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List of express bus routes in New York City

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An X37 express bus finishes a pickup in Midtown Manhattan on 23rd Street.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) operates 76 express bus routes in New York City, United States. Generally, express routes operated by MTA Bus Company or Academy Bus (under contract to the city Economic Development Corporation) are assigned multi-borough (BM, BxM, QM, SIM) prefixes. Exceptions to this rule are 7 Brooklyn and Queens express routes operated by MTA New York City Transit. Those routes use an X prefix.

The unidirectional fare, payable with MetroCard or OMNY, a contactless payment system which will replace the Metrocard by 2023, is $6.75. Discount fare media is available. Except for the ad hoc X80 service, coins are not accepted on express buses; only a MetroCard (for now) or OMNY (Staten Island to Manhattan) is accepted.

Manhattan to Staten IslandEdit

 
The SIM1 route (pictured) replaced the X1 route on August 19, 2018.

Most routes travel to and from Staten Island via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Gowanus Expressway, and Hugh L. Carey Tunnel into Lower Manhattan. Some routes operate through New Jersey via the Goethals Bridge, New Jersey Turnpike, New Jersey Route 495, and Lincoln Tunnel to directly serve Midtown Manhattan.

On August 19, 2018, all of the Staten Island-Manhattan express bus routes were redesigned to offer simpler and direct routes, fewer stops to speed up the trips, and additional service for off-peak hours and weekends. The new routes originally planned consists of 21 express routes: 11 traveling to Midtown, 8 traveling to Downtown and 2 traveling to Greenwich Village via Battery Park City. The previously used "X" routes have been dropped in favor of "SIM," or Staten Island to Manhattan, routes. This was the result of the two-year Staten Island Bus Study conducted by MTA, launched in 2015, which analyzed trip performance data, ridership profiles and extensive customer input, to determine the most effective way to reconfigure the network.[1][2]

All routes are operated by New York City Transit, except for the SIM23 and SIM24, which are operated by Academy Bus.[3] All routes run during rush hours in the peak direction. In addition, the SIM1C, SIM3C, SIM4C and SIM33C provide off-peak weekday and weekend service, and the SIM1C provides overnight service. These four -C routes cover most stops in Manhattan served by other routes during peak hours.

Route Manhattan terminal Staten Island terminal Manhattan streets Via Staten Island streets traveled
SIM1
[4][5]
Greenwich Village
Sixth Avenue and Houston Street (last drop-off)
Broadway and Houston Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Eltingville Transit Center Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Hylan Boulevard, Richmond Avenue
SIM1C
[6][5]
Midtown
Central Park South and Sixth Avenue
SIM2
[7][6][8]
Downtown
Church Street and Worth Street (last drop-off)
Broadway and Warren Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Tottenville
Craig Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
  • Church Street (northbound)
  • Broadway (southbound)
Arden Avenue, Woodrow Road, Huguenot Avenue, Hylan Boulevard
SIM3
[4][6][9]
Midtown
Central Park South and Sixth Avenue

AM

PM
Port Richmond
Castleton Avenue and Jewett Avenue
  • Sixth Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
  • 23rd Street
  • Narrows Road (SIM3c only)
  • Victory Boulevard, Watchogue Road, Port Richmond Avenue
SIM3C
[4][6][9]
  • Church Street, Sixth Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue, Broadway (southbound)
SIM4
[4][10]
Downtown
Church Street and Worth Street (last drop-off)
Broadway and Chambers Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Annadale
Annadale Road and Drumgoole Road West
  • Church Street (northbound)
  • Broadway (southbound)
Richmond Avenue
SIM4X
[4][10]
Staten Island Mall
Park and Ride
SIM4C
[6][10]
Midtown
Sixth Avenue and 59th Street
Huguenot
Boulder Avenue and Woodrow Road (last drop-off)
Vineland Avenue and Woodrow Road (first pick-up)
  • Church Street, Sixth Avenue, Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue, Broadway (southbound)
SIM5
[4][11]
Downtown
Pearl Street and Peck Slip (last drop-off)
Pearl Street and Frankfort Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Eltingville Transit Center Water Street Father Capodanno Boulevard, Hylan Boulevard, Nelson Avenue
SIM6
[4][12]
Midtown
Lexington Avenue and 57th Street (last drop-off)
Lexington Avenue and 56th Street (first pick-up)
SIM7
[4][13]
Greenwich Village
Sixth Avenue and 14th Street (last drop-off)
Broadway and 13th Street (first pick-up)
Narrows Road, Hylan Boulevard, Richmond Avenue
SIM8
[4][14]
Midtown
57th Street and Lexington Avenue

AM

PM
Huguenot
Woodrow Road and Huguenot Avenue
  • 42nd Street
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
Lincoln Tunnel
  • Goethals Road (SIM8 only)
  • Richmond Avenue, Woodrow Road
SIM8X
[4][14]
Staten Island Mall
Staten Island Mall Park and Ride
SIM9
[15]
Greenwich Village
Sixth Avenue and 14th Street (last drop-off)
Broadway and 13th Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Eltingville
Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue
Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Father Capodanno Boulevard, Hylan Boulevard
SIM10
[4][16]
Midtown
Central Park South and Sixth Avenue

AM

PM
Eltingville Transit Center Narrows Road, Hylan Boulevard, Richmond Avenue
SIM11
[4][17]
Midtown
Lexington Avenue and 57th Street (last drop-off)
Lexington Avenue and 56th Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
New Dorp
Ebbitts Street and Mill Road
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Lexington Avenue (southbound)
  • 23rd Street
Narrows Road, Hylan Boulevard
SIM15
[4][18]
Downtown
Water Street and Hanover Square (last drop-off)
Trinity Place and Rector Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Eltingville Transit Center Church Street, Water Street Narrows Road, Richmond Road, Arthur Kill Road
SIM22
[4][19]
Midtown
57th Street and Lexington Avenue

AM

PM
Eltingville
Woods of Arden Road and Hylan Boulevard
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Lexington Avenue (southbound)
  • 42nd Street
Lincoln Tunnel Arthur Kill Road, Richmond Avenue
SIM23
[4][20]
Midtown
Madison Avenue and 59th Street (last drop-off)
Fifth Avenue and 59th Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Annadale
Barclay Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
  • 34th Street
Arden Avenue
SIM24
[4][21]

AM

PM
Prince's Bay
Luten Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Huguenot Avenue
SIM25
[4][22]
Midtown
57th Street and Lexington Avenue

AM

PM
Tottenville
Craig Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
  • 42nd Street
Rossville Avenue, Foster Road, Hylan Boulevard
SIM26
[4][23]

AM

PM
Tottenville
Page Avenue and Hylan Boulevard (last drop-off)
Bedell Avenue and Hylan Boulevard (first pick-up)
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Lexington Avenue (southbound)
  • 42nd Street
Bloomingdale Road, Amboy Road, Hylan Boulevard
SIM30
[4][24]
Midtown
Sixth Avenue and 59th Street

AM

PM
Sunnyside
Clove Road and Victory Boulevard
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
  • 42nd Street
  • Forest Avenue
  • Victory Boulevard (Sunnyside service)
  • Tompkins Avenue (Rosebank service)
Rosebank
Tompkins Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
SIM31
[4][25]
Midtown
57th Street and Lexington Avenue

