along nine corridors; three SBS corridors in Queens and Brooklyn are planned.

History[edit]

In conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation, the MTA identified five corridors for implementation of bus rapid transit, one in each of the five boroughs, in late 2004: the Fordham Road/Pelham Parkway corridor in the Bronx, First 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.[2][3][4] The Merrick Boulevard corridor was eventually scrapped because of community opposition related to loss of parking.[5][6][7]

The Select Bus Service program was unveiled to the public on March 25, 2008.[8][9] 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.

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.[10] The next line, the M15, saw Select Service begin on October 10, 2010 after the delivery of new low-floor buses.[11][12] The M34, M34A line was started on November 13, 2011. Initially, a 34th Street busway was planned that would require eliminating 34th Street as a through street, but it was dropped in favor of the standard SBS model. The B44 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. 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.[2][4][5][13] 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, Q19).[14] An eighth Select Bus Service route was planned in the 2014–17 Financial Plan; this new SBS corridor is to be determined.[15] The ninth Select Bus Service corridor, 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.[16]

The tenth corridor, and the second for Brooklyn, is planned for the B46 on Utica Avenue in the fall of 2015. When implemented, the local and Select Bus Service route of the B46 will change northern terminals to improve reliability.[17] The Eleventh Corridor, and the first for Queens, is planned for the Q44 limited bus route running on the Cross Bronx Expressway (Service Road) and Main Street, which began on November 29, 2015. Select stops in the Bronx were combined into much busier stops for faster service, and some stops in Queens have been replaced by the Q20A and B local routes. As the Q20 route does not enter the Bronx and the Q44 ran local late nights only, the Q44 has 24/7 SBS service between the Bronx Zoo and Jamaica. The Q20A replaced the Q44 local in Queens late nights.[18] Select Bus Service along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards is currently being studied for the Q52, Q53 routes.[19]

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.[4]

Current routes[edit]

Currently, SBS operates on nine corridors. By order of implementation, SBS was placed on the Bx12, M15, M34/M34A, S79, Bx41, B44, M60, M86, and Q44 routes, and replaced nearly-identical limited-stop service on the Bx12, M15, Bx41, B44, and Q44. For the other routes, numerous local stops were combined or omitted.

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, Bx12 Select Bus Service is replaced by Bx12 local service.[20]

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

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

Tenth Avenue Bidirectional

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

University Heights Bridge
The Bronx
Cedar Avenue Bidrectional

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

Sedgwick Avenue[Bx12 1] Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local

University Avenue Bidrectional

NYC Bus: Bx3, Bx12 Local

Jerome / Walton Avenues Bidrectional

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

Grand Concourse
Valentine Avenue
Bidrectional

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

Fordham Plaza
Webster and Third Avenues
Fordham University
Bidrectional

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

Southern Boulevard /
Crotona Avenue
Bronx Zoo / Botanical Garden
Bidrectional

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

White Plains Road Bidirectional

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

Williamsbridge Road Bidirectional

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

Eastchester Road
Jacobi Medical Center
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Bx12 Local, Bx31
MTA Bus: BxM10

Pelham Bay Park
Amendola Plaza
Bidirectional

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

Baychester Avenue
Bay Plaza Boulevard
Eastbound
Bay Plaza Shopping Center
The Mall at Bay Plaza
Eastbound terminus,
westbound station

NYC Bus: Bx29, Bx38

Bartow Mall[Bx12 2] Westbound

MTA Bus: Bx23, Q50
NYC Bus: Bx28

Edson Avenue
Gun Hill Depot
Westbound

NYC Bus: Bx26, Bx28, Bx38

Notes:
  1. ^ Sedgwick Avenue stop added in January 2009.[21]
  2. ^ Bartow Mall stop added in Spring 2009.[22]

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. The 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.

