Improve and expand bus transit throughout the city
To improve bus service throughout New York City, we will:
• Expand the Select Bus Service (SBS) network to 20 routes citywide by 2017. The MTA and New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will significantly expand the reach of SBS, bringing faster and more-reliable bus service to tens of thousands of daily bus riders. The City and the MTA will initiate service on three new SBS routes in 2015 and five new routes in both 2016 and 2017. The next routes to launch in 2015 are 86th Street in Manhattan, Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, and Flushing to Jamaica via Main Street in Queens. The City has also begun work on a transformative new bus rapid-transit route on Woodhaven Boulevard which will reduce travel times by 25 to 30 percent for more than 30,000 daily bus riders. The SBS program has been successful in reducing travel times and increasing ridership.
• Improve local bus service. NYCDOT will work with the MTA to identify key congestion points along busy local bus routes, and to develop and implement solutions. Over the next four years, the City will address eight of these bus hot spots. The City will also continue to expand transit signal priority (TSP), a system that improves bus reliability by giving buses an early green light or extra green time at intersections.