AM

PM
Eltingville Transit Center
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
  • 23rd Street
Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Gannon Avenue, Bradley Avenue, Harold Street, Forest Hill Road, Travis Avenue
SIM32
[4][26]
Downtown
Church Street and Worth Street (last drop-off)
Broadway and Warren Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Travis
Victory Boulevard bus loop
  • Church Street (northbound)
  • Broadway (southbound)
Gannon Avenue, Victory Boulevard
SIM33
[4][26]
Downtown
Sixth Avenue and 14th Street (last drop-off)
Broadway and 13th Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Mariners Harbor
South Avenue and Richmond Terrace
  • Sixth Avenue (northbound)
  • Broadway, Houston Street (southbound)
  • West Street
  • Narrows Road (SIM33C only)
  • Gannon Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Forest Avenue
SIM33C
[4][27]
Midtown
Central Park South and Sixth Avenue
  • Church Street, Sixth Avenue, Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Broadway, Fifth Avenue (southbound)
SIM34
[4][28]
Downtown
Sixth Avenue and Houston Street (last drop-off)
Broadway and Houston Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
  • Church Street (northbound)
  • Broadway (southbound)
Victory Boulevard, Watchogue Road, Richmond Avenue, Forest Avenue, South Avenue
SIM35
[4][29]
Downtown
Pearl Street and Peck Slip (last drop-off)
Pearl Street and Frankfort Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Port Richmond
Castleton Avenue and Jewett Avenue
Water Street Narrows Road, Clove Road, Forest Avenue, Port Richmond Avenue

Notes and historyEdit

Route Original route(s) History
SIM1
SIM1C
X1,[7] X3, X4
  • Operates all times: SIM1 operates only during peak hours; SIM1C operates during all other times
SIM2 X17C, X19[7][30]
  • Extended from Huguenot to Tottenville via Hylan Boulevard[30]:194
  • As of January 13th, 2019, off-peak service was eliminated due to low ridership
SIM3
SIM3C
X10, X12, X14, X42[7]
  • Operates during both peak and off-peak hours
    • SIM3 operates only during peak hours; SIM3C operates during off-peak hours via Lower Manhattan
  • SIM3 operates via 23rd Street and the FDR Drive to bypass intermediate stops to the south during peak hours (similar to former X42)
SIM4
SIM4X
SIM4C
X17A, X17C[7][30]:195
  • Operates during both peak and off-peak hours
    • SIM4 & SIM4X operate only during peak hours; SIM4C operates during off-peak hours
    • SIM4X runs express along Richmond Avenue, only stopping at Lamberts Lane and the Staten Island Mall
  • Former weekend service to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (under former X17C) eliminated.[30]:195
  • Late evening Staten Island-bound SIM4C service extended west to Huguenot Avenue along SIM8 route on October 7, 2018[31][32]
  • As of January 13th, 2019, SIM4C buses were extended to Huguenot in order to replace the SIM2 off-peak
SIM5 X4, X7, X8[7]
  • Originally had an express variant, SIM5X, non-stop from South Beach Park & Ride to Manhattan mornings only.
    • SIM5X extended to New Dorp at Tysens Lane on September 7, 2018 to serve the community better, but the entire route was quickly discontinued on October 7, 2018 due to low ridership.[33][33][32]
SIM6 X5, X7[7]
  • Staten Island-bound trips rerouted from 5th Avenue to Lexington Avenue on August 30, 2018 following customer complaints.[34][35]
  • The northern terminal was relocated from Sixth Avenue and Central Park South to Lexington Avenue and 57th Street to prevent buses from getting stuck in crosstown traffic.
  • Originally had an express variant, SIM6X, non-stop from South Beach Park & Ride to Manhattan mornings only.
    • SIM6X extended to New Dorp at Tysens Lane on September 7, 2018 to serve the community better, but the entire route was quickly discontinued on October 7, 2018 due to low ridership.[33][33][32]
SIM7 X1, X3, X4, X7, X9[7]
SIM8
SIM8X
X17J, X23[7] SIM8X runs express along Richmond Avenue, only stopping at Lamberts Lane and the Staten Island Mall
SIM9 X1, X3, X4, X7, X9[7] Added on October 7, 2018 to provide West Street/Greenwich Village service on Father Capodanno Boulevard[31][32]
SIM10 X1, X2, X5, X7, X9[7]
SIM11 X2[7] Added on January 13th, 2019 to provide service to New Dorp
SIM15 X15[7]
SIM22 X1, X5, X17J, X21, X23[7] Staten Island-bound trips rerouted from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue on August 30, 2018[34]
SIM23
SIM24
X17J, X23, X24[7] Operated by Academy Bus.[36]
  • SIM23 and SIM24 rerouted from 42nd Street onto 34th Street on November 5, 2018, replicating X23/X24 route[37]
SIM25 X22, X23[7] New route replaces X23 service on Foster Road in Huguenot
SIM26 X17, X22[7]
  • Staten Island-bound trips rerouted from 5th Avenue to Lexington Avenue on August 30, 2018[34]
  • No service to Outerbridge Park & Ride
SIM30 X12, X14, X30,[7] X42 A pilot branch via Tompkins Avenue provides some Manhattan-bound service for former X18 riders (the X18 previously served Downtown. This branch serves Midtown) [30]:191, 196[38][39][36][40]
SIM31 X10, X31[7]
SIM32 X10, X11[7]
SIM33 X10,[7] X12
SIM33C X10,[7] X12 Created on January 13, 2019 as an off-peak version of the SIM33 extended to Midtown via Church Street and Madison Avenue, also serving Narrows Road
SIM34 X12[7]
SIM35 X10, X14[7]

Manhattan to BrooklynEdit

X- routes are operated by New York City Transit, while BM-routes are operated by MTA Bus Company. All routes operate nonstop between Brooklyn and Manhattan via the Gowanus Expressway or Prospect Expressway to the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, with some routes continuing non-stop via the FDR Drive to reach Midtown. The exception to this is the BM5, which also makes stops in Queens and uses the Long Island Expressway and Queens Midtown Tunnel to reach Midtown.

Route Manhattan terminal Brooklyn terminal Manhattan streets traveled Via Brooklyn streets traveled
X27
[41]
Bay Ridge
Shore Road and 4th Avenue
  • Church Street, Sixth Avenue, Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue South, Broadway (southbound)
Gowanus Expressway, Hugh L. Carey Tunnel 3rd Avenue, Bay Ridge Avenue, Shore Road
X28
[41]
Bensonhurst
Cropsey Avenue and Canal Avenue
86th Street, 14th Avenue, Cropsey Avenue, Surf Avenue
Sea Gate
West 37th Street and Surf Avenue
X37
[42]
Midtown
East 57th Street and Madison Avenue

AM

PM
Bay Ridge
Shore Road and 4th Avenue
  • 23rd Street
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
3rd Avenue, Bay Ridge Avenue, Shore Road
X38
[41]

AM

PM
Bensonhurst
Cropsey Avenue and Canal Avenue
86th Street, 14th Avenue, Cropsey Avenue, Surf Avenue

AM

PM
Sea Gate
West 37th Street and Surf Avenue
BM1
[43]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 2nd Avenue
Mill Basin
56th Drive and Strickland Avenue
  • Trinity Place, Park Row, Water Street (Downtown Loop)
  • 23rd Street
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
Prospect Expressway, Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Ocean Avenue, Avenue K
Downtown
State Street and Battery Place

AM

PM
BM2
[44]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 2nd Avenue
Canarsie
Flatlands Avenue and Williams Avenue
Downtown
State Street and Battery Place

AM

PM
Starrett City
Pennsylvania Avenue and Seaview Avenue
BM3
[45]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 2nd Avenue
Sheepshead Bay
Emmons Avenue and Shore Boulevard
Coney Island Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Emmons Avenue
Downtown
State Street and Battery Place