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

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

Wall Street
Water Street
Bidirectional

Downtown Connection: Downtown Loop

Fulton Street
South Street Seaport
Bidirectional

Downtown Connection: Downtown Loop

Catherine Street
Madison Street
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M22 (eastbound only)

Hester / Grand Streets Bidirectional

NYC Subway:  B   D  trains at Grand Street

Houston Street Southbound only

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

14th Street Bidirectional

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

23rd / 25th Streets
VA Hospital
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M9, M23, M34A SBS

28th / 29th Streets
Bellevue Hospital
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M9, M34A SBS

34th Street
NYU Langone Medical Center
Bidirectional

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

42nd / 44th Streets
United Nations
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M42

50th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M50

57th / 58th Streets Bidirectional

NYC Bus 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 Northbound only

NYC Bus: M86 SBS

89th Street Southbound only

NYC Bus: M86 SBS (at 86th Street)

97th Street
Metropolitan Hospital
Northbound only

NYC Bus: M96

100th Street Southbound only

NYC Bus: M96 (at 96th Street)

106th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M106

115th / 116th Streets Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M116 (at 116th Street)

125th Street Bidirectional

NYC Bus: M35, M60 SBS, M100, Bx15

126th Street Northbound terminus,
southbound station

M34 and M34A[edit]

The M34 SBS and M34A SBS routes began on November 13, 2011.[23] 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.[24][25] The stops are listed below from west to east.

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

M34 & M34A Select Bus Service
 M34 
12th Avenue
11th Avenue
Javits Center
10th Avenue
Dyer Avenue
 M34A 
Port Authority
Bus Terminal
43rd Street & 8th Avenue
42nd Street & 9th Avenue
Port Authority
Bus Terminal
40th Street & 8th Avenue
39th Street & 9th Avenue
37th Street & 8th Avenue
9th Avenue
Pennsylvania Station
8th Avenue
Pennsylvania Station
7th Avenue
6th Avenue
5th Avenue
Park Avenue
3rd Avenue
2nd Avenue
1st Avenue
29th Street & FDR Drive
East 34th Street Ferry Terminal
28th Street & 2nd Avenue
 M34 
Waterside Plaza – 25th Street
23rd Street & 2nd Avenue
23rd Street & Avenue C
23rd Street & 1st Avenue
 M34A 
Station Route Direction Connections
M34 only
Twelfth Avenue M34 Westbound terminal,
Eastbound stop
NYC Bus: M12 (northbound only)
Eleventh Avenue
Javits Center
M34 Bidirectional NYC Bus: M12 (southbound only)
NYC Subway:  7   <7>  trains at 34th Street – Hudson Yards
Tenth Avenue M34 Eastbound NYC Bus: M11 (northbound only)
Dyer Avenue M34 Westbound NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)
M34A only
43rd Street
Port Authority Bus Terminal
M34A Westbound terminal,
Eastbound stop
NYC Bus: M20, M104 (all buses northbound only); (M42 at 42nd St)
Port Authority Bus Terminal
NYC Subway:  1   2   3   7   <7>   A   C   E   N   Q   R   S  trains at Times Square – 42nd Street / Port Authority Bus Terminal
42nd Street
Ninth Avenue
M34A Eastbound 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   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 Both routes (EB)
M34 (WB)
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M11 (southbound only)
Eighth Avenue
Penn Station / MSG
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M20 (northbound only)
NYC Subway:  A   C   E  trains at 34th Street – Penn Station
Penn Station: Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit
Seventh Avenue
Penn Station / MSG
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M7, M20 (all buses southbound only)
NYC Subway:  1   2   3  trains at 34th Street – Penn Station
Penn Station: Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit
Sixth Avenue / Broadway
Herald Square
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M5, M7 (all buses northbound only)
NYC Subway:  B   D   F   M   N   Q   R  trains at 34th Street – Herald Square
PATH: HOB – 33, JSQ – 33, JSQ – 33 (via HOB) trains at 33rd Street
Fifth Avenue
Empire State Building
Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, Q32 (all buses southbound only)
NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, Q32 (all buses northbound only) at Madison Avenue
Park Avenue Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, Q32 (all buses northbound only) at Madison Avenue
NYC Subway:  6   <6>  trains at 33rd Street
NYC Bus: M101, M102, M103 (all buses southbound only) at Lexington Avenue
Third Avenue Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M101, M102, M103 (all buses southbound only) at Lexington Avenue
NYC Bus: M101, M102, M103 (all buses northbound only)
Second Avenue Both routes Bidirectional NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (all buses southbound only)
First Avenue Both routes westbound
M34 eastbound
Bidirectional NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (all buses northbound only)
M34A only
29th Street
FDR Drive
M34A 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
First Avenue
VA Hospital
M34A Eastbound NYC Bus: M15, M15 SBS (all buses northbound only); M9, M23
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. This route uses rigid 40-foot Orion VII hybrid-electric diesel buses, and is the only SBS line in the 5 boroughs that does not use 60-foot articulated buses or off-board fare collection. Riders must pay the fare on board, as they do on local, limited-stop, and express buses. The S79 Select Bus Service is based out of the Yukon Bus Depot.[26]

Northbound is towards Brooklyn and southbound is towards Staten Island.

