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What We're Doing
We're taking a holistic, clean-slate look at Brooklyn bus service. By redesigning the bus network, we can deliver more frequent, reliable service that satisfies the needs of the borough.
How We're Doing It
Redesigning a bus network is a collaborative planning effort. We will work with our partners at NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), elected officials, and members of the communities we serve to understand what needs are going unfulfilled, what improvements can be made, and what service should remain as-is.
In Brooklyn, we’re assessing all local, Select Bus Service, and express bus service in the area, and how it matches up with current and future market needs and travel trends, with the goal of improving customer experience. We’re focusing on:
- Expanding bus priority in collaboration with NYCDOT
- Providing, high frequency, high capacity bus service on major corridors
- Improving bus stop spacing to speed up commute times
- Modifying bus routes that are low-performing and/or circuitous
- Reducing route redundancy and subway competition
- Improving off-peak service frequency and coverage
Public input is crucial to the development of this new network. Beginning in late October, we hosted public Open Houses to formally introduce the Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign Project, answer your questions, and get your feedback on what works and what doesn’t work with our current bus service. Click here for information on past events.
In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Take our survey or submit a comment to share your thoughts, questions or concerns about your experience with the Brooklyn Bus Network, and any ideas or suggestions you may have.
This website will be updated to provide you with the most current information on upcoming public events and items for public review.
For Your Consideration
Every transit agency works with finite resources. It’s important to receive input from the public to help us determine how to use those resources. We need to hear from the people most affected by the trade-offs that must be made during the redesign process.
There are three common trade-offs cities and communities make during a bus network redesign:
- Frequency vs. Coverage: Together, we must decide between a network that prioritizes frequency (covers a smaller area, but with very frequent service) or coverage (serves a larger area, but with less frequent service).
- Simple, Direct Routes vs Complex, Indirect Routes: We must decide between a network that includes direct routes with fewer turns, or a network with less direct, circuitous routes.
- More Stops vs. Fewer Stops: We must decide between a network that includes more stops with a shorter walk and a longer bus ride, resulting in less reliable service, or a network that has fewer stops with a longer walk and a shorter bus ride, resulting in more reliable service.
Bus Service in Brooklyn
Seventy-two local, limited, SBS, and express bus routes move over 650,000 weekday riders in Brooklyn. But they aren’t doing it well.
Many of those routes no longer reflect the travel needs of residents. Major commercial, residential, and institutional developments have changed the dynamics of the borough, affecting where residents go and how they get around.
Buses in the borough average 7.7 miles per hour. As congestion has worsened, buses have slowed, making service more unreliable.