AM

PM
BM4
[46]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 2nd Avenue
Gerritsen Beach
Gerritsen Avenue and Lois Avenue
Coney Island Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, Gerritsen Avenue
Downtown
State Street and Battery Place

AM

PM
BM5
[47]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 2nd Avenue
Starrett City
Pennsylvania Avenue and Seaview Avenue
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • 34th Street
Long Island Expressway, Queens Midtown Tunnel Woodhaven Boulevard, Linden Boulevard, Pennsylvania Avenue

History and notesEdit

Route History
X27
  • Seagate served part-time; service terminates at Thomas Street or 23rd Street
  • All weekend service terminates at 57th Street
  • Service began on January 3, 1972 as the B27X as the first express bus route between Manhattan and Brooklyn, was renumbered X27 in 1976
  • Stop at Battery Place and Greenwich Street added in 1981[48]
  • Weekend service added September 2002[49]
X28
  • Seagate served part-time; service terminates at Thomas Street or 23rd Street
  • All weekend service terminates at 57th Street
  • Formerly terminated at Cropsey Avenue and Bay 49th Street in Brooklyn
  • Weekend service added September 2002[49] and eliminated June 2010-September 2016 due to budget crisis[50][51]
  • Originally B28X in 1971, then renumbered as the X28 in 1976.
X37
X38
  • No weekend service
  • No stops in Manhattan south of 23rd Street
  • Temporarily eliminated June 2010-July 2011 due to budget crisis[50][52]
BM1
BM2
BM3
BM4
  • No overnight or Sunday service
  • Midtown service via Downtown area operates all day
  • Downtown-only and Midtown express services operate weekday peak rush hours only
  • BM1, BM2, BM3 operated by Pioneer Bus until 1979, BM4 operated by Erin Tours until 1989; all routes then operated by Command Bus Company until 2005[38]
  • BM2 extended to Starrett City from Canarsie in October 1974[53]
BM5
  • Operated by Pioneer Bus until 1979, Command Bus Company 1979-2005[38]
  • Formerly made only one stop in Queens, at 79th Street in Lindenwood;[54] expanded service along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards began April 2010
  • Renumbered from BQM1 on July 16, 2007.[54]

Manhattan to QueensEdit

X- routes are operated by New York City Transit, while QM- routes are operated by MTA Bus Company. All routes operate nonstop outbound via the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and inbound via the Long Island Expressway and Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Route Manhattan terminal Queens terminal Manhattan streets traveled Queens streets traveled
X63
[55]
East Midtown
East 23rd Street and 1st Avenue

AM

PM
Rosedale
149th Avenue and 253rd Street
  • East 23rd Street
  • Madison Avenue (outbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (inbound)
  • East 57th Street
  • Third Avenue (inbound)
Linden Boulevard, Merrick Boulevard, Francis Lewis Boulevard
X64
[56]

AM

PM
Cambria Heights
Linden Boulevard and 235th Street
Liberty Avenue, Farmers Boulevard, Linden Boulevard
X68
[57]

AM

PM
Floral Park
Hillside Avenue and 268th Street
Hillside Avenue
East Midtown
East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
[58] Midtown
57th Street and Third Avenue (last drop-off)
36th Street and Sixth Avenue (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Fresh Meadows
188th Street and 64th Avenue
34th Street, Sixth Avenue, 57th Street Union Turnpike, 188th Street
QM2
[59]
Bay Terrace
Bay Terrace Shopping Center
  • 34th Street, Sixth Avenue
  • 57th Street (inbound)
  • 59th Street (outbound)
  • Whitestone Expressway service road (weekdays)
  • Parsons Boulevard (weekends)
  • Cross Island Parkway service road
QM3
[60]

AM

PM
Little Neck
Little Neck Parkway and Horace Harding Expressway
Northern Boulevard, Little Neck Parkway
[61] Electchester
164th Street and Horace Harding Expressway
34th Street, Sixth Avenue, 57th Street Jewel Avenue
[58] Glen Oaks
260th Street and Union Turnpike
Union Turnpike, 73rd Avenue, Horace Harding Expressway
[58] Lake Success
North Shore Towers
Union Turnpike, Lakeville Road
[62] Downtown
Frankfort Street and Pearl Street (last drop-off)
Pearl Street and Peck Slip (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Fresh Meadows
188th Street and 64th Avenue
Water Street, Church Street
  • Union Turnpike, 188th Street
  • 73rd Avenue, Horace Harding Expressway (QM8 only)
[62]

AM

PM
Glen Oaks
260th Street and Union Turnpike
QM10
[63]
Midtown
57th Street and Sixth Avenue (last drop-off)
34th Street and Third Avenue (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Rego Park
57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard (last drop-off)
63rd Road and 98th Place (first pick-up, QM10)
Queens Boulevard and Ascan Avenue (first pick-up, QM11)
34th Street, Sixth Avenue, 57th Street 63rd Road, 57th Avenue
QM11
[63]
Downtown
Frankfort Street and Pearl Street (last drop-off)
Pearl Street and Peck Slip (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Water Street, Church Street Queens Boulevard, 63rd Road, 57th Avenue
QM12
[64]
Midtown
57th Street and Sixth Avenue (last drop-off)
34th Street and Third Avenue (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Glendale
Crescent Apartments (last drop-off)
Metropolitan Avenue and 71st Road (first pick-up)
34th Street, Sixth Avenue, 57th Street Yellowstone Boulevard
QM15
[65]
Howard Beach
157th Avenue and 102nd Street
Woodhaven Boulevard, 155th Avenue, 157th Avenue, Cross Bay Boulevard
QM16
[66]

AM

PM
Jacob Riis Park Cross Bay Boulevard, Rockaway Beach Boulevard
QM17
[66]

AM

PM
Far Rockaway
Beach 21st Street and Mott Avenue
at Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue ( A  train)
Cross Bay Boulevard, Beach Channel Drive, Seagirt Boulevard
QM18
[67]

AM

PM
South Ozone Park
130th Street and 150th Avenue
Queens Boulevard, Lefferts Boulevard, 135th Avenue
QM20
[68]
Midtown
57th Street and Third Avenue (last drop-off)
36th Street and Sixth Avenue (first pick-up)
Bay Terrace
211th Street and 18th Avenue (last drop-off)
Corporal Kennedy Street and 23rd Avenue (first pick-up)
  • 34th Street, Sixth Avenue
  • 57th Street (inbound)
  • 59th Street (outbound)
Willets Point Boulevard, Utopia Parkway, 26th Avenue
QM21
[69]
Midtown
East 23rd Street and Park Avenue

AM

PM
Rochdale Village
Guy R Brewer Boulevard and 130th Avenue
(last drop-off)
Bedell Street & 127 Avenue (first pick-up)
23rd Street, Madison Avenue, 57th Street Queens Boulevard, Linden Boulevard, Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
QM24
[70]
Midtown
57th Street and Sixth Avenue (last drop-off)
34th Street and Third Avenue (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Glendale
Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Street
34th Street, Sixth Avenue, 57th Street Eliot Avenue, Fresh Pond Road
QM25
[71]
Downtown
Frankfort Street and Pearl Street (last drop-off)
Pearl Street and Peck Slip (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Church Street, Water Street Eliot Avenue, Fresh Pond Road, Myrtle Avenue
[58] Midtown
55th Street and Third Avenue (last drop-off)
38th Street and Third Avenue (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Fresh Meadows
188th Street & 64th Avenue
Third Avenue Union Turnpike, 188th Street
QM32
[59]

AM

PM
Bay Terrace
Bay Terrace Shopping Center
Whitestone Expressway service road, Cross Island Parkway service road
QM34
[70]

