Select Bus Service Makes Its Debut on the M60 Starting Sunday, May 25
May 23rd, 2014
If you’ve been waiting for a faster way to get to LaGuardia Airport, the wait is over and your bus has come in. M60 Select Bus Service (SBS) route, which connects Manhattan’s Upper West Side and LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal arrived on May 25.
The M60 becomes the seventh SBS route to be installed along busy bus corridors around the city, in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Police Department. Additionally, the upgrade to the M60 also required the cooperation of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, which manages the airport.
M60 SBS extends from 106th/Broadway in Manhattan, across 125th Street and along Astoria Boulevard to LaGuardia Airport. The route has a growing ridership that now tops 17,000 on an average weekday. About 32,000 customers each day board and alight from the five bus routes serving the 125th Street corridor, which is a major stop on 12 subway lines and Metro-North Commuter Railroad.
“The continued expansion of SBS services throughout the city is changing the way our customers think about taking the bus and the M60 will now change the way customers think about getting to and from LaGuardia. Select Bus Service is designed around the philosophy of speed, efficiency and convenience which combine to make bus riding more pleasant and less time consuming,” said MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. “We have seen tremendous support and positive feedback for SBS and look forward to working with our partners to expand it to other high-capacity routes.”
“This new service will save customers precious time and provides an easy connection to several subway lines as well as Metro North. It will benefit Harlem residents who rely on efficient bus service along 125th Street every day and will make getting to the airport a breeze from upper Manhattan,” said NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco. "The City’s economy depends heavily on our mass transit system and making improvements like SBS provides enormous benefits in the area of time saved.”
SBS utilizes high-capacity articulated vehicles with distinctive exterior graphics that make the buses easily identifiable. The idea behind Select Bus Service is the implementation of a high-performance bus system, incorporating the efficiency and capacity of light rail transit without the limitations and construction costs of a fixed-rail system. Other major elements of SBS include designated bus lanes and the application of a distinct graphics design. Combined, these service components could produce decreased travel times of up to 20% for M60 customers, while also benefitting riders of the local routes that travel crosstown via 125th Street.
M60 SBS stops at each airport terminal and in addition to our array of SBS machines, arriving air travelers are able to purchase MetroCards in the terminals upon their arrival at LaGuardia.
The introduction of Select Bus Service to the M60 will speed trips to LaGuardia and across 125th Street, an often congested thoroughfare that slowed bus rides to a crawl. Helping to create this faster service is the requirement that customers pay their fares prior to boarding using MetroCard or Coin Fare Collectors at the Select Bus Service bus stops along the route. The fare remains the same as a local bus.
This fare payment method is unique to SBS routes and allows customers to board through any of three doors without stopping at the fare box, greatly reducing dwell time at each stop. When paying at the collection machines, customers are issued a receipt which must be displayed upon request.
To make the trip even easier, customers are reminded to take advantage of MTA Bus Time, which enables them to use computers, or cell phones to keep track of the expected arrival of their bus.