Staten Island’s express bus service started in the 1960’s. Since then, population, work trends, and the number of cars on the road have shifted. For a while, changes to the network happened piecemeal. In 2015, the MTA launched a comprehensive study to find out the best way to improve the network and provide better service. Data analysis and input from more than 3,000 riders as well as bus operators, elected officials, and local community leaders led to the creation of the redesigned network.
The new network is designed to address slow speeds and unreliability. The updated routes concentrate service where possible to streets with bus priority and are, on average, shorter and spend less time on Manhattan streets. They have fewer turns and have more space in between bus stops. Riders’ benefits include the following:
- Simplified service to Manhattan
- More direct routes on Staten Island
- Fewer stops to speed up trips
- Expanded off-peak and weekend service to Manhattan
- Streamlined routing to either Midtown or Downtown Manhattan