Fordham Road/Pelham Parkway

BX12 Select Bus Service began on June 29, 2008

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BX12 Select Bus


New York City's first Select Bus Service route, the Fordham Road-Pelham Parkway Bx12 SBS launched on June 29, 2008. The Bx12 SBS replaced the Bx12 Limited service from the Inwood neighborhood in Manhattan to Co-Op City in the Bronx, offering transfer opportunities to the 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, A, B and D subway lines and Metro-North Commuter Railroad lines as it traveled east-west through the borough.


Since SBS was implemented on Fordham Road, travel time has decreased by 20%, from a one way travel time of 58 minutes on the Bx12 Limited to 47 minutes on Bx12 SBS. The faster service has spurred a seven-percent ridership increase on the Bx12 (including the SBS and local service) from October 2007 to October 2008, rising to an average daily ridership of just over 46,000. This ridership increase occurred while average weekday bus ridership for all other routes in the Bronx remained essentially unchanged (540,000 daily riders in October 2007 versus 539,000 in October 2008). In a survey conducted in August 2008, 98% of Bx12 SBS riders were satisfied or very satisfied with the new service.


The Select Bus Service brand made its debut on the Bx12 Select Bus Service route. New, branded buses travelled along the corridor making stops at branded bus stations with new shelters. The Bx12 Select Bus Service implemented the first use of the Delivery Window concept, which allowed commercial loading in curbside bus lanes for specified periods of time during the day, and included a mix of Select Bus Service features such as:


BRT study began

Fordham selected as Phase I corridor

2007 through 2008
Plan development/community outreach

June 29 2008: Select Bus Service began on the Bx12 Select Bus Service

October 2013
East-bound Pelham Parkway bus lanes added