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Expand Select Bus Service (SBS) and improve local bus service

With the MTA, DOT will expand the SBS network to 20 routes citywide, with a focus on neighborhoods underserved by the subway and corridors with high bus ridership. The agency will continue to advance the quality of SBS and local bus service through improved bus lane and design treatments, bus countdown clocks, fare collection methods, and transit signal priority.

Strategic Plan 2016 Initiative


Related OneNYC Initiative


Short-Term Milestones (by end of 2017)


Update Description

In partnership with the MTA, DOT will launch SBS on five additional routes:

  • B46 (Utica Avenue) launched July 2016
  • Bx6 (161st Street)
  • M23 (23rd Street)
  • Q52/53 (Woodhaven Boulevard)
  • Q70 (LaGuardia via BQE)

Almost 89 miles of Select Bus Service routes have been installed, reducing travel times by 15-25 percent through improved fare collection and dedicated bus lanes. The recent launch dates are:

  • B46 (Utica Ave) in July 2016
  • LaGuardia Link (Q70) in September 2016
  • M23 (23rd Street) in November 2016
  • M79 in May 2017
  • Bx6 (South Bronx) in September 2017
  • Q52/53 (Woodhaven Boulevard) in November 2017

There are 15 SBS routes in operation as of December 2017.

Medium-Term Milestones (by end of 2021)


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In partnership with the MTA, DOT will complete six additional SBS routes and develop expansion plan for the next generation of SBS and BRT routes.