Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bx6-The Fifthteenth Bus Route To Join The NYC Bus Rapid Transit Family

NEW YORK, NY-The Bx6 +SelectBusService is the fifthteenth bus route to join the New York City Bus Rapid Transit family. It supplements the existing Bx6 local service, making stops at select high-ridership locations and all transfers points to Metro-North and the (1),(2),(4),(5),(6),(B),(C), &(D) subway lines.  Both services continue to provide links to the commuter railroad, subway lines, other bus routes and notable destinations like Yankee Stadium, the Bronx courthouses and the Hunts Point food markets. Both the local and +SBS+ counterparts (split into two) operates between Hunts Point, Bronx and Washington Heights, Manhattan. To accommodate the SBS launch and the route’s growing ridership, New York City Transit is also increasing service on the Bx6 local by adding early morning and evening trips on weekdays, as well as additional weekend trips.Approximately 24,000 daily Bx6 customers will benefit from the addition of Select Bus Service to the route, thanks to the implementation of SBS features that will help buses travel faster and improve traffic conditions and pedestrian safety in congested areas such as 161st Street between River and Morris avenues. Features that have been implemented on other Select Bus Service routes have decreased travel times by as much as 20 percent and helped to increase ridership by as much as 10 percent. MTA New York City Transit and NYC Department of Transportation conducted extensive outreach with communities along the Bx6 route, engaging in data collection, public comment periods, various community board and borough president meetings, and an open house to solicit feedback on SBS stop locations and street redesigns. These discussions led to changes such as curb extensions, increased pedestrian space and safer and easily accessible bus boarding. The service is based out of the West Farms Depot and fleet consists of 2017 New Flyer XN40 CNG Xcelsiors , seen here.

Extensive data collection and observations found that along the Bx6’s 6.3-mile route, vehicles parked in bus stops, double parking and traffic congestion slowed bus speeds to between 3 and 4 miles per hour in the 161st Street and Sherman Avenue area and through the vehicle tunnel under the Grand Concourse. As a result, those areas underwent major street redesigns to incorporate bus lanes, wider sidewalks for pedestrians, and median bus boarding islands to avoid vehicles parked in stops. Both the Bx6 SBS and local service benefit from these redesigns. Bx6 bus service before +SBS implementation can be found here and +SBS preview here. Commentary on this new +SBS route is also found here. Bx6 +SBS+ and Local Bus Action can be seen here. All action that was taken place on this route 

New York City Transit’s push to bring Select Bus Service, New York’s version of the Bus Rapid Transit concept, to more routes across the city is part of the MTA’s broad program to improve bus service and attract new ridership. The MTA is in the process of upgrading its bus fleet with modern customer amenities such as Wi-Fi, USB charging ports and digital information screens, and advanced bus operating technology such as traffic signal priority, and pedestrian and collision safety warning systems. Bx6 +SBS+ operates daily from 5am to 10pm, daily, while Bx6 local operates at all times.
Next bus routes to join the +SBS+ family are the Q52/53 (Woodhaven/Cross Bay) in Fall 2017 and the B82 (Southern Brooklyn) in Spring 2018.

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