AM

PM
Glendale
Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Street
Eliot Avenue, Fresh Pond Road, Myrtle Avenue
[58]

AM

PM
Glen Oaks
260th Street and Union Turnpike
Union Turnpike, 73rd Avenue, Horace Harding Expressway
[58]

AM

PM
Lake Success
North Shore Towers
Union Turnpike, Lakeville Road
QM40
[63]

AM

PM
Rego Park
57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard (last drop-off)
63rd Road and 98th Place (first pick-up)
63rd Road, 57th Avenue
QM42
[64]

AM

PM
Glendale
Crescent Apartments (last drop-off)
Metropolitan Avenue and 71st Road (first pick-up)
Yellowstone Boulevard
[61]

AM

PM
Electchester
164th Street and Horace Harding Expressway
Jewel Avenue

History and notesEdit

Routes History
X63
  • Began service October 18, 1971 as Q20X[72][73]
  • Renumbered to X20 in 1976[72] and to current number in 1990[74]
X64
  • Began service October 18, 1971 as Q24X[72][73]
  • Renumbered to X24 in 1976[72] and current number in 1990[74]
X68
  • Began service on August 2, 1971 as the Q18X, the first NYCT express service between Queens and Manhattan[75][76]
  • Renumbered to X18 in 1976 and current number in 1990[74]
  • Some AM peak trips terminate at East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue, operating via Madison Avenue
QM1
QM31
  • Operates during rush hours only, off peak service available via QM5
  • Began service on February 26, 1968;[77]
  • Operated by Steinway Transit 1968-1985, Queens/Steinway Transit Corp. 1985-1988,[77] and Queens Surface Corporation from 1998-2005[38]
  • Downtown trips re-designated QM7 in June 2010
  • Off-peak service discontinued on in December 2015
  • Third Avenue service re-labeled QM31 in September 2016
QM2
QM32
  • Began service on June 9, 1969.[59]"Express Bus Service To Manhattan Cheered". Bayside Times. Fultonhistory.com. June 12, 1969. p. 1. Retrieved February 17, 2018.</ref>[78]
  • Operated by Queens Transit from 1969-1988[59] and Queens Surface Corporation 1988-2005[38]
  • Weekend service rerouted to Parsons Boulevard in April 2014
  • Queens-bound service rerouted to 59th Street in August 2015
  • Third Avenue service re-labeled QM32 in September 2016
  • QM32 service operates AM rush hours in both directions and PM rush hours eastbound only
QM3
  • Operated by Queens Transit 1970-1988, Caravan Transit 1988-1990, and Queens Surface Corporation[38] 1990-2005
  • Queens-bound service rerouted to 59th Street in August 2015
QM4
QM44
QM5
QM35
  • Bypasses Fresh Meadows during rush hours in the peak direction
  • Operated by Steinway Transit 1968-1985, Queens/Steinway Transit Corp. 1985-1988, and Queens Surface Corporation 1988-2005[38]
  • Formerly part of the QM1A, re-designated June 2010[79]
  • Downtown trips re-designated QM8 in June 2010[79]
  • Third Avenue service relabeled QM35 in September 2016
QM6
QM36
  • Operated by Steinway Transit from 1968-1988 and Queens Surface Corporation 1988-2005[38]
  • Formerly part of the QM1A, re-designated in June 2010[79]
  • Third Avenue service relabeled QM36 in September 2016
QM7
QM8
  • QM7 operates from Fresh Meadows, QM8 operates from Glen Oaks and bypasses Fresh Meadows
  • QM8 AM "Super Express" service serves Fresh Meadows
  • Operated by Steinway Transit 1978-1988, Caravan Transit 1988-1990, and Queens Surface Corporation 1990-2005[38]
  • Formerly part of the QM1/QM1A, re-designated in June 2010[79]
QM10
QM11
QM40
  • Formerly operated by Triboro Coach[38]
  • Downtown service relabeled QM11 in 1971
  • Third Avenue service relabeled QM40 in September 2016
QM12
QM42
  • Formerly operated by Triboro Coach[38]
  • Stops east of 71st Avenue in Forest Hills discontinued in January 2011
  • Elmhurst stops added and route rerouted to Woodhaven Boulevard in July 2016
  • Midday service reduced from Summer 2010 to Winter 2012
  • Third Avenue service relabeled QM42 in September 2016
QM15
  • Operates via Lindenwood between Howard Beach and Ozone Park via 157th Avenue
  • Off-peak service terminates at 157th Avenue and 92nd Street
  • No Sunday service
  • Nicknamed "Shopper's Special"[80][81][82]
  • Began service under Green Lines in 1970[83]
  • Saturday service added July 1979[80]
  • With the discontinuation of the JFK Express on April 15, 1990, which was also used by residents of Howard Beach to commute into Manhattan, service was extended from 157th Avenue and 84th Street to 159th Avenue and 102nd Street. A new stop was also added at 157th Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard. The change was made at the request of Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.[84]
QM16
QM17
  • Formerly operated by Green Lines
  • QM16 service began April 12, 1971,[82] QM17 service began December 20, 1976[85]
  • Stops north of 157th Avenue in Howard Beach eliminated in July 2006[86][87][88]
  • QM16 extended from Rockaway Park to Neponsit on September 4, 2007,[89][90][91] then Roxbury at Fort Tilden on April 18, 2011,[89][92][91] then truncated to Jacob Riis Park in December 2011 to accommodate customer parking[93]
QM18
  • Began service under Green Bus Lines around 1975[94]
  • On July 8, 1986, Community Board 9 formally recommended extending the route from Liberty Avenue to 150th Avenue in South Ozone Park. The Board had denied the request by Green Bus Lines on February 18 because some of its members feared that the additional riders using the route would overcrowd the buses. The Board only approved the change after the company added new buses to the route. The change was made so that passengers traveling by bus from 150th Avenue to Manhattan would not have to pay two fares.[95]
  • Extended along 135th Avenue in Spring 2008
QM20
  • No weekend service
  • Began service on July 7, 1970, originally operated on QM2 route north/west of Utopia Parkway[96]
  • Operated by Queens Transit 1970-1988, Queens Surface Corporation 1988-2005[38]
  • Queens-bound service rerouted to 59th Street in August 2015
  • Renumbered from QM2A in September 2011
QM21
QM24
QM25
QM34
  • Began service June 6, 1988
  • Formerly operated by Triboro Coach[38]
  • Rerouted to Sixth Avenue in Spring 2011
  • Downtown service relabeled from QM24W to QM25 in June 2010
  • Third Avenue service relabeled QM34 in July 2016

Manhattan to the BronxEdit

All routes are operated by MTA Bus.

