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.