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. We’ll be out at bus stops and in subway stations over the next several weeks to meet with you and hear about your experiences. Beginning in late October, we’ll host 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. See below for schedules.
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.
Pop-up Event Schedule
|Date & Time||Location||Directions|
|Thursday, October 3, 2019
|Williamsburg Bridge & Washington Plaza||Subway: J/M/Z to Marcy Av
Bus: B24, B32, B39, B44-SBS, B46, B52, B60, B62, Q54, Q59
|Monday, October 7, 2019
10:00 AM-1:00PM and
|Fulton Mall, Downtown Brooklyn||Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall ( 2/3, 4/5 northbound only), R - Court St
Bus: B25, B41, B45, B52, B103
|Tuesday, October 8, 2019
|Myrtle Ave & Wyckoff Ave||Subway: L/M to Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs
Bus: B13, B26, B54, Q55, Q58
|Thursday, October 10, 2019
|Broadway Junction||Subway: A/J/Z/L to Broadway Junction
Bus: B12, B20, B25, B83, Q24, Q56
|Tuesday, October 15, 2019
|Glenwood Rd & Rockaway Pkwy||Subway: L to Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy
Bus: B6, B17, B42, B60, B82, B82-SBS
|Wednesday, October 16, 2019
|E. 16th St & Kings Hwy||Subway: B/Q to Kings Hwy
Bus: B2, B7, B31, B82, B82-SBS, B100
|Thursday, October 17, 2019
|Utica Av & Eastern Pkwy||Subway: 3/4 to Crown Hts-Utica Av
Bus: B14, B17, B46, B46-SBS
|Tuesday, October 22, 2019
|86th St & 4th Ave||Subway: R to 86 St
Bus: B1, B16, B63
|Wednesday, October 23, 2019
|Stillwell Ave & Mermaid Ave||Subway: D/F/Q to Coney Island-Stillwell Av
Bus: B64, B68, B82, B74
|Thursday, October 24, 2019
|Nostrand Ave & Flatbush Ave||Subway: 2/5 to Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College
Bus: B6, B11, B41, B103, B44, B44-SBS
Open House Event Schedule
These events have been scheduled at locations that are accessible to people with mobility impairments.
|Date||Location (all events are from 6:00-8:00 PM)||Directions|
|Tuesday, October 29, 2019||DeKalb Library
790 Bushwick Ave
|Subway: J to Koscuiszko St or M to Central Av
Bus: B38, B46, B46-SBS, B47, B54, Q24
|Wednesday, October 30, 2019||Crown Heights Library
560 New York Ave
|Subway: 2/5 to Sterling St or Winthrop St
Bus: B12, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B49
|Monday, November 4, 2019||South Shore High School
6565 Flatlands Ave (Accessible entrance on Ralph Ave)
|Bus: B6, B82-SBS, B103, BM2|
|Wednesday, November 6, 2019||New Lots Library
665 New Lots Av
|Subway: 3 to Van Siclen Av or New Lots Av
Bus: B6, B15, B84
|Thursday, November 7, 2019||Williamsburgh Library
240 Division Ave
|Subway: J/M/Z to Marcy Av
Bus: B24, B32, B39, B44-SBS, B46, B60, B62, Q54, Q59
|Tuesday, November 12, 2019||Park Slope Library
431 6th Ave (Brooklyn)
|Subway: F/G to 7 Av or F/G/R to 4 Av-9 St
Bus: B61, B63, B67, B69
|Wednesday, November 13, 2019||Bay Ridge Library
7223 Ridge Blvd
|Subway: R to Bay Ridge Av or 77 St
Bus: B4, B9, B37, B64, X27, X37
|Tuesday, November 19, 2019||Brighton Beach Library
16 Brighton 1st Rd
|Subway: Q to Ocean Pkwy
Bus: B1, B68
|Wednesday, November 20, 2019||Walt Whitman Library
93 St. Edwards St.
|Subway: B/Q/R to DeKalb Av or 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St
Bus: B54, B62
|Thursday, November 21, 2019||Kensington Library
4207 18 Av (Brooklyn)
|Subway: F to 18 Av
Map of Open House Event Locations
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.