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

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

Staten Island Mall
Ring Road - Macy's
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S44, S59, S94

Staten Island Mall
Ring Road - Sears
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: S44, S59, S94

Yukon Avenue
Richmond Avenue
Bidirectional

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

Eltingville Transit Center Bidirectional

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

Genesee Avenue Bidirectional

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

Eltingville Boulevard Bidirectional

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

Hylan Boulevard
Richmond Avenue
Southbound

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

Winchester Avenue
Hylan Boulevard
Northbound

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

Nelson Avenue Bidirectional

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

Bay Terrace Bidirectional

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

Buffalo Street
Great Kills Park
Bidirectional

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

Guyon Av Bidirectional

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

Tysens Lane Bidirectional

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

Ebbitts Street Bidirectional

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

New Dorp Lane Bidirectional

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

Midland Avenue Bidirectional

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

Seaview Avenue Bidirectional

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

Old Town Road /
Quintard Street
Bidirectional

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

Clove Road Bidirectional

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

Narrows Road Bidirectional

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

Fingerboard Road Bidirectional

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

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

NYC Bus: B8, B70, S53, S93

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

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

Bx41[edit]

Bx41 Select Bus Service
Willamsbridge – White Plains Road
East Gun Hill Road – Webster Avenue
East 204th Street
Bedford Park Boulevard – Botanical Garden
East Fordham Road
East 180th Street
East Tremont Avenue
Claremont Parkway
East 170th Street
East 167th Street – Webster Avenue
East 161st Street
The Hub – East 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.[27][28] The Bx41 SBS began service on June 30, 2013.[27][28] The stops are nearly identical to the limited service it replaced, and service was expanded from peak hours to seven days a week.[27][28][29] The stops are listed from south to north below. Both Bx41 Select Bus Service and Bx41 are based out of the Kingsbridge Bus Depot.[28]

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

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

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]

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

The B44 SBS route began on November 17, 2013, 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.[30][31] 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.[32][33] 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.[34] This bus is based out of the Flatbush Bus Depot. Stops are listed from south to north.

Station Direction Connections
Knapp Street
Emmons Avenue
Southbound terminus,
northbound station
NYC Bus: B4
Emmons Avenue
Nostrand Avenue
Northbound NYC Bus: B4
Shore Parkway
Nostrand Avenue
Southbound NYC Bus: B4
Avenue X Bidirectional NYC Bus: B36
Avenue U Bidirectional NYC Bus: B3, B36
Kings Highway Bidirectional NYC Bus: B7, B82
Avenue L Bidirectional NYC Bus: B9
Flatbush Avenue Bidirectional MTA Bus: B103, Q35
NYC Bus: B6, B11, B41
NYC Subway:  2   5  trains at Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College
Northbound traffic uses Rogers Avenue, southbound traffic uses Nostrand Avenue
Avenue D / Newkirk Avenue[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)
Nothbound buses continue from Rogers Avenue to Bedford Avenue
Fulton Street Bidirectional NYC Bus: B25, B49 (from Bedford Avenue only)
NYC Subway:  A   C  trains at Nostrand Avenue (on Nostrand Avenue only)
LIRR: Nostrand Avenue (from Nostrand Avenue only)
Gates Ave Bidirectional NYC Bus: B52
Lafayette / DeKalb Avenues Bidirectional NYC Bus: B38
NYC Subway:  G  trains at Bedford–Nostrand Avenues
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
West 106th Street
West 116th Street
West 120th Street / Broadway
West 120th Street / Amsterdam Avenue
LaSalle Street / Amsterdam Avenue
St. Nicholas Av / Frederick Douglass Blvd
Lenox Avenue
Madison Avenue / Park Avenue
Lexington Avenue
Second Avenue
Triborough Bridge 
Manhattan
Queens
31st Street
Steinway Street
77th Street
82nd Street
Ditmars Boulevard
87th Street
94th Street
LaGuardia Airport LaGuardia Airport
Parking Lot 1
Terminal A – Marine Air Terminal
Terminal B – Central Terminal
Terminal C – US Airways Terminal
Terminal D – Delta Terminal

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 the start date for the converted M60 SBS route was pushed to May 25, 2014 due to community opposition, citing loss of available parking spaces along 125th Street in Manhattan.[35][36] Select Bus Service on the M60 route began on May 25, 2014.[37][38] Due to its status as an airport connector, buses on the route are equipped with luggage racks.[37][39]

The M60 Select Bus Service is based out of the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot and is one of only 3 SBS lines to run at all times (the other ones are the M86 and Q44). The stops are listed below, west to east; stops at the eastern end of the route, within LaGuardia Airport, are marked "Airport Stop".