Route Manhattan terminal Bronx terminal Manhattan streets traveled Via Bronx streets traveled
BxM1
[97]
East Midtown
Lexington Avenue and 34th Street (last drop-off)
Third Avenue and 33rd Street (first pick-up)
Riverdale
Riverdale Avenue and 263rd Street (last drop-off)
Riverdale Avenue and 261st Street (first pick-up)
Harlem River Drive
BxM2
[98]
West Midtown
Seventh Avenue and 34th Street (last drop-off)
Sixth Avenue and 35th Street (first pick-up)
  • Sixth Avenue, Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Seventh Avenue, Fifth Avenue (southbound)
Deegan Expressway
BxM3
[99]
Midtown
Fifth Avenue and 27th Street (last drop-off)
Madison Avenue and 29th Street (first pick-up)
Yonkers
Getty Square
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound
Sedgwick Avenue, Broadway, South Broadway
BxM4
[100]
Woodlawn
Katonah Avenue and 242nd Street
Grand Concourse Grand Concourse, Jerome Avenue
BxM6
[101]
Midtown
Madison Avenue and 23rd Street
Parkchester
Metropolitan Oval
  • Madison Avenue, Third Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound)
Bruckner Expressway East 177th Street, Metropolitan Avenue
BxM7
[102]
Co-op City, Bronx
Dreiser Loop
Hutchinson River Parkway East, Co-Op City Boulevard
BxM8
[103]
Pelham Bay Park
Pelham Bay Park Station ( 6   <6> ​ trains)

AM

PM
City Island
Rochelle Street and City Island Avenue
BxM9
[104]
Throgs Neck
Layton Avenue and Clarence Avenue (last drop-off)
Layton Avenue and Vincent Avenue (first pick-up)
BxM10
[105]
Baychester
Eastchester Road and Boston Road (last drop-off)
Eastchester Road and Tillotson Avenue (first pick-up)
Morris Park Avenue, Eastchester Road
BxM11
[106]
Midtown
East 26th Street and Madison Avenue
Wakefield
241st Street Station ( 2  train)
  • Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue (southbound
Boston Road, White Plains Road
BxM18
[107]
Lower Manhattan
Broadway and Battery Place (last drop-off)
Battery Place and Greenwich Street (first pick-up)

AM

PM
Riverdale
Riverdale Avenue and West 263rd Street
  • Church Street, Sixth Avenue, and Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Fifth Avenue, Broadway (southbound)
Deegan Expressway 230th Street, Kappock Street, Henry Hudson Parkway, Riverdale Avenue

History and notesEdit

Former Liberty Lines Express routes were taken over by MTA Bus Company on January 3, 2005, while former New York Bus Service routes were taken over on July 1, 2005.

Route History
BxM1
BxM2 Operated by Riverdale Transit Corp. until 1984, then Liberty Lines Express 1984-2005[38][108]
BxM3
  • Operated by Riverdale Transit Corp. until 1984, then Liberty Lines Express 1984-2005[38]
  • Pick-up in Harlem is available at 123rd Street and Madison Avenue
BxM4
  • Operated by Riverdale Transit Corp. as the BxM4B until 1984, then Liberty Lines Express 1984-2005[38]
  • Relabeled to BxM4 when Bedford Park service (BxM4A) was discontinued in June 2010
BxM6 Began service August 24, 1970,[109] operated by New York Bus Service until 2005[38]
BxM7
  • To Manhattan via Sections 1-2-3-4-5 in Co-op City; from Manhattan via sections 5-4-3-2-1 in Co-op City
  • During AM rush hours, service is divided up so certain trips only serve only one or two sections of Co-op City before continuing to Manhattan
  • Began service on January 18, 1971,[110] operated by New York Bus Service until 2005[38]
  • Wall Street Express service ended in the 1980s
BxM8
  • Two peak-direction trips serve are extended to City Island to replace former BxM7B route
  • Pelham Bay service began January 10, 1972 as the BxM7A
  • City Island service began January 7, 1980 as the BxM7B
  • Operated by New York Bus Service until 2005[38]
  • Services were combined and renumbered BxM8 in September 2011
BxM9 Began service on August 2, 1976, operated by New York Bus Service until 2005[38]
BxM10 Began service on January 7, 1980, operated by New York Bus Service until 2005[38]
BxM11 Began service on April 26, 1971, operated by Pelham Parkway Express until 1984, then Liberty Lines Express 1984-2005[38]
BxM18
  • First drop-off and last pickup in Manhattan is at Madison Square
  • Stops at 5th Avenue and 35th Street (southbound) and Madison Avenue and 56th Street (northbound) for transfers from/to other Queens and Bronx express buses
  • Began service on September 11, 1978 operated Liberty Lines Express (along with New York City Transit's X61 route)[111][38]

Manhattan intra-boroughEdit

Route Terminals Primary streets traveled Notes
X80
[112]
Randall's Island
Icahn Stadium

(before events)
----------

(after events)
Harlem
125th Street and Lexington Avenue
at 125th Street ( 4  5  6   <6>  trains)
Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
  • Operated by MTA New York City Transit
  • Special event service only, fares collected only for travel to Randall's Island
  • M35 local bus service available full-time

Former routesEdit

New York City TransitEdit

Staten Island Express routesEdit

Most X routes were discontinued between 2010 and 2018 due to budget cuts and a reimagining of the bus network.

In 2015, the MTA began a comprehensive study of express bus lines on Staten Island. These lines had not been drastically changed since the 1980s, and as a result, they had been updated piece-by-piece.[113]:3 As a result, these routes were circuitous, redundant, and infrequent.[113]:14–16 The MTA proposed replacing all of the existing express bus routes with simpler and shorter variants, a proposal supported by 76% of Staten Island residents who had learned about the study.[113]:20, 21, 23 In March 2018, after hosting several meetings with Staten Island residents, the MTA announced that express bus service to Staten Island was expected to be completely reorganized in August 2018.[114][115] As part of the redesign, all of the existing bus routes would be discontinued and replaced with new routes with a "SIM" prefix on August 19, 2018.[30]:188-189 The "SIM" prefix was chosen to reduce confusion with the "X"-prefixed routes they replaced, but deviate from the "S" prefix used by local Staten Island bus routes.[30]:191[116] The routes that were discontinued prior to August 18, 2018 were: X6, X13, X16, X18, X20, X21 (first use).

The remaining X routes are expected to be revamped and renamed sometime between 2019 and 2021.[117]

