Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign

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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

View or download our Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign presentation for more information.

Take Our Survey

Redesigning a bus network is a collaborative effort. We need to hear from you about your experience riding buses in Brooklyn, what works and what doesn't work. Take our survey and share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas.

Get Involved

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.

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 Accessible station on the southbound side only
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 Accessible station on the southbound side only 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
Bus: B8

Map of Open House Event Locations

A map of the 10 Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign 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.

Project Timeline

A visual graphic that depicts the schedule for the entire Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign

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.