Station 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  trains 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   B   C   D  trains at 125th Street
Lenox Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M7, M100, M101, M102
NYC Subway:  2   3  trains at 125th Street
Madison Avenue / Park Avenue
125th Street
Bidirectional NYC Bus: Bx15, M1 (northbound only), 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   Q  trains at Astoria Boulevard
Steinway Street
Astoria Boulevard
Bidirectional MTA Bus: Q19, Q101
77th Street
Astoria Boulevard
Bidirectional MTA Bus: Q19
82nd Street
23rd Avenue
Eastbound MTA Bus: Q33, Q47
NYC Bus: Q48
Ditmars Boulevard / 82nd Street §
Grand Central Parkway Service Road North
Westbound MTA Bus: Q47, Q69
NYC Bus: Q48
87th Street
23rd Avenue
Eastbound MTA Bus: Q33
NYC Bus: Q48
94th Street
23rd Avenue
Eastbound MTA Bus: Q33, Q72
NYC Bus: Q48
Parking Lot 1 Airport stop MTA Bus: Q70, Q72
NYC Bus: Q48
LGA Shuttle Bus
Terminal D
Terminal C
Terminal B
Marine Air Terminal § MTA Bus: Q47
NYC Bus: Q48
LGA Shuttle Bus
Notes:
  1. The route loops around LaGuardia Airport terminal bus stops and continue operate towards Westbound terminus. There is no eastbound terminus stand.
  2. Passengers traveling eastbound toward LaGuardia Airport must be off the bus by the Marine Air Terminal stop (between midnight and 6 AM, Terminal B), or purchase a westbound fare at fare payment machines at LaGuardia Airport stops.
  3. Bus stops marked with an (§) are not served between midnight and 6 AM, when 82 Street exit (and the airport in general) is closed.

M86[edit]

M86 Select Bus Service
York Avenue / 92nd Street
First Avenue / 91st–92nd Streets
York Avenue / 91st Street
88th Street89th Street
York Avenue / 86th Street
First Avenue / 86th Street
Second Avenue
Third Avenue
Lexington Avenue
Madison Avenue
Fifth Avenue / 86th Street
Fifth Avenue / 84th Street
Central Park Transverse
Central Park West
Columbus Avenue
Amsterdam Avenue
Broadway

The M86 bus, running crosstown along 86th Street in Manhattan, was identified as a potential bus rapid transit corridor in 2009.[40] To accommodate the Select Bus Service conversion, 86th Street was to be renovated with pedestrian sidewalk extensions at intersections; bus bulbs, or pedestrian sidewalk extensions at bus stops; plants and trees; and new benches.[41]

The M86 SBS route debuted on July 13, 2015.[16][42] It was the fourth corridor in Manhattan and the fifth Manhattan bus line to have Select Bus Service.[43] The M86 SBS is based out of the Tuskegee Airmen Depot and is one of only 3 SBS lines to run at all times (the others are the Q44 and M60).

Station 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
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)

86th Street Transverse Road
Central Park Police Precinct
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).
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 86th 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.[44][45][46][47]

The Q44 SBS was approved in June 2015, with no changes from the original routing, which runs between Queens and the Bronx.[45] 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.[44][48][47][49] 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; the Q44 is one of the only 3 SBS lines to run at all times (the first two were the M60 in May 2014, and the M86 in July 2015).[50]

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
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/Elder Av
Main St/139 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, Bx19, Bx36
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: N20, N21
NYC Subway:  7   <7>  trains at Flushing – Main Street subway station
Note: The 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: N20, N21
LIRR: Port Washington Branch at Flushing – Main Street LIRR station

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

139th Street
(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

Hillside Avenue
(Sutphin Boulevard)
Bidirectional

NYC Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q43, X68
NYC Subway:  F  trains 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, n22A, n24, n26

Other routes[edit]

The Q70 limited-stop bus between Woodside, Queens, 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 has yet to be branded as Select Bus Service and does not employ most SBS elements, as it lacks ticket machines, all-door boarding, branded buses, and dedicated bus lanes.[51][52][53] The Q70 SBS is scheduled for implementation in 2016.[54]

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.[51][55][56]

Below are potential corridors and neighborhoods listed under the 2009 study and current Phase II plans. Bold indicates a route already implemented.

