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Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign

The Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign is a transformative project that will make bus service in the borough faster, more frequent, more reliable, and better connected to the subway.
Updated May 4, 2022
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Details

  • Location
    Bronx
  • Type
    Bus Network Redesign
  • Status
    Implementation

Area Map

40.837318768115, -73.87794435

Timeline

Planning
  • October 2019: MTA proposed the Bronx Bus Network Final Plan
  • February 2020: MTA held a public hearing to gather final comments
  • March 2020: Project placed on hold due to COVID-19
  • August 2021: Project resumed
  • December 2021: MTA Board approved Bronx Bus Network Final Plan
Implementation
  • June 2022: Bronx Bus Network Final Plan will be implemented

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About the project

The Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign is a transformative project that will make bus service in the borough faster, more frequent, and more reliable — plus, it will better connect Bronx residents to nearby subways.

We will implement the Redesign changes on June 26. As part of the plan, 13 Bronx bus routes will change, and we will launch two new routes.  

The new bus routes are simpler and more direct, with more frequent service and improved bus stop spacing. The goal is to improve Bronx bus riders’ commutes and provide better service.  

You can see how your bus route will change once the Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign is implemented by using our new trip planner. Right now, the planner only includes a week's worth of trips from Sunday, July 10 to Saturday, July 16. Plan a trip that week at the date and time you'd be traveling to see how the new bus network will serve your trip. 

You can also check out route profiles for every local Bronx bus route to see how service on your route will change when the Redesign is implemented. (Note: Service on the Bx5, Bx6, and Bx6-SBS will not change at this time.) 

We are also working with our partners at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to create new bus priority corridors. These have street improvements, such as new bus lanes, that allow the MTA to operate faster service. Learn more about these bus priority projects. 

We still want to hear from you as the redesign is implemented. You can submit a comment or feedback as the process gets underway.

Project benefits

  • Better connections 
  • Faster bus trips 
  • More reliable service 
  • Increased frequencies to create a better all-day network 
  • Better stop spacing to speed up buses and improve reliability   

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Background

In October 2019, we proposed a Final Plan to redesign the Bronx Bus Network focused on bringing our customers faster, more reliable bus service. 

In February 2020, we held a public hearing on the proposed Final Plan to gather final comments, wrapping up a multi-year effort that incorporated feedback from every corner of the Bronx and northern Manhattan. However, in March 2020, the bus network redesign was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project remained paused for approximately 18 months. 

In August 2021, we announced the restart of the Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign. We published a Final Plan Addendum in November 2021, which incorporated additional feedback gathered in 2021 from our customers and members of the public. The proposed Final Plan demonstrates our new approach to providing bus service, one that responds and adapts to the ever-changing needs and travel patterns of our customers while reallocating available resources where they are needed most.