Route Terminals Streets Traveled History and Notes
Manhattan Staten Island
R9X
Service began in December 1968, and later became the X9 in 1976. See below for more information.
R10X
Service began in 1970, and later became the X10 in 1976. See below for more information.
R13X
Service began in 1972, and later became the X13 in 1976. See below for more information.
R14X
Service began in 1973, and later became the X14 in 1976. See below for more information.
R17X
Service began in 1973, and later became the X17 in 1976. See below for more information.
X1*
[118]
Midtown
Central Park South and 7th Avenue
Eltingville Transit Center 6th Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue, Broadway (SB), Hylan Boulevard, Richmond Avenue
  • Daily service. Operated all times. Peak-hour service started/ended at 23rd Street in Manhattan.
  • Overnight express service started on January 20, 2013.[119]
  • Originally numbered R13X in 1972, then X13 in 1976.
X2
[118]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
New Dorp
Mill Road and Ebbits Street
Madison Avenue (NB), Lexington Avenue (SB), 23rd Street, Hylan Boulevard
  • Peak service only. Bypassed Lower Manhattan via FDR Drive.
X3
[118]
Lower Manhattan
World Financial Center
New Dorp
Mill Road and Ebbits Street
Church Street (NB), Broadway (SB), Hylan Boulevard
  • Peak service only
X4
[118]
Lower Manhattan
World Financial Center
Eltingville Transit Center Church Street (NB), Broadway (SB), Hylan Boulevard, Father Capodanno Boulevard, Hylan Boulevard, Richmond Avenue
  • Peak service only
X5
[118]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
Eltingville Transit Center Madison Avenue (NB), Lexington Avenue (SB), 23rd Street, Father Capodanno Boulevard, Hylan Boulevard, Richmond Avenue
  • Peak service only. Bypassed Lower Manhattan via FDR Drive.
X6
[120]
Midtown
Central Park South and 7th Avenue
Eltingville Transit Center Madison Avenue (NB), Fifth Avenue/Broadway (SB), Father Capodanno Boulevard, Hylan Boulevard, Richmond Avenue
  • Peak service only.
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to a budget crisis[50]
X7
[118]
Midtown Manhattan
Central Park South and 7th Avenue
Eltingville Transit Center 6th Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue, Broadway (SB), Father Capodanno Boulevard, Hylan Boulevard, Nelson Avenue
  • Peak service only. Operated via West Street in Lower Manhattan.
X8
[118]
Financial District
Downtown Loop
Eltingville Transit Center Church Street, Water Street, Father Capodanno Boulevard, Hylan Boulevard, Nelson Avenue
  • Peak service only
X9
[118]
Midtown
Central Park South and 7th Avenue
New Dorp
Mill Road and Ebbits Street
6th Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue, Broadway (SB), Hylan Boulevard
  • Peak service only
  • Operated via West Street in Lower Manhattan
  • Service started in December 1968 as the R9X.[121]
  • The route was relabeled the X9 in 1976.
X10
X10B
[122]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
Port Richmond
Jewett Avenue and Castleton Avenue
6th Avenue, Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue, Broadway (SB), Gannon Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Port Richmond Avenue
  • Daily service.
  • Peak hour trips (X10B) operated via West Street at World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan instead of Broadway and Church Street. Battery Park service replaced by X11.
  • Service on Narrows Road provided by the X14 during peak hours, when the X10 did not stop there.
  • Originally R10X in 1970, then became X10 in 1976
  • In September 1994, two non-revenue trips were converted to revenue trips, providing one reverse commute trip in the AM from Manhattan and on in the PM to Manhattan to serve the College of Staten Island.[123]
  • On January 17, 1998, an early Saturday morning trip toward Manhattan leaving Jewett at 6:30 a.m. was added. Service continued running hourly from 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m..[124]
X11
[122]
Tribeca
Worth Street and Broadway
Travis
Wild Avenue and Victory Boulevard
Church Street (NB), Broadway (SB), Gannon Avenue, Victory Boulevard
  • Peak service only
X12
X42
[125]
West Midtown
West 57th Street and 11th Avenue
Mariners Harbor
South Avenue and Richmond Terrace
57th Street, 6th Avenue, Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue, Broadway (SB), Victory Boulevard, Watchogue Road, Port Richmond Avenue, Forest Avenue, South Avenue
  • Peak service only.
  • During the height of the rush hour, X12 trips ended at 23rd Street, while X42 trips acted as midtown super-express service (via the FDR Drive & 23rd Street instead of 6th Avenue/Broadway).
  • X42 service south of 23rd Street to Houston Street eliminated on April 12, 2004.[126]
Madison Square
23rd Street and 5th Avenue
X13
[127]
Lower Manhattan
Water & Broad Street (AM), Trinity Place & Rector Street (PM)
Port Richmond
Castleton Avenue and Jewett Avenue
Church Street, Water Street, Clove Road, Forest Avenue, Port Richmond Avenue
  • In 2002, service was changed from operating to/from Worth Street/Broadway to operating along the Downtown Loop routing shared by the X15, X18, and X20.
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[50]
X14
[128]
West Midtown
West 57th Street and 11th Avenue
Port Richmond
Castleton Avenue and Jewett Avenue
Madison Avenue (NB), Fifth Avenue (SB), Water Street, Clove Road, Forest Avenue, Port Richmond Avenue
  • Originally the R8X to Downtown Brooklyn.
  • Originally R14X in 1973, then became X14 in 1976.
  • Peak service only
X15
[129]
Lower Manhattan
Downtown Loop
Eltingville Transit Center Church Street (NB), Water Street (SB), Richmond Road, Arthur Kill Road
  • Peak service only
X16
[130]
Lower Manhattan
Worth Street and Broadway
Port Richmond
Castleton Avenue and Jewett Avenue
Church Street (NB), Broadway (SB), Victory Boulevard, Forest Avenue
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[50]
X17A
[131]
Tribeca
Worth Street and Broadway
Annadale, Staten Island
Annadale Road and Drumgoole Road East
Church Street (NB), Broadway (SB), Richmond Avenue
  • Peak service only.
  • Replaced the X17C in the peak direction for downtown service to and from Annadale.
  • All X17 trips (A, C, and J) served the Eltingville Transit Center.
X17C
[131]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
Huguenot
Woodrow Road and Huguenot Avenue
6th Avenue, Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue, Broadway (SB), Richmond Avenue, Drumgoole Road, Huguenot Avenue
  • Originally R17X in 1973, then became X17 in 1976
  • No service during peak hours in the peak direction
    • Peak direction service replaced by X17A, X17J, X19, X22, X22A, and X24 during these hours.
  • Weekends, all X17 trips served Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (to and from Manhattan only).
  • All X17 trips (A, C, and J) served the Eltingville Transit Center.
  • Extended to Tottenville during off-peak weekdays via Outerbridge Park and Ride in January 2013.
Tottenville
Page Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
X17J
[131]
Midtown Manhattan
East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
Huguenot
Woodrow Road and Huguenot Avenue
34th Street, Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue, 42nd Street (SB), Richmond Avenue, Drumgoole Road, Huguenot Avenue
  • Peak service only.
  • Replaced the X17C in the peak direction for midtown Manhattan service.
  • Operated via the Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey Turnpike and the Goethals Bridge
  • Created in 2000 as a result of NYCDOT planning studies
  • Formerly the Academy Bus Lines Richmond route, with some modifications
  • All X17 trips (A, C, and J) served the Eltingville Transit Center.
X18

(Second
use)

[132]
Lower Manhattan
Water and Broad Street (AM)
Trinity Place and Rector Street (PM)
Concord
Narrows Road and Targee Street (AM)
Arrochar
School Road and Dennis Torricelli Street (PM)
Church Street, Water Street, Targee Street, Tompkins Avenue, Bay Street
  • Operated as Park Hill/Rosebank Loop. AM buses ran from Targee Street & DeKalb Street to Water Street & Broad Street. PM buses ran from Trinity Place & Rector Street to School Road & Dennis Torricelli Street.
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[50]
X19
[131]
Tribeca
Worth Street and Broadway
Huguenot
Woodrow Road and Huguenot Avenue
Church Street (NB), Broadway (SB), Arden Avenue, Drumgoole Road, Huguenot Avenue
  • Peak service only.
  • Replaced the X17C in the peak direction for downtown service to and from Huguenot and Arden Heights.
X20

(Second
use)

