Closeup of the bus lane sign at Sydney, Australia
Mayor Eric Adams and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Janno Lieber, in June, announced a lineup of 20 new miles of bus lane projects, following a closed-doors “transit improvement summit.” More than half of the enhancements are in the Bronx, where a third of the population regularly rides buses. They are designed to improve service for some 327,000 daily riders.
The new bus projects are to launch in eight neighborhoods:
- Fordham Road and 207th Street between 10th Avenue and White Plains Road in Manhattan and the Bronx (3.0 miles)
- Gun Hill Road between Bainbridge Bartow avenues in the Bronx (3.8 miles)
- University Avenue between Kingsbridge Road and the Washington Bridge in the Bronx (3.4 miles)
- Westchester Avenue at the Pelham Bay Park station in the Bronx (0.1 miles)
- First Avenue between East 61st Street and East 79th Street in Manhattan (0.9 miles)
- Segments of Avenues A and D in Manhattan (1.0 mile)
- 21st St. between the Kennedy and Queensboro bridges in Queens (3.4 miles)
- Northern Boulevard between Broadway and 114th St. in Queens (5.4 miles)
A warning to drivers: The city plans to increase traffic enforcement! The DOT says it will install 50 fixed bus lane cameras on new and existing lanes. The MTA is matching that commitment by more than tripling its on-vehicle automated bus lane camera enforcement program to a total of 423 on 16 routes by the end of the year.
Officials say early enforcement is key to “retraining the ridership.”
Source: Crain’s New York Business