MTA NYC Transit Introduces New Articulated Bus into SBS service; Three Doors – Less Waiting

An MTA New York City Transit bus with three doors, low floor and a clean running engine sounds like something from the future, doesn't it? Well, the future has arrived on the Bx12 Select Bus Service route with the introduction of the first of 90 new easy-entry articulated buses.

The first Novabus LFS articulated model is operating the SBS route between Bay Plaza (Co-op City) in the Bronx and 207th Street in Manhattan. With one-step on and one-step off, the bus' low-floor design is ideal for the heavy loading along Fordham Road and Pelham Parkway.

Combined with off-board fare collection and the bus-only lanes developed and enforced in cooperation with City DOT and the NYPD, travel time is significantly reduced over the regular Bx12 crosstown service.

Low-floor articulated buses are a major component of the MTA's plan to bring bus service into the 21st century for the more than 2.3 million people who depend upon it each day. The buses are part of a cooperative effort to create new bus-only lanes throughout the city and the development and expansion of the technology that will allow us to let our customers know when the next bus will arrive at the stop.

"This is the perfect operation for a low-floor bus with three wide entry/exit doors," noted Joseph Smith, Senior Vice President, NYC Transit Department of Buses. "Our SBS service is designed to move large numbers of people quickly and efficiently. Adding one door and subtracting two steps helps to accomplish that."

Manufactured in Plattsburgh, NY, the Novabus LFS articulated bus is 62 feet long bumper to bumper – two feet longer than the standard-length car used on lettered subway lines. Inside, there is room for 112 customers, 54 seated. Boasting corrosion-free outer skin panels and frame along with improved fuel economy from its clean diesel engine and smart transmission, this technically advanced bus is expected to cost less to operate and maintain during the course of its service life.

Oh, and it has one more thing New York bus riders haven't seen in a while – a rear window.