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Express Bus

Discontinue Lowest-Ridership Weekday Express Bus Services
These five routes are the five lowest express bus routes by ridership, and all have high total and direct operating costs per rider.

  • X25 service between Grand Central and Lower Manhattan
  • X32 service between Queens and the Bronx High School of Science
  • X20 service between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan
  • X18 service between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan
  • X16 service between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan

Discontinue Low Performing Weekday Express Bus Services with Customer Alternatives
These three routes have significantly below-average ridership, have experienced significant ridership decline over the last five years, and have parallel subway or bus alternatives.

  • X29 service between Brooklyn and both Lower and Midtown Manhattan
  • X51 service between Queens and Midtown Manhattan
  • X90 service between the Upper East Side and Lower Manhattan

Discontinue Low-Performing Weekend Express Bus Services with Customer Alternatives
This proposal is to discontinue weekend service on the X27 and X28 routes in Brooklyn. These services were implemented when subway service was restricted due to the Manhattan Bridge reconstruction. Both routes have seen steadily declining ridership since full Manhattan Bridge service was restored in 2004.

Restructure Express Bus Services
Three express bus corridors are proposed to be restructured to offer more efficient and cost-effective service while retaining an express bus option for most customers.

  • Consolidate X27/X37 and X28/X38 into single routes serving both Downtown and Midtown
  • Consolidate X13 and X14 into a single route serving Downtown and Midtown
  • Restructure X1-9 services in the Hylan Boulevard corridor to increase efficiency while retaining route options

NYC Transit 2010 Service
Reduction Proposals - Express Bus

Discontinue X25 Express Bus Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue service on the X25, which operates between Grand Central and Lower Manhattan.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Kips Bay, Grand Central, Peter Cooper Village.

Customer Impact:
20 average weekday customers would be required to use the 4 Line icon 5 Line icon 6 Line icon, M15, or M103 for their trip.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $80.20, Direct Operating: $42.21

Net Annual Savings:
$0.1 million

Discontinue X25 Express Bus Service

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Express Bus

Discontinue X32 Express Bus Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue service on the X32, which operates between Queens and the Bronx High School of Science.

Neighborhoods/Trips Affected:
Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, Utopia, Whitestone.

Customer Impact: Extra Transfers:
50 average weekday customers (almost exclusively students) would be required to use privately contracted buses that operate between Queens and the Bronx High School of Science for their trip; they provide more route/departure time options at a similar fare. Local bus/subway alternatives (e.g.,
Q44 to Bx22, 7 Line icon or F Line icon to the 4 Line icon) are also available.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $50.38, Direct Operating: $26.52

Net Annual Savings:
$0.3 million

Discontinue X32 Express Bus Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Discontinue X20 Express Bus Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue service on the X20, which operates between Midland Beach in Staten Island and Lower Manhattan.

Neighborhoods/Trips Affected:
Midland Beach, Arrochar.

Customer Impact:
60 average weekday customers would be required to use the X3 or the X8, or they could take local buses to the Staten Island Ferry to reach Lower Manhattan.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $36.41, Direct Operating: $19.16

Net Annual Savings:
$0.3 million


Discontinue X20 Express Bus Service


NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Discontinue X18 Express Bus Service

 

Description of Action:
Discontinue service on the X18, which operates between Park Hill/Arrochar in Staten Island and Lower Manhattan.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Arrochar, Fox Hills, Park Hill, Rosebank.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 290 weekday customers would be required to use the S51, S52, S74, S76, or S78 to the Staten Island Ferry for their trip.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $16.64, Direct Operating: $8.76

Net Annual Savings:
$0.5 million

Discontinue X18 Express Bus Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Discontinue X16 Express Bus Service

 

Description of Action:
Discontinue service on the X16, which operates between Port Richmond in Staten Island and Lower Manhattan.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Arrochar, Port Richmond, Sunnyside, West New Brighton.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 350 weekday customers would be required to use the X14, S44/94, S46/96, S48/98, S61/91, or S62/92 to the Staten Island Ferry for their trip. For most customers, travel times using these alternatives would be comparable or faster than existing times using the X16.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $15.51, Direct Operating: $8.16

Net Annual Savings:
$0.6 million

Discontinue X16 Express Bus Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Discontinue X29 Express Bus Service

 

Description of Action:
Discontinue service on the X29, which operates between Coney Island in Brooklyn and Lower/Midtown Manhattan.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Coney Island, Gravesend, Kensington, Midwood.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 540 weekday customers would be required to use the B Line icon F Line icon or Q Line icon trains for their trip.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $15.46, Direct Operating: $8.13

Net Annual Savings:
$0.9 million

Discontinue X29 Express Bus Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Discontinue X51 Express Bus Service

 

Description of Action:
Discontinue service on the X51, which operates between Flushing in Queens and Midtown Manhattan.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Flushing.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 340 weekday customers would be required to use the Q12 or the Q44/20 to the 7 Line icon train for their trip.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $22.86, Direct Operating: $12.03

Net Annual Savings:
$0.8 million

Discontinue X51 Express Bus Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Discontinue X90 Express Bus Service

 

Description of Action:
Discontinue service on the X90, which operates between Yorkville and Lower Manhattan

Neighborhoods Affected:
Kips Bay, Murray Hill, Peter Cooper Village, Upper East Side, Yorkville.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 620 average weekday customers would be required to walk/use local buses to the 4 Line icon 5 Line icon 6 Line icon trains or take the M15 for their trip. (The upcoming implementation of Select Bus Service on the M15 will provide a faster bus alternative in this corridor.)

