Bus Network Redesign

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Revitalizing New York City's Bus Network

What are we doing?

As part of the Fast Forward plan, we’re taking a holistic, clean-slate look at bus service patterns in each borough of New York City to better match service with current and future travel demands. This will be a collaborative process among MTA New York City Transit, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the public to ensure all affected residents have a say in their redesigned networks.

We're also working with our City partners to take a multi-pronged approach to keep bus lanes clear. In June, a new law passed that expands the bus lane camera program. The NYPD and MTA can now use automated bus lane enforcement technology to identify cars or other vehicles that block lanes and obstruct bus movement. This will go a long way toward helping us meet our goal to speed up buses by 25% over the next five years. Learn more about bus lanes and how they are enforced by NYPD here.

Why are we doing it?

New York City has changed exponentially since the last time we thoroughly examined the bus network. Rapid development in all five boroughs has reoriented travel patterns and led to an overall increase in congestion on the street network. As a result, New York City has the slowest buses of any major city and a network that is not truly connective. We want to improve and simplify our current network to get travelers where they want to go more quickly and efficiently.

What's next?

Bronx: We released our Draft Plan for the bus network. Our public Open Houses are complete, but you can still learn about the Draft Plan, take our surveys, and share your feedback here.

Queens: We released the Existing Conditions Report for the Queens Bus Network. Read through the Executive Summary, Key Findings, and Next Steps here. You can also download a PDF of the entire report.

Brooklyn: On October 2, 2019, we kicked off the Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign project. Soon, we'll be out in the borough to meet with you, hear about your experiences, and answer your questions. 

Learn More

Detailed information on the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island Express Bus Network Redesigns can be found below. The Bronx and Queens pages include ways to provide comments about the current redesign process.