  • Corridors and Neighborhoods; the corridors prioritized under current SBS plans:
  1. The Bronx
    1. Third/Webster Avenues Corridor (Current Bx15 and Bx41 routes)
      1. Bx41 SBS (Webster Avenue) implemented June 30, 2013.
    2. Soundview
    3. South Bronx Crosstown (Current Bx6 route)[57][58]
  2. Queens
    1. LaGuardia/East Elmhurst (Current Q33, Q70, Q72, M60 routes)[51][59][60]
      1. M60 SBS implemented May 25, 2014.
    2. Middle Village
    3. Main Street/Parsons−Kissena Boulevards/164th Street/Utopia Parkway Corridor
      1. Q44 SBS (Main Street) implemented on November 29, 2015.
      2. Q25 (Parsons and Kissena Boulevards) proposed for future conversion.[61]
    4. Jamaica Avenue/Hillside Avenue Corridor (Current Q1, Q36, Q43, Q110 routes)[61]
    5. Southeast Queens (Current Q4, Q5, Q84, Q85 routes)[62]
    6. Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards corridor (Current Q52/Q53 routes)
      1. Q52/Q53 LTD (Woodhaven & Cross Bay Boulevards) studied for future implementation.[19]
    7. Union Turnpike (Current Q46 route)[61]
  3. Brooklyn
    1. Flatbush Avenue Corridor (Current B41 route)[51]
    2. Utica Avenue Corridor
      1. B46 SBS planned for implementation.[17][58]
    3. Southern Brooklyn East-West Corridor (Current B6, B82 routes)[63][58]
  4. Manhattan
    1. 23rd Street Crosstown (Current M23 route)[58]
  • High-volume express bus corridors:
  1. Major Deegan Expressway (I-87)
  2. Bruckner Expressway (I-278)
  3. Long Island Expressway (I-495)
  4. Gowanus Expressway (I-278)
  5. Staten Island Expressway (I-278)
  • "Difficult trips" (that is, trips that are difficult to make, and require many transfers) identified by the MTA:
  1. 125th Street Crosstown Corridor (Current M60, M100, M101, Bx15 routes)
    1. M60 SBS implemented May 25, 2014.
  2. Upper West Side/Upper East Side/Manhattan Crosstown Corridor
    1. M86 SBS implemented July 13, 2015.[16]
  3. 14th Street Crosstown Corridor (Current M14A, M14D routes)
  4. Jamaica to Flushing Corridor
    1. Q44 SBS (Main Street) implemented on November 29, 2015.
    2. Q25 (Parsons and Kissena Boulevards) proposed for future conversion.[61]
  5. Bushwick to Downtown Brooklyn Corridor (Current B38, B54 routes)
  6. Eastern Brooklyn North-South Corridor
    1. B46 SBS planned for implementation.[17]
  7. Central Brooklyn East-West Corridor
  8. Southern Brooklyn East-West Corridor (Current B6, B82 routes)[63]
  9. Hylan Boulevard Corridor
  10. Manhattan/Northern Boulevard/Flushing[51][61]
  • Subway line segments that are at or above 95% of New York City Subway loading guidelines during the rush hour:
  1. Broadway – Seventh Avenue 2 3 trains
  2. Lexington Avenue 4 5 6 <6> trains
  3. Queens-Manhattan connections: 7, E, N, and Q trains
  • Growth Areas; areas that are undergoing or may undergo significant growth in housing units and that have limited transit access:
  1. South Bronx Crosstown (Current Bx6 route)[57]
  2. Queens East River waterfront
  3. Brooklyn East River waterfront
  4. Western Shore/Southern Shore (Charleston, Tottenville) of Staten Island[55]
  • Additional Study Areas:
  1. North Shore of Staten Island (Current S40, S90 routes; former North Shore Branch of Staten Island Railway)[55][64][65]
  1. 125th Street−LaGuardia
    1. M60 SBS implemented May 25, 2014.
  2. Webster Avenue−LaGuardia (Extension of Bx41 route)[29][59][60]
  3. Woodside/Jackson Heights−LaGuardia (Current Q70 route)

