In 2004, the NYC Department of Transportation, MTA New York City Transit, and the New York State Department of Transportation began studying how Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) could improve transit service in New York City. Through a process that involved detailed analysis and significant public outreach, the agencies developed a set of recommended routes that would be most appropriate for BRT improvements, known as Select Bus Service. These routes were included in PlaNYC 2030, Mayor Bloomberg's comprehensive sustainability plan for the City’s future .
The following Select Bus Service routes incorporate BRT elements to serve different types of bus routes and streets around the city.
- The 34th Street Select Bus Service project seeks to improve transit service, pedestrian safety and mobility and curb access on one of Manhattan’s most celebrated streets. Fare pre-payment along the route began in November 2011, with additional street design improvements to follow in 2013.
- Fordham Road-Pelham Parkway Select Bus Service started service in June 2008 in the Bronx and increased speeds by 20%, with 98% of riders satisfied or very satisfied with the new service.
- First Avenue/Second Avenue Select Bus Service began in October 2010. Offset and curbside bus lanes are paired with pedestrian and bicycling improvements. This service has since increased ridership on the M15 by 9% and improved speed by 15 to 18%.
- Hylan Boulevard Select Bus Service launched in September, 2012 and includes streamlined bus service, four miles of bus lanes, left-turn lanes, pedestrian refuge islands and new bus shelters, among other improvements.
- M60 Select Bus Service will upgrade the existing M60 route to LaGuardia Airport via 125th Street and Astoria Boulevard. The route will potentially include dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, off-board fare payment, limited stops, and low-floor, three-door articulated buses. M60 Select Bus Service would connect to twelve subway lines (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, B, C, D, N, and Q) and the Metro-North Railroad.
- Nostrand Avenue-Rogers Avenue Select Bus Service will be a 9.3 mile route along a key north-south corridor in Brooklyn, connecting densely-populated residential areas with multiple subway lines, bus routes, shopping areas, two colleges, and two major hospitals
- Webster Avenue Select Bus Service is currently underway on the Bx41 bus route in the Bronx, benefiting the 22,000 Bx41 passengers daily.
The Future of Select Bus Service
The report Bus Rapid Transit Phase II: Future Corridors (June 2010) outlines 16 potential future Select Bus Service corridors in New York City. Moving forward, DOT and NYCT will develop new BRT services based on available funding, community support, and progress on related transit projects. For each corridor, NYCT and DOT will engage in an extensive community planning effort. Learn more about BRT Phase II