are travel lanes for buses one lane away from the curb. These lanes serve buses as well as right-turning traffic and emergency vehicles. The lane next to the curb may be used for parking, loading, or kept entirely clear.
Curbside bus lane
are travel lanes for buses at the curb. Curbside bus lanes are only in effect at certain times, check the on-street curb regulations for hours of operation.
Bus bulb stations
are BRT stations where sidewalks have been widened to meet the bus lane. Bus bulbs provide more room for people to wait, and allow buses to travel straight into and out of the station without pulling over. Most importantly, these stations have a high curb that will be level with the floor of the BRT buses, making it easier and faster for all passengers to get on and off the bus.
Off-board fare collection
is when bus riders pay with a Metrocard or coins at a sidewalk ticket vending machine at the SBS bus stop before they get on the bus. This shortens the time the bus is stopped at the station and allows passengers to use all 3 doors to enter and exit the bus.
Transit signal priority
is a system that allows buses to pass thwough intersections more quickly. Sensors track when a bus nears an intersection, and turns traffic signals turn green sooner, or keeps them green longer. This keeps the bus moving, speeding up the bus trip.
on all routes will establish when the bus lanes are in effect. At a minimum, this will include at least one sign per block, positioned for high visibility for motorists. Additionally, large overhead signs will be located along the corridor to create additional bus lane visibility.
Enhanced road markings
will increase the visibility of bus lanes. New bus lanes will be colored with dark red terra cotta paint. On top of this color will be the traditional white BUS ONLY markings. The color treatment will end where motorists need to enter the bus lane to make the next available right turn.
Minimum bus stop spacing
will mean faster bus trips. Select Bus Service routes have a simple route pattern with stops farther apart than typical bus routes to help the bus travel faster. Routes will typically still be served by local buses that will serve all stops.