Cost per Rider:
Total: $19.04, Direct Operating: $10.02

Net Annual Savings:
$0.8 million

Discontinue X90 Express Bus Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Discontinue X27 and X28 Weekend Express Bus Service

 

Description of Action:
Discontinue weekend service on the X27 and X28, both of which duplicate subway service.

Neighborhoods Affected:
The X27 serves Fort Hamilton and Bay Ridge. The X28 serves Sea Gate, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 1,080 weekend X27 customers and 760 weekend X28 customers would be required to use the R Line icon and D Line icon trains, respectively, for their trips.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $16.55, Direct Operating: $8.71 for the X27;
Total: $29.40, Direct Operating: $15.47 for the X28

Net Annual Savings:
$0.9 million

Discontinue X27 and X28 Weekend Express Bus Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Consolidate X27/37 and X28/38 Into Single Routes Serving Downtown and Midtown

 

Description of Action:
This proposal would combine the separate Midtown and Downtown branches of the X27/37 and X28/38 into single routes, providing a more efficient operation while maintaining service to most stops. This matches the off-peak pattern, and was operated during peak hours prior to December 2001.

Neighborhoods Affected:
The X27/37 serves Fort Hamilton and Bay Ridge. The X28/38 serves Sea Gate, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 2,620 weekday customers on the X37 and X38 would see their typical trip increase by up to 10 minutes. Customers using stops on 23rd Street east of Park Avenue would have to walk up to 10 minutes. All customers will have more frequent service because all buses will make all stops.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $12.20, Direct Operating: $6.42 for the X27/37;
Total: $13.84, Direct Operating: $7.28 for the X28/38

Net Annual Savings:
$0.5 million

Consolidate X27/37 and X28/38 Into Single Routes Serving Downtown and Midtown

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Consolidate X13 and X14 Into a Single Route Serving Downtown and Midtown

 

Description of Action:
The X13 and X14 serve the same area in Staten Island; the X13 serves Downtown while the X14 operates direct to Midtown via the FDR Drive. This consolidation will discontinue the X13, add X14 trips, and reroute the X14 to operate via Water Street en route to Midtown.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Castleton Corners, Concord, Grasmere, Port Richmond, Sunnyside, Westerleigh.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 710 customers on the X14 would see their trips increase by up to 15 minutes. Approximately 340 customers on the X13 would use the X14 instead and may have to walk up to 10 minutes from Water Street to their destinations.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $15.53, Direct Operating: $8.17 for the X13;
Total: $17.89, Direct Operating: $9.42 for the X14

Net Annual Savings:
$0.2 million

Consolidate X13 and X14 Into a Single Route Serving Downtown and Midtown

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements

Restructure X1-X9 Services in the Hylan Boulevard Corridor To Increase Efficiency While Retaining Route Options

Proposal Modified March 19, 2010

 

Description of Action:
This proposal has been modified based on public comments and to correct service gaps the January 2010 proposal would have created.

The original proposal consisted of the following:
The X1, which makes all stops along the entire corridor, would no longer operate during peak hours but would continue to operate during off-peak hours (including weekends)

The X6 and X9 would be discontinued

Offsetting peak hour service would be added to the X2, X3, X4, X5, X7, and X8

The modified proposal consists of the following:
Peak-hour X1 service would be retained but at reduced levels. Peak hour X1 service would terminate at 23rd Street. Peak-hour X3 service would be enhanced and scheduled in coordination with the X1 to serve Lower Manhattan more efficiently.
X9 service would be retained to maintain sufficient service to west Midtown.
X6 service would be discontinued.
Service on other routes would be revised to accommodate former X1 and X6 riders.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Arrochar, Dongan Hills, Eltingville, Grasmere, Great Kills, Midland Beach, New Dorp, and Oakwood Heights.

Customer Impact:
X1 Weekday Peak Period Service Reduction:
The majority of X1 riders will continue to have service (either on the X1 or X3). Fewer than 1,000 riders originating south of New Dorp or destined north of 23rd Street would have to use alternate service available nearby.
X6:
Approximately 960 average weekday customers would be
required to use the X3, X4, X5, or X7 for their trip.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $15.23, Direct Operating: $8.02 (for all nine routes)

Initial Net Annual Savings:
$1.8 million

Net Annual Savings:
$0.4 million

Restructure X1-X9 Services in the Hylan Boulevard Corridor (Schematic)
Proposal Modified March 19, 2010

Restructure X1-X9 Services in the Hylan Boulevard Corridor (Schematic)

Restructure X1-X9 Services in the Hylan Boulevard Corridor (Staten Island Inset)
Proposal Modified March 19, 2010

Restructure X1-X9 Services in the Hylan Boulevard Corridor (Staten Island Inset)

Restructure X1-X9 Services in the Hylan Boulevard Corridor (Manhattan Inset)
Proposal Modified March 19, 2010

Restructure X1-X9 Services in the Hylan Boulevard Corridor (Manhattan Inset)

 

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