Quinn announces plan for new Tri-Boro bus service, creating a direct route from the Bronx through Brooklyn and queens, and removing miles of unnecessary travel

As part of her goal to keep commute times for New Yorkers under one hour by 2023, Christine Quinn today announced her plan to establish Select Bus Service that will eliminate miles of unnecessary, roundabout travel for tens of thousands of New Yorkers. The route would run from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx down through Queens to Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, and would offer direct transfers to existing subway lines along the route. In addition to making millions of New Yorkers’ commutes easier and shorter, the new line will save taxpayers $1 billion in subway construction costs and spur economic growth.

 

“We need to update our city’s transportation to meet the needs of real New Yorkers,” said Speaker Quinn. “Our subway system was completed in the 1950’s, when more than half of New Yorkers lived in Manhattan and less than 200,000 lived in Queens. Times have changed, and today Brooklyn and Queens together have nearly 5 million residents. Many of them commute to boroughs other than Manhattan. It’s time we make the MTA work for all New Yorkers.”

Quinn highlighted one example of a family traveling from Ridgewood, Queens to a Mets game. Currently, this family would have to ride a total of four different train lines and travel all the way through Brooklyn and into Manhattan, only to end up back in Queens to go to the game. Traveling between two points in the same borough, located just about five miles apart currently takes more than an hour and requires miles in extra travel. Under Quinn’s proposal, this same family would be able to take the select bus directly to the 7-line, just a few stops from the ballpark. 

Quinn’s bus service route mirrors the proposed Rx subway line, running a total of 25 miles from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx through Queens to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and would offer direct transfers to existing subway lines along the route. However, Quinn’s proposal would cost an estimated $25 million, compared with the Rx subway’s $1 billion bill. Additionally, the bus line could be ready for riders within one year, while the subway would take forty times as long to complete, leaving New Yorkers waiting until at least 2053. 

Today’s announcement is part of Quinn’s effort to end commute times longer than one hour. Quinn’s proposals include dramatically expanding East River Ferry service, improving the MTA with more effective city control, expanding Metro North Service in the Bronx, and creating more local, community-based economic development opportunities.