Project Overview

181st Street area map with destinations and transit connections

Project Background

  • 181st Street is a neighborhood and regional hub with small businesses, government services, medical facilities, and educational institutions

  • Transportation Center

    • 5 MTA bus routes (Bx3, Bx11, Bx13, Bx35, Bx36) on 181st Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave

      • 42,000 average daily bus riders

      • More than 50 MTA buses travel on the corridor per hour, making it one of the busiest bus corridors in the city

    • Connections to:

      • 2 subway lines (A / 1) 

      • 6 MTA bus routes (M3, M4, M5, M100, M101, Bx7) 

      • George Washington Bridge bus station  

  • Bus passengers make up 62-70% of people in vehicles on 181st Street  

  • Buses are slow and unreliable. Average bus speeds are 3.7 mph

  • Double parking is prevalent throughout the corridor


Project Proposal

  • Restricts thru traffic on 181st Street to buses and trucks only

  • Permits local access, but vehicles would have to make the next available turn off of the corridor

Find out more information on Busways on the What is a Busway? page 


Project Process

  • NYCDOT formed a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to give input on the project. CAB members include:

    • Elected officials

    • Nonprofit and community organizations

    • Government agency representatives

    • Advocates

    • Bus Riders

  • NYC DOT will conduct ongoing outreach.

  • NYC DOT will track and analyze the project throughout the 1 year pilot