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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.
Bronx: We released our Final Plan for the bus network. We're out in the Bronx and Manhattan meeting with different Community Boards and hosting pop-up events to talk about what's in store for Bronx bus service. We're also hosting a digital town hall on December 12. Make sure to tune in. Visit the Bronx Bus Network Redesign microsite for more information. You can also submit your comments and questions here.
Queens: We released the proposed Draft Plan for the Queens Bus Network. Read through the report, share your comments and get details about the public input sessions here.
Brooklyn: On October 2, 2019, we kicked off the Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign project and will be releasing the Existing Conditions report in Q1 next year.
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.