[133]
Lower Manhattan
Water Street and Broad Street (AM)
Trinity Place and Rector Street (PM)
South Beach
Sand Lane and Father Capodanno Boulevard
Church Street, Water Street, Sand Lane, Steuben Street
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[50]
X21
(First
use)
Midtown Manhattan
57th Street and 3rd Avenue
Pleasant Plains
Amboy Road and Bedell Street
34th Street, Madison Avenue (NB), Lexington Avenue, 23rd Street (SB), Rossville Avenue, Woodrow Road, Bloomingdale Road[134]
  • Established in 2001 as a short-turn of the X22 with 3 trips each way.
  • Discontinued in 2002, and replaced by the X22 bus.
X21
(Second
use)
[135]
Midtown
East 41 Street and 1st Avenue
Eltingville
Richmond Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
42nd Street, Arthur Kill Road, Richmond Avenue
  • Peak service only.
  • New super express route began service on September 2, 2014.[136]
X22
X22A
[137]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
Tottenville
Page Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
34th Street, Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue, 42nd Street (SB), Amboy Road, Bloomingdale Road
  • Peak service only
  • X22 bypassed Outerbridge Park and Ride except for a few PM trips
  • X22A originated at Tottenville and operated express between Outerbridge Park and Ride and Manhattan, stopping only at Arthur Kill Road and Victory Boulevard
  • Operated via the Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey Turnpike and the Goethals Bridge
  • Created in 2000 as a result of NYCDOT planning studies
  • Formerly the Academy Bus Lines Amboy route
  • Outerbridge Park and Ride service added on July 5, 2011 to replace the AE7, with six AM trips beginning at Outerbridge and eight PM trips serving Outerbridge.[138][139]
  • X22A service added on January 30, 2012 as a six-month trial,[140] and later made permanent.
Pleasant Plains
Outerbridge Park and Ride
X23
(Second
use)
[141]
Midtown Manhattan
East 59th Street and 5th Avenue
Huguenot
Huguenot Avenue and Amboy Road
34th Street, Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue (SB), Woodrow Road, Foster Road, Huguenot Avenue
  • Peak service only
  • Began service on August 27, 2001, as a result of NYCDOT planning studies. Operated under city subsidy.[142][143]
  • Formerly operated by Atlantic Express.[144]
  • Taken over by Academy Bus in December 2013 following Atlantic Express filing for bankruptcy;[3][145] temporarily only accepted cash following takeover.[145]
  • Operated via the Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey Turnpike and the Goethals Bridge
X24

(Second
use)

[146]
Midtown
East 59th Street and 5th Avenue
New Dorp
Tysens Lane and Hylan Boulevard
34th Street, Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue (SB), Huguenot Avenue, Arden Avenue, Hylan Boulevard
  • Peak service only
  • Began service on August 27, 2001, as a result of NYCDOT planning studies. Operated under city subsidy.[142][143]
  • Formerly operated by Atlantic Express.[144]
  • Renamed from Arden line.
  • Taken over by Academy Bus in December 2013;[3][145] temporarily only accepted cash following takeover.[145]
  • Operated via the Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey Turnpike and the Goethals Bridge
X30
[147]
Midtown
West 57th Street and 11th Avenue
Sunnyside
Clove Road and Victory Boulevard
Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue (SB), 42nd Street, 57th Street, Forest Avenue
  • Peak service only
  • Operated via the Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey Turnpike and the Goethals Bridge
  • Formerly the Academy Bus Lines Forest route until June 22, 2001;[148][149] began service under NYCT on September 10, 2001.[148]
X31
[150]
Midtown
East 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
Eltingville Transit Center 34th Street, Madison Avenue (NB), 5th Avenue (SB), 42nd Street, Bradley Avenue, Harold Street, Forest Hill Road, Travis Avenue
  • Peak service only
  • Began service on June 3, 1991.[151]
  • Service initially ran an into Manhattan via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the Gowanus Expressway, and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. A stop was made at West Street and Vesey Street, and service continued up West Street. AM service turned onto 11th Avenue, 23rd Street, and then up Madison Avenue and then 57th Street to the terminal at Third Avenue. In the PM, service started at Park Avenue and 57th Street, then went south on Lexington Avenue, west on 23rd Street, before heading on Seventh Avenue and West Houston Street, before joining up with the AM route at West Street.[151]
  • AM trips ran via the Gowanus Expressway, PM trips ran via Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey Turnpike and the Goethals Bridge.
  • On April 1, 1996, morning buses were rerouted via New Jersey to save up to 40 minutes in travel time and the route was extended 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from Marsh Avenue to the Richmond Avenue turnaround. The changes were made in response to a competing express bus route set up by a private bus operator on February 5, 1996, which already ran via New Jersey. A free transfer was instituted to make up for the loss of service to Lower Manhattan at Vesey Street. After three months, the changes increased ridership by 20%, making up most of the ridership lost to the competing bus company.[152]
  • Operated via Lincoln Tunnel in both directions until March 20, 2006, when buses were rerouted via the Staten Island and Gowanus Expressways and West Street. This was following the opening of the Staten Island Expressway bus lane in November 2005.[153]
Other X- routesEdit
Route Terminals Streets Traveled History and Notes
B27X
Became the X27 in 1976.
B28X
Became the X28 in 1976.
B29X
Became the X29 in 1976. See below for more information.
M23X
Service began on April 1, 1972, and later became the X23, and then the X90 in 1988. See below for more information.
Q18X
Service began on August 2, 1971, and later became the X18, and then the X68 on April 15, 1990.
Q20X
Service began in October 1971, and later became the X20, and then the X63 on April 15, 1990.
Q24X
Service began in October 1971, and later became the X24, and then the X64 on April 15, 1990.
R8X
[75]
Port Richmond, Staten Island
Richmond Avenue and Richmond Terrace
Downtown Brooklyn
Adams Street and Fulton Street
Clove Road, Broadway, Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, Gowanus Expressway
  • Service started on November 3, 1965; fare at the time was 30 cents.[75][154]
  • First express bus route to link Staten Island with Downtown Brooklyn.[75]
  • Service was discontinued in early 1990 due to low ridership.[75]
X18

(First
use)

Service began on August 2, 1971 as the Q18X, and then became the X68 on April 15, 1990.
X20

(First
use)

Service began in October 1971 as the Q20X, and became the X63 on April 15, 1990.
X23

(First
use)

Service began on April 1, 1972 as the M23X; renamed the X90 in 1988. See below for more information.
X24

(First
use)

Service began in October 1971 as the Q24X, and became the X64 on April 15, 1990.
X25
[155]
Lower Manhattan
World Financial Center
Vesey Street and North End Avenue
Midtown Manhattan
Grand Central Terminal
42nd Street and Lexington Avenue
Worth Street (SB), Chambers Street (NB), 42nd Street, FDR Drive
  • Began service on October 1, 1976 running from Grand Central to Battery Place and Greenwich Street.[156][157] The service included a UniTicket program between the Conrail (now Metro-North) rail service at Grand Central and the express bus route.[158]
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[50]
X26
[159]
Battery Park City, Manhattan
Vesey Street and North End Avenue
Midtown Manhattan
Penn Station
32nd Street and 7th Avenue
West Street
X27B

