A new report shows that NYCDOT and NYC Transit are sprinting ahead with expansion plans for the city’s successful Select Bus Service bus rapid transit program. As part of these plans, the agencies will hold a series of workshops in the coming weeks to get input on potential new routes.
The first route in the Select Bus Service program, the Bronx’s Bx12, opened last year and has gotten top marks from riders. It uses signal priority, bus lanes along part of the route, and off-board fare collection to speed trip times by an average of 19%. Along with the Bx12, the “phase I” bus rapid transit plan includes improvements in Jamaica, Queens, and future routes on 34th Street and 1st/2nd Aves. in Manhattan, Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn, and Hylan Blvd. in Staten Island.
Planning for the second phase will focus on dense neighborhoods far from the subway, transit trips that are long and slow (like crosstown bus routes in Manhattan), areas where subways are extremely crowded, and rapidly growing neighborhoods.
The city is also looking at more dramatic bus service improvements like median bus lanes, improved stations and buses, and real-time bus arrival, a project which has run into difficulties in the past (all of these improvements are present in the rendering above).
According to the report, NYCDOT and NYC Transit will announce 8-10 corridors for further development later this year, with the next BRT routes being implemented on 1st and 2nd Aves. in 2010, and Nostrand Ave. in 2011.
The first of seven workshops will be held at 6:30 on May 28 in the Bronx, with meetings in all five boroughs. For the entire schedule and directions, click here.
Images: From NYCDOT report, “Introduction to Bus Rapid Transit Phase II” (PDF).