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Queens Bus Network Redesign

This project is part of our larger effort to modernize New York City’s bus network and improve bus service borough by borough. We are taking a fresh look at the bus network, with the goal of meeting customers’ priorities: more reliable service, faster travel, better connections, and ease of use. 
Updated May 11, 2022
A bus with an electric screen at the top that reads Q53

Details

  • Location
    Queens
  • Type
    Bus Network Redesign
  • Status
    Planning

Area Map

40.707629483535, -73.795462692511

Timeline

Pre-Planning
  • April 2019: Queens Bus Network Redesign initiative launched
  • August 2019: Queens Existing Conditions Report published
Planning
  • December 2019: Original Queens Draft Plan published
  • August 2021: Bus Network Redesign initiative restarted after COVID-related pause
  • December 2021: Original Queens Draft Plan withdrawn from consideration
  • March 2022: Queens New Draft Plan published

For languages other than English, use the Google Translate tool at the bottom of this page. 

About the project

We are excited to restart the Queens Bus Network Redesign initiative. This is an ambitious plan that will improve bus travel for Queens riders.

The New Draft Plan, driven by customer feedback, was released on March 29, 2022. Through our outreach efforts in winter 2020, we collected an immense amount of constructive feedback from the public. Comments centered around subway connections, schedule proposals, and bus stop spacing. This feedback became the primary input for the new draft plan.

With the new Draft Plan, we worked to address as many customer concerns as possible, while still including some well-received elements of the Original Draft Plan. Overall, we focused on redesign strategies that would improve the existing bus network.

Project benefits

  • Improved connections and a simplified network that will decrease travel times and make trips simpler for riders
  • Improved intraborough and interborough connections
  • Increased frequencies to create a better all-day frequent network to meet customer needs 
  • Better balanced stop spacing, which will speed up buses and improve reliability 
  • Bus Priority Projects on targeted corridors will maximize travel time savings and improve the quality of service

A map of the proposed Queens Bus Network Redesign plan

Next steps

This spring, the MTA will host a range of public engagements and workshops to gather additional input from customers and Queens residents. Your input will inform and shape the Proposed Final Plan.

This process is laid out more fully in the report.

A flowchart showing the next steps of a bus network redesign project

Public workshops

We're planning a better bus network for Queens, and we want to hear from you. Please join us for your community event! 

All workshops will be take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Please use this link to register for your community workshop. If you can’t make the workshop for your neighborhood, feel free to sign up for a different one.

Each workshop will be conducted in English with captioning and other languages per the list below. Additional language interpreters, ASL, and captioning will be available upon advance request via the registration form no later than five business days before the workshop you want to attend.

Download the New Draft Plan Brochure.

Schedule of public workshops

Date

Community district

Neighborhoods covered

Language assistance provided

Monday, April 18

Community District 1 

Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside

Spanish, Mandarin, Bangla

Thursday, April 21

Community District 2

Hunters Point, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside

Spanish, Mandarin, Bangla

Tuesday, April 26

Community District 3

East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, North Corona

Spanish, Mandarin, Bangla

Thursday, April 28

Community District 4

Corona, Corona Heights, Elmhurst

Spanish, Mandarin

Wednesday, May 4

Community District 5

Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Fresh Pond, Liberty Park

Spanish, Mandarin

Thursday, May 5

Community District 6

Forest Hills, Rego Park

Spanish, Mandarin

Tuesday, May 10

Community District 7

Kissena Park, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Bay Terrace, College Point, Beechhurst, Queensborough Hill, Willets Point

Spanish, Mandarin, Korean

Thursday, May 12

Community District 8

Briarwood, Cunningham Heights, Flushing South, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Hilltop Village, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens, Pomonok, Utopia

Spanish, Bangla

Monday, May 16

Community District 9

Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Kew Gardens

Spanish, Bangla

Wednesday, May 18

Community District 10

Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Tudor Village, Lindenwood

Spanish, Bangla

Tuesday, May 24

Community District 11

Bayside, Douglaston to Little Neck, Auburndale, East Flushing, Oakland Gardens, Hollis Hills

Spanish, Mandarin, Korean

Thursday, May 26

Community District 12

Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens

Spanish, Bangla

Tuesday, May 31

Community District 13

Bellaire, Bellerose, Brookville, Cambria Heights, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Laurelton, Meadowmere, North Shore Towers, Queens Village, Rosedale, Wayanda

Spanish, Bangla

Thursday, June 2

Community District 14

Breezy Point, Belle Harbor, Neponsit, Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Rockaway, Rockaway Park, Far Rockaway

Spanish

Please join your Virtual Workshop at https://mta.zoom.us/j/86541509211?pwd=Qk5MZUpZa2k2SmRBMldtRUVmZnVzUT09  

Meeting ID: 865 4150 9211  

One tap mobile +19294362866,,86541509211#,,,,*6256615911# US (New York) 

Explore the proposed bus network

Interactive network maps

 We need your feedback! Use this interactive Remix map to view our proposed bus routes and stops in detail. Please provide comments using the "Post Comment" button on the top right of the page. Then click on the route that you would like to comment on. To learn more about how to use the Remix maps and provide comments, please watch the short video pop-up in the links below. 

System maps
Slideshow of key takeaways

Where we left off

In December 2019, we released the original Queens Bus Network Redesign Draft Plan. It focused on providing more reliable service, faster travel, better connections, and improving ease of use. For the next three months, we held dozens of outreach events throughout Queens. Resulting from these efforts, we received over 11,000 comments. 

However, in March 2020, we paused work on the Bus Network Redesigns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project remained on pause for approximately 18 months. 

In August 2021, we announced we would restart the Bus Network Redesigns, with the Bronx local bus project resuming first, and the Queens project up next.