Bus Rapid Transit

CIVITAS supports the October 2010 implementation of Select Bus Service (SBS) on First and Second Avenue (South Ferry to 125th Street), which replaces the M15 Limited. The East Side was chosen for the Manhattan bus rapid transit (BRT) pilot project after the successful BRT line was implemented in the Bronx. If successful, SBS represents an inexpensive and innovative transportation approach to New York City.  Since 2009, CIVITAS has participated in the Community Advisory Committee, a coalition comprised of the MTA, NYC DOT, elected officials and community stakeholders, to help plan and provide feedback to implement SBS. If the M15 Select Bus Service line proves to be a success, we hope to see additional bus rapid transit lines built throughout New York City.

From November 1, 2010 – January 3, 2011 CIVITAS conducted an SBS Rider Survey to gauge the success of the new bus line since it’s launch in October 2010.  CIVITAS shared survey results with MTA New York City Transit, NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), elected officials, and community boards 8 and 11 with recommendations for improvements.  Click here to view the survey questions.  Read the letter and report here and stay tuned for more information on this initiative.

Additional Resources:
CIVITAS blog: http://civitasnyc.blogspot.com/2010/10/bus-rapid-transit-on-east-side-to-start.html

NYC Department of Transportation’s Bus Rapid Transit website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/brt/html/current/first_ave.shtml 

Click here to view an MTA schedule and map of the M15/SBS route

Click here to read NYC Transit and DOT’s SBS First/Second Avenue fall newsletter highlighting SBS’ new features