The MTA is Speeding Up Staten Island’s Express Bus Routes Rollout Summer 2018
A public hearing on the Staten Island express bus redesign will be held on Monday, May 21 at the College of Staten Island. For more information, visit the MTA Public Hearings page.
Since the March 2018 open houses, in response to public feedback, further analysis was conducted and several adjustments made to the new routes:
- The SIM7 will operate on Hylan Boulevard north of Midland Avenue instead of Father Capodanno Boulevard.
- The SIM8 has been extended to serve Woodrow Road, terminating at Woodrow Road and Huguenot Avenue.
- Buses operating via the Lincoln Tunnel (SIM8, SIM22, SIM23, SIM24, SIM25, SIM26, SIM30) will travel on 42nd Street in both directions.
MTA expects to launch this redesigned network in August.
Extensive data analysis and input from nearly 2,500 riders led to the creation of the redesigned network, which will offer customers travel times that are similar to, or faster than, their trips today, thereby improving their commutes and quality of life.
Customer feedback for these improvements has been overwhelmingly positive. In a survey of more than 1,000 express bus riders, 76 percent of respondents supported the project. Customers also provided additional meaningful input that helped us further refine the redesign.
Under the refined plan, riders will enjoy:
- Simplified service to Manhattan
- More direct routes on Staten Island
- Fewer stops to speed up trips
- Expanded off-peak and weekend service to Manhattan
- Streamlined routing to either Midtown or Downtown Manhattan
And in response to your feedback, the redesigned plan has been revised even further to include direct service to the following locations:
West Street and Battery Park CityTwo new routes will travel directly from the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to Battery Park City and West Street, one from the North Shore and one from the South Shore and Mid-Island.
Greenwich Village and SoHoThe two new routes that serve Battery Park City and West Street will continue north, serving SoHo and Greenwich Village.
Water StreetThree routes will travel directly from the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to Water Street in the Financial District, with options from the North Shore, South Shore, and Mid-Island.
6th AvenueTwo routes will travel northbound on 6th Avenue to Central Park South, one from the North Shore and one from the South Shore and Mid-Island.
Expanded off-peak and Weekend Service in ManhattanUnder this plan, off-peak and weekend service will be expanded to areas of Staten Island that do not currently have it.
Since travel destinations in Manhattan are more widespread in off-peak hours, three off-peak and weekend routes will provide combination Downtown and Midtown service, also making limited stops in SoHo, Greenwich Village, and Chelsea. One new off-peak and weekend route from the South Shore will provide service to Downtown.