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Revitalizing New York City's bus network
What we're doing
As part of the Fast Forward plan, we’re taking a holistic, clean-slate look at bus service patterns in each borough of New York City to better match service with current and future travel demands. This will be a collaborative process among MTA New York City Transit, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the public to ensure all affected residents have a say in their redesigned networks.
We're also working with our City partners to take a multi-pronged approach to keep bus lanes clear. In June, a new law passed that expands the bus lane camera program. The NYPD and MTA can now use automated bus lane enforcement technology to identify cars or other vehicles that block lanes and obstruct bus movement. This will go a long way toward helping us meet our goal to speed up buses by 25% over the next five years. Learn more about bus lanes and how they are enforced by NYPD.
Why we're doing it
New York City has changed exponentially since the last time we thoroughly examined the bus network. Rapid development in all five boroughs has reoriented travel patterns and led to an overall increase in congestion on the street network. As a result, New York City has the slowest buses of any major city and a network that is not truly connective. We want to improve and simplify our current network to get travelers where they want to go more quickly and efficiently.
On December 15, 2021, the MTA Board approved the Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign Final Plan. The Bus Network Redesign Team will now begin the important work of preparing for borough-wide implementation in Summer 2022. We will continue to use this project page to keep our customers and stakeholders up-to-date on next steps.
We are excited to restart the Queens Bus Network Redesign with a “New Draft Plan,” driven by customer feedback, to be released in Q1 2022. This will be a new plan—not the Final Plan, nor the Draft Plan that was proposed in late 2019/early 2020.
We released the Existing Conditions Report for the Brooklyn Bus Network. Read through it to get a better understanding of how well the buses perform and why it's vital we redesign the network to improve service.
Reimagining the Bus Network
Learn more about other redesign projects
Detailed information on the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island Express Bus Network Redesigns can be found below.