bronx transit news: bx41 +select, bx15/55 revisions, and more

MTA’s Transit and Bus Committee Meeting Report dated April 2013 details several service changes affecting Bronx bus lines taking place this summer; allow me to break them down.


I. Bx41 +Select Bus Service (SBS)

As I mentioned before, MTA plans to convert the Bx41 Limited into the Bx41 +SBS. Unlike the current Limited, which runs rush hours only, the SBS will run every day; planned operating hours are between 6:00 AM and 9:30 PM (the Bx41 local will continue to run 24/7). In addition, MTA has finalized the SBS stops; here they are:

  • Gun Hill Road Intermodal Terminal
  • Gun Hill Road/Webster Ave
  • 204th Street
  • Bedford Park Blvd – Botanical Garden
  • Fordham Road
  • 180th Street
  • Tremont Ave
  • Claremont Pkwy
  • 170th Street
  • 167th Street
  • 161st Street
  • The Hub (3rd Ave – 149th Street)

Street enhancements (such as offset bus lanes and pedestrian improvements) will result in minor adjustments to Bx36 and Bx40/42 bus service; see Figures 3 and 4 on p. 212 of the report.

II. Bx15 Local and Limited

As part of MTA’s bus service improvement strategy for the Webster/3rd Ave corridor, it will replace the existing Bx55 LTD with the Bx15 LTD. The Bx15 LTD will run on weekdays only from Fordham Plaza to 12th Ave – 125th Street in Manhattan; the Bx15 local will run from Fordham Plaza to The Hub (note that local service extends to 12th Ave – 125th Street when the Bx15 LTD doesn’t run).

As with the Bx41 SBS, MTA finalized the limited stops on the new Bx15 LTD:

  • Fordham Plaza
  • 183rd Street
  • 180th Street
  • Tremont Ave
  • Claremont Pkwy
  • 169th Street
  • 166th Street
  • 163rd Street
  • 156th Street
  • The Hub (3rd Ave – 149th Street)
  • Then all stops to 12th Ave – 125th Street in Manhattan

In short, Limited-stop buses no longer stop at 174th Street (Cross-Bronx Expressway) and no longer travel north of Fordham Plaza. For more info on both the Bx41 +SBS and the Bx15/55 revisions (including several figures), read p. 205-216 of the Committee report linked above.

III. Bronx Express Bus Service Revisions

Scheduling adjustments affect Sunday express bus service on the BxM3, BxM4, and BxM9 buses:

  • BxM3: One bus eliminated in each direction. Southbound service to run between 9:30 AM and 9:30 PM; northbound service to run between 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM.
  • BxM4: One southbound bus eliminated. Southbound service to run between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM; northbound service adjusted to start and end 15 minutes earlier – between 10:30 AM and 10:30 PM.
  • BxM9: Southbound service adjusted to start and end 15 minutes later – between 7:15 AM and 10:15 PM; northbound service adjusted to start and end 20 minutes later – between 9:30 AM and 12:30 AM.

Service will continue operating hourly on these routes; for more details, see p. 235 of the report.

N.B. All changes delineated in I, II, and III to take place next month.

IV. Kingsbridge Road IND

Work to make the Kingsbridge Road station on the Concourse Line ADA accessible continues (look for a blog post showcasing some updates soon); MTA will move the full-time staffed booth from the 196th Street entrance to the Kingsbridge Road entrance. For more info, see p. 225-229 of the report.

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