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

You can find more background information in DOT's first presentation to the Community Advisory Board (CAB) on July 7, 2020.


Project Proposal

  • NYC DOT is proposing to restrict 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

  • NYC DOT is studying the exact project limits, traffic restrictions, and times when the proposal would be in effect

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


An initial draft for a Busway on 181st Street can be found in DOT's second presentation to the Community Advisory Board (CAB) on September 3, 2020.


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 outreach, including using the Feedback Map and survey on this site.

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


Project Timeline (Tentative)

  • July 2020

    • Additional outreach

    • Data analysis

    • Develop project alternatives

  • August 2020

    • Present project alternatives to CAB and gather feedback

    • Revise plan

  • September 2020

    • Present revised plan

    • Adjust design based on feedback and prepare for implementation

  • Fall 2020

    • Share final plan with stakeholders

    • Project implementation

  • Fall/Winter 2020

    • Project monitoring and evaluation

  • Winter 2020-2021

    • Report back to stakeholders on evaluations

    • Determine next steps