Hylan Boulevard Select Bus Service

S79 Select Bus Service began on September 2, 2012

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

S79 Select Bus Service began


Hylan Boulevard is the only continuous north-south route on the South Shore of Staten Island. On a typical weekday, 44,000 vehicles and 32,000 bus riders use the 17-mile-long corridor. In 2010, The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) conducted the Hylan Boulevard Transportation Study to improve traffic flow, transit service, and safety on the corridor between the Staten Island Mall and the 86th Street R station in Brooklyn, via Richmond Avenue and Hylan Boulevard.

At the time of the study, about half of the bus riders used the local S78 and S79 buses while the other half used one of eight different express routes. The goal of the Hylan Boulevard Select Bus Service project was to improve local and express bus travel time and reliability, improve traffic flow at congested intersections, and improve safety for all corridor users, including motorists, transit riders, and pedestrians. As part of the study, DOT and NYCT analyzed through and turning traffic on the corridor, surveyed parking activity, and analyzed transit ridership. To develop a full picture of how people used the corridor, the two agencies surveyed local merchants and conducted extensive public outreach for feedback from stakeholders. DOT and NYCT used the information collected to develop transit, traffic, and pedestrian improvements, an ultimately a project for the S79 Select Bus Service on Hylan Boulevard, which launched on September 2, 2012.

Hylan Boulevard corridor map


The S79 Hylan Boulevard Progress Report lays out the planning process, provides project details and results, and suggests additional future improvements to the corridor.

DOT will soon activate a sign that will provide real-time information on travel times to the Verrazzano Bridge via Hylan and Father Capodanno Boulevards.

Later in 2014, DOT will activate Transit Signal Priority along Richmond Avenue and Hylan Boulevard to help buses spend less time at red lights.

In 2016, DOT will construct improved Select Bus Service stations on Richmond Avenue at Yukon Avenue, and on 92nd Street at Fort Hamilton Parkway.

By 2016, DOT will construct or lengthen 21 concrete bus pads at Select Bus Service stations, to help ensure a smoother roadway.


Select Bus Service improvements took into account transit travel times, traffic flow, traffic and pedestrian safety, and parking needs. Most design elements were implemented in 2013 along with the start of service:

  • Limited-stop service on the S79 bus route
  • Streamlined S79 route to reduce travel time
  • Resurfaced roadway and new markings
  • Implemented bus lanes in appropriate locations along Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue
  • Optimized signal timing
  • Repaired sidewalks and installed pedestrian islands at crosswalks
  • New bus shelters
  • New and repaired concrete pads at bus stops, for a smoother roadway
  • Installed left turn bays and other traffic geometry improvements

Curbside bus lane  New bus shelters

Pedestrian islands  New-left-turn bays

Community Outreach and Reports

Community outreach for the Hylan Boulevard Transportation Study included a Community Advisory Committee, public meetings, and outreach to specific stakeholders. Throughout the study, design and implementation process, DOT and NYCT used 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 S79 Select Bus Service.

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 and 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.

December 2, 2010: Open House on Study Goals and Objectives

June 8, 2011: Open House on Improvement Options September 15, 2011: Open House on Proposed Improvements March 14, 2012: Open House on the Recommended Plan and Next Steps (pdf)


Hylan Boulevard identified as future Select Bus Service corridor

Fall 2010
Baseline conditions assessed

Winter 2011
Draft Concepts developed and reviewed

Spring 2011
Preferred Alternative selected through public input

Summer through fall 2011
Preferred Concept developed and stakeholder feedback provided

Winter through spring 2012
Traffic Analysis and Environmental Review is complete and an implementation plan was developed with public input

Summer through fall 2012
Project implementation

September 2, 2012: Service began on the S79 Select Bus Service

2014 through 2016
Long-term improvements, including Transit Signal Priority, improved stations, and new concrete bus pads