Addition of Routes Gives MTA Operation of Full SIM Network
Midtown Manhattan Express Bus Service from Annadale, Huguenot and Prince’s Bay
Service will Begin Jan. 3, 2022
Routes Previously Operated by Academy Bus
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that it will take over operation of the SIM23 and SIM24 bus routes on Staten Island. These express bus routes serve Annadale, Huguenot and Prince’s Bay with service to Midtown Manhattan. Starting Jan. 3, 2022, New York City Transit will operate five morning trips and six afternoon trips on each route. The takeover of these routes also gives the MTA full operation of the Staten Island Express Bus Network.
Both routes were previously operated by Academy Bus under contract with the City of New York. Under the new arrangement with the MTA, the City will cover the capital and operating expenses and New York City Transit will manage operation of the routes.
"The current SIM network is a collaborative effort between our customers, labor partners and Staten Island Borough President Oddo and the MTA’s assumption of the full Staten Island Express Network has been a top priority for us all for some time,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “Working with our partners in the City, especially NYCDOT, we will ensure that all Staten Islanders are able to enjoy reliable service and share in the improvements of the redesigned SIM network.”
“New York City Transit is committed to providing the best bus service to Staten Island and will monitor service and make schedule adjustments as needed,” said Acting President at the MTA Bus Company and New York City Transit Senior Vice President of Buses Frank Annicaro. “Riders can expect the high level of bus service our expansive express network offers and will now be able to use OMNY and the other great features provided through the MYmta app.”
Bus frequencies will remain the same although there will be slight modifications to the schedule and routing. Schedule and route information will be available at mta.info or by calling 511. Customers who use the SIM23 and SIM24 route will be able to use OMNY and track their bus routes through the MYmta app.
Due to the significantly underused Outerbridge Park and Ride SIM24 bus stop no longer being served, customers will be able to use the Huguenot Park and Ride instead, which is located on Drumgoole Road East at Huguenot Avenue where SIM24 service is available. The Hylan Boulevard at Luten Avenue bus stop will be served by the SIM24 instead of the SIM23. The SIM 24 will also serve a new stop at Amboy Road on Huguenot Avenue.
In response to public input, the SIM23 bus stop on Hylan Boulevard at Poillon Avenue will be retained. The SIM23 and SIM24 will continue to serve the remainder of their current stops on Staten Island and in Midtown Manhattan.