125th–LaGuardia Airport Select Bus Service

M60 Select Bus Service begins on May 25, 2014

Overview | Updates | Design | Community Outreach and Reports | Timeline

M60 SBS Route

Overview

Over 32,000 people ride buses daily on 125th Street, 9,700 on the M60, making it the busiest bus route on 125th Street. However, M60 buses are stopped over 60% of the time, and at times the bus moves as slow as 2.7 mph, which is slower than the average walking speed.

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) plan to upgrade the M60 to Select Bus Service, featuring off-board fare payment, dedicated bus lanes, limited stops and transit signal priority in Manhattan. Bus lanes and other 125th Street improvements would benefit all 32,000 daily bus riders on 125th Street, not just the M60. As part of the project, DOT would also make improvements to curb regulations and pedestrian safety along the corridor.

Select Bus Service improvements would also benefit riders taking the M60 to the LaGuardia Airport (LGA). In Queens, the Select Bus Service route would feature limited stops, off-board fare collection, transit signal priority, and some targeted bus lanes. Q19 local service on Astoria Boulevard would be retained.

The new bus service will make travel 10–15% faster from end-to-end than the current route, and 15-20% faster between 125th Street/Lexington Avenue and LaGuardia Airport. Improvements will save at least 5 minutes per trip across town, connecting to twelve subway lines (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, B, C, D, N, and Q) and Metro-North Railroad, and make trips more reliable.

Updates

The M60 Select Bus Services launched on Sunday, May 25, 2014. In advance of the launch of service, the following changes took place:

  • Parking changes on 124th, 125th and 126th Streets, which will add residential parking, commercial loading and metered parking
  • Dedicated bus lanes on 125th Street from Lenox Avenue to Second Avenue
  • Installation of Select Bus Service fare machines
Download the M60 SBS Implementation Flyer Download the Curb Regulations Flyer

Design

Select Bus Service improvements took into account transit travel times, traffic flow, traffic and pedestrian safety, and parking needs. Design features along the corridor will include:

Community Outreach and Reports

Community outreach for the 125th Select Bus Service project included a Community Advisory Committee, public open houses and workshops, Community Board presentations, walking tours, and outreach to specific stakeholders, such as local merchants and community institutions. Throughout the study, design, and implementation process, DOT employed this outreach strategy to foster a dialog between the stakeholders and the agency and ensure full community engagement.

Community Advisory Committee

NYCT and DOT convened a Community Advisory Committee, a broad range of stakeholders, including elected officials, Community Board members, civic/neighborhood groups, business organizations, and major area institutions, who met every few months throughout the course of the project to assist in the planning and development of the 125th Street-LaGuardia Airport Select Bus Service.

Community Board Meetings

Community boards are local representative bodies. There are 59 boards across the City. DOT and MTA make presentations to all of the Community Boards located along proposed Select Bus Service routes.

Community Board 1
June 6, 2013
Select Bus Service presentation
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Community Board 9
March 7, 2013
Proposed street design for 125th Street
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June 5, 2013
Revised street design for 125th Street
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Community Board 10
March 13, 2013
Proposed street design for 125th Street
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June 12, 2013 (presented to full board) and October 10, 2013 (presented to Transportation Committee)
Revised street design for 125th Street
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Community Board 11
March 5, 2013
Proposed street design for 125th Street
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June 4, 2013 (presented to full board) and June 18, 2013 (presented to Transportation Committee)
Revised street design for 125th Street
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Public Open Houses

Open Houses also took place at key points to inform and gain input from the Community Advisory Committee and the larger public. Open Houses included presentations with question and answer sections, information boards, and gave the public the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with project staff and to comment on Select Bus Service design plans.

September 19, 2012: Better Bus Service for 125th Download the materials from the meeting (pdf) Download a summary of the meeting (pdf)

December 3, 2012: Transit Improvements Download the presentation (pdf) Download a summary of the meeting (pdf)

April 9, 2013: 125th Street Existing Conditions Download the presentation (pdf)

Timeline

Summer-Fall 2012
Initial round of public outreach with Community Boards and general public

Fall-Winter 2012/13
Preliminary street design and service plan developed

Winter-Spring 2013
Ongoing planning and outreach

Fall 2013
Project slated for Spring 2014 implementation