There are also "tiered" corridors based on importance, identified in the Pratt Center report in December 2013 and a previous report from 2007.[64][62]

  • "First-tiered" corridors:
  1. LaGuardiaWoodhaven/Cross BayRockaway (Queens); Combination of current Q72 and Q52/Q53 routes.
    1. Q52/Q53 LTD (Woodhaven & Cross Bay Boulevards) studied for future implementation.[19]
  2. Hunts PointFlushingJamaica (Bronx–Queens); Combination of current Bx5, Bx6 and Q44/Q50 routes.[64][62]
    1. Q44 SBS (Flushing-Jamaica) already implemented.
  3. North Shore (Staten Island); Current S40, S90 routes; former North Shore Branch of Staten Island Railway[64][65]
  4. Bush Terminal/Sunset ParkLindenJFK (Brooklyn–Queens); B35 route and eastern portion of the B15 route.[64]
  • "Second-tiered" corridors:
  1. Far RockawayJamaica (Queens); Current Q113, Q114 routes
  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)

As of 2015, several of the remaining routes have been considered. The Q52/Q53 route along the Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards corridor between Central Queens and the Rockaways has received studies for implementation since 2008,[19][66][67] and is scheduled for implementation in phases beginning in 2017.[68][69] The B46 along the Utica Avenue corridor in Brooklyn was planned for implementation in 2015, but has yet to begin service.[17] The Q25 along Parsons and Kissena Boulevard was studied along with the Q44 route as a potential Flushing−Jamaica SBS route,[44][61] and is planned for implementation in 2016 along with the Q70 Woodside−LaGuardia route.[54] Other potential routes, including the M23, B41, B82, and Bx6 have undergone preliminary studies and community outreach, but have yet to be seriously considered for implementation.[57][58]

Fare and payment[edit]

SBS shelter at the westbound White Plains Road station

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.[70][71]

Ticketing machines used on B44 SBS route

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]

Select Bus Service fare machines consist of modified versions of existing MTA and DOT devices. MetroCard payment utilizes MetroCard Fare Collection Machines,[72] 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.[55][72][73][74]

Fleet[edit]

New SBS signage on the M15 (top) and M86 (bottom) in Manhattan. This new program replaces the blue flashing lights that were taken down in 2013.

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 Service+ or +Select Bus in the destination sign. Bus stops where +SelectBusService 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 have three sets of doors which open simultaneously for easier boarding and alighting, with the exception of the S79.[55]

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.[75] The use of the lights also violated the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (Article 9, Section 375 (41)).[76] 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."[77] The lights were removed from service on January 18, 2013.[75]

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. So far all the SBS routes in Manhattan and the Q44 have this version. As of December 2015, the SBS fleet on all routes except the S79 have had their front destination signs overhauled.[78][79]

The following table lists the buses used on each route.

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes
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) 4019, 4245-4278
(35 buses)
  • Cummins ISB 6.7L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive
New York City Transit NovaBus LFS 1254 M15 SBS.JPG Nova Bus
LFS
(semi-low floor, articulated)
2009-
2010
62 ft (18.90 m) 1233-1285
(53 buses)
  • 1233-1280, 1284-1285 are assigned to the M15 SBS.
  • 5306-5322, 5324, 5784, 5786, 5790-5792, 5794-5795, 5797-5798, 5801, 5804, 5806-5807, 5809, 5816-5817 are assigned to the Bx12 SBS.
  • 5770-5783, 5785 are assigned to the Bx41 SBS.
  • 5325-5363 are assigned to the B44 SBS.
  • 1281-1283, 5844-5863, 5965-5986 are assigned to the M34/A & M60 SBS.
  • 5323, 5824-5827, 5829, 5831-5841, 5864-5871 are assigned to the M86 SBS.
  • 5264-5266, 5799, 5822-5823, 5842-5843, 5896, 5901-5935 are assigned to the Q44 SBS.
MTA New York City Nova Bus LFS articulated #5851 operates along the M34 Select Bus Service route. 2011-
2013
5264-5266, 5306-5363, 5770-5786, 5790-5792, 5794-5795, 5797-5799, 5801, 5804, 5806-5809, 5816-5817, 5822-5827, 5829, 5831-5871, 5901-5935, 5968-5986
(195 buses)
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1700B

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Notes[edit]

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