MTA New York City Transit President Richard Davey traveled to West Farms Square this morning to gather initial impressions from Bronx bus riders on the first weekday of the Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign. First begun in February 2019, the redesign is the first redesign of a borough-wide local bus network to be completed. It follows the redesign of the Staten Island express bus network in August 2018.
The MTA is taking a comprehensive look at bus service patterns in each borough in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation to better match service with current and future travel demands and making sure all residents have a say in their redesigned bus networks.
“New York City has changed dramatically in the years since bus networks were last comprehensively reviewed,” Davey said. “The MTA’s bus network redesigns aim to improve and simplify the networks to get travelers where they want to go more quickly and efficiently, essentially updating the networks to reflect many years of changing urban development. The MTA is by straightening out routes, maximizing bus-priority measures like transit signal priority and automated bus lane camera enforcement, and extending the distance between stops to conform with U.S. averages. I want to thank all the riders who have had input into the Bronx redesign. You helped us improve. We listened. Today, we are acting.”
The next boroughs due for local bus network redesigns are Queens and Brooklyn. In Queens, the MTA is accepting comments on a new draft plan driven by customer feedback that supersedes an earlier draft plan published in late 2019/early 2020. In Brooklyn, the MTA has released a report on the existing conditions of the Brooklyn bus network and expects to issue the Brooklyn Draft Plan by the end of the year.