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Buses

Serves: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

Ridership:
2.5 million per average weekday 776 million annual in 2015.

Number of Buses: 5,748 in 2015

Accessibility: NYC Transit was the first public agency in the world to have a bus fleet 100 percent accessible to customers who use wheelchairs. Every bus is accessible to people in wheelchairs via front or rear-door lifts; many newer buses have low floors that enable customers to enter via front-door ramps.
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DID YOU KNOW? New York City buses do not accept paper money because NYC Transit uses giant vacuum hoses to empty fareboxes, a process that would shred bills.

Number of miles traveled by an average bus between repairs: 4,844 in 2015

Number of routes: 236 local, 9 Select Bus Service, and 62 express bus routes in the five boroughs

Number of average weekday trips: nearly 54,000 in 2015.

Number of bus stops: 16,350.

Longest rides:The longest local bus route is Staten Island's S78 at 19.7 miles between the St George Ferry Terminal and the Bricktown Mall in Charleston.

Depots: Buses are housed, washed, and maintained at 28 depots.


The Ten Busiest Local Bus Routes 2015

Number
Route
Borough
Annual Ridership

1

Bx12 Local/SBS

Bronx

15,921,781

2

M15 Local/SBS

Manhattan

14,556,785

3

B46

Brooklyn 

14,471,998

4

B6

Brooklyn

13,226,183

5

B44 Local/SBS

Brooklyn

11,869,056

6

Bx1/2

Bronx

11,828,465

7

B35

Brooklyn

10,991,667

8

M14

Manhattan

10,512,776

9

Bx19

Bronx

10,192,157

10

Bx36

Bronx

10,042,844



DID YOU KNOW? In 2015, MTA buses traveled over 109 million miles over 16 million miles more than the distance between the Earth and the Sun.


Maintenance: General overhauls and heavy maintenance take place at the Bronx's Zerega Avenue and Brooklyn's Grand Avenue and East New York Central Maintenance Facilities.

The Ninth Avenue shop in Manhattan and the East New York shop in Brooklyn rebuild individual bus components. The Crosstown and Zerega shops paint buses.

DID YOU KNOW?
Bus maintenance involves more than 7,000 separate parts.


This 45-foot long over-the-road coach carries express bus customers in comfort from Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens into Manhattan.


New York City's Rank Among U.S. Bus Systems

Annual Bus Ridership 2015

1

New York City Transit/MTA Bus

776 million

 

2

Los Angeles MTA

334 million

 

3

Chicago (CTA)

274 million

 

4

Philadelphia (SEPTA)

169 million

 

5

New Jersey Transit

161 million

 

6

San Francisco (Muni)

155 million

 

7

Washington DC (Metro)

131 million

 

8

Seattle (King County DoT)

121 million

 

9

Boston (MBTA)

114 million

 

10

Baltimore (MTA)

81 million

 

NYC Transit's buses cover a lot of ground as this Manhattan bus stop sign shows.

 


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