X28B
See X27 (X27B) and X28 (X28B) for the current destinations and streets traveled.
  • X27B and X28B travel path is the same as X27 and X28 except running via West Street and World Financial Center.
  • Service operated briefly from January 3, 2011[160] until July 1, 2011,[52] due to a lawsuit which stated that 2010 service cuts violated the ADA law.[161]
  • These routes were replaced by reinstated X37 and X38 bus service.
X29
[162]
Midtown Manhattan
57th Street and Madison Avenue
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Stillwell Avenue and Surf Avenue
Northbound: Church Street, 6th Avenue, Madison Avenue
Southbound: 5th Avenue, Broadway
Brooklyn: Coney Island Avenue, Surf Avenue
  • Began service on February 14, 1972 as B29X.[163][164]
  • Originally the B29X; renumbered in 1976
  • Served Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.[164]
  • Original terminal was West 5th Street and Sea Breeze Avenue (near Surf Avenue);[164] later extended to Surf Avenue & West 37th Street (at Sea Gate),[165] then truncated to Stillwell Avenue.
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to a budget crisis.[50]
X32
[166]
Bedford Park, Bronx
The Bronx High School of Science
205th Street and Paul Avenue
Jamaica, Queens
165th Street Bus Terminal
Parsons Boulevard, Union Street, Kissena Boulevard, Horace Harding Expressway, 188th Street
  • School days only, discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis. Service replicated by Q44 and Bx22 local buses and private buses for school students.[50][79][167]
  • Traveled between Queens and the Bronx via the Whitestone Bridge, and non-stop in the Bronx via the Hutchinson River Parkway, Cross Bronx Expressway, Bronx River Parkway, Kasmiroff Boulevard, and Bedford Park Boulevard.[166]
Oakland Gardens, Queens
Union Turnpike and Springfield Blvd
Parsons Boulevard, Union Street, Kissena Boulevard, 46th Avenue, 48th Avenue, Springfield Boulevard
Bay Terrace, Queens
Bell Boulevard and 23rd Avenue
Parsons Boulevard, Union Street, 150th Street, 29th Avenue, 32nd Avenue
X51
[168]
Midtown Manhattan
34th Street and 3rd Avenue
Auburndale, Queens
Sanford Avenue and 165th Street
34th Street, 6th Avenue, 57th Street, Sanford Avenue
X61
Lower Manhattan
Peck Slip and Water Street
Riverdale, Bronx
West 262nd Street and Broadway
Broadway, Major Deegan Expressway, FDR Drive, Wall Street
  • Began service on September 11, 1978.[169][111]
  • Service reduced in 1980 due to low ridership.[170]
  • Discontinued in early 1990.
X66
Midtown Manhattan
57th Street and 5th Avenue
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Avenue Z and Ocean Parkway
Broadway, 5th Avenue, Bay Ridge Parkway, Stillwell Avenue, 86th Street, Shell Road, Avenue Z.
  • Discontinued in early 1980, became BM15 operated by Fiesta Bus in 1981, then operated by Metro Apple Express in the late 1980s
  • Discontinued when Metro Apple Express went bankrupt.
X81
Woodside, Queens
61st Street ( 7   <7> ​ trains) and
Woodside (LIRR) stations
Randall's Island
Icahn Stadium
Brooklyn Queens Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, Hell Gate Circle
  • Events-only special. Last ran in 2009, discontinued sometime after.[171]
X90
[172]
Lower Manhattan
Vesey Street and North End Avenue
Yorkville, Manhattan
91st Street and York Avenue
West Street, FDR Drive, Water Street, York Avenue
  • The New York City Transit Authority, in March 1971, sought permission from the New York City Board of Estimate to operate express buses during rush hours along the FDR Drive. It was hoped that the route would attract Upper East Side residents that used their cars to get to the Financial District.[173]
  • Began service on April 1, 1971 as the M23X.[73][173]
  • The two former southern termini in Lower Manhattan were at Pearl Street and Frankfort Street, and at Water Street and Broad Street.[174]
  • On June 24, 1996, service was rerouted from 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue with a terminal at 110th Street and 5th Avenue to a terminal at 92nd Street and York Avenue, running along York Avenue to 55th Street.[175]
  • Extended to World Financial Center on September 9, 2002.[49]
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[50]
  • Renamed from the X23 in 1988.
  • The route had an alternate northern terminus in Harlem at 110th Street and 5th Avenue.[174]
X92
[176]
Lower Manhattan
South Ferry
Yorkville, Manhattan
92nd Street and York Avenue
FDR Drive, 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, York Avenue
  • Combined into the then-X90 route in 2004.

MTA Bus CompanyEdit

Route Terminals Streets Traveled History and Notes
BxM4A
[177]
Midtown Manhattan
26th Street and Madison Avenue
Bedford Park, Bronx
205th Street and Paul Avenue
  • Manhattan: 5th Avenue (southbound), Madison Avenue (northbound)
  • Bronx: Grand Concourse, West Gun Hill Road
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[178]
  • It was replaced by the BxM4, and no service was restored to the Bedford Park branch.
BxM4B
Service began in 1984, and later became the BxM4 on June 27, 2010.
BxM7A
Service began on January 10, 1972, and later became the BxM8 in September 2011.
BxM7B
[179]
Midtown Manhattan
23rd Street and Madison Avenue
City Island, Bronx
Rochelle Street and City Island Avenue
  • Manhattan: 2nd Avenue, 116th Street, 5th Avenue (southbound); Madison Avenue, 72nd Street, 3rd Avenue (northbound),
  • Bronx: Bruckner Expressway, City Island Avenue
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[178]
  • It was replaced with two BxM8 trips extended to City Island.
See QM1, QM6, QM7 and QM8 for details.
QM2A
Relabeled to QM20.
QM22
[180]
Midtown Manhattan
  • Eastbound: 57th Street and 3rd Avenue
    (both branches)
  • Westbound:
    • 34th Street and 3rd Avenue (via 3rd Avenue)
    • 38th Street and 3rd Avenue (via 6th Avenue)
Jackson Heights, Queens
31st Avenue and 77th Street
  • Manhattan:
    • 3rd Avenue branch: 3rd Avenue, 59th Street
    • 6th Avenue branch: 34th Street, 6th Avenue, 57th Street
  • Queens: 21st Street, 21st Avenue, Ditmars Boulevard
  • Formerly operated by Triboro Coach beginning June 6, 1988.[181]
  • Two different route branches in Manhattan: Third Avenue and Sixth Avenue[38]
  • Discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[178][181]
QM23
[182]
Midtown Manhattan
33rd Street and 7th Avenue
at Penn Station
Woodhaven, Queens

102nd Street and Jamaica Avenue

  • Manhattan: 34th Street
  • Queens: Woodhaven Boulevard, Jamaica Avenue
BQM1
Relabeled to BM5

Command Bus Company (special service)Edit

Eight special routes, which was operated by Pioneer Bus then Command Bus Company.[184][38] All service discontinued in 2001.[185]

Route Terminals Streets Traveled
BQ5
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
86th Street and 4th Avenue
86th Street, 19th Avenue, 65th Street, 23rd Avenue, Avenue M, Flatlands Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, Linden Boulevard
BQ10
Midwood, Brooklyn
Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue
Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, Linden Boulevard
BQ11
  • Kings Highway route: Kings Highway, Avenue M
  • Coney Island route: Stillwell Avenue, Neptune Avenue, Ocean Parkway, Avenue Z, Nostrand Avenue, Avenue U, Mill Avenue, Ralph Avenue
  • Both routes: Flatlands Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, Linden Boulevard
BQ12
Midwood, Brooklyn
Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue
Shea Stadium, Queens Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, Linden Boulevard
BW4
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
86th Street and 4th Avenue
Yonkers Raceway, Westchester County 86th Street, 19th Avenue, 65th Street, 23rd Avenue, Avenue M, Flatlands Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, Linden Boulevard
BMJ1
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
East 15th Street and Sheephead Bay Road
Meadowlands Racetrack, New Jersey Avenue Z, Coney Island Avenue, Avenue M, 23rd Avenue, 65th Street, 19th Avenue, 86th Street, 4th Avenue, Flatbush Avenue
BMJ2
Spring Creek, Brooklyn
Pennsylvania Avenue and Flatlands Avenue
Meadowlands Racetrack, New Jersey Flatlands Avenue, Avenue M, Kings Highway, Nostrand Avenue, Flatbush Avenue

Note: An additional route, the BM2S bus route, ran from Starrett City to Downtown Manhattan ran via Flatlands Avenue between East 80th Street and East 105th Street. The service still operates as part of regular BM2 service during rush hour. [184][38] In addition, Command operated ferry shuttle buses around the Bay Ridge area from the Brooklyn Army Terminal after September 11, 2001, for the free ferry ride to/from the Wall Street pier. Both Pioneer Bus then Command Bus operated bus service to/from Roosevelt Raceway.

Caravan Transit (temporary operation)Edit

From late 1988 to early 1990, Queens Surface Corporation temporarily outsourced these lines to Caravan Transit (a school bus operator) due to equipment shortages with the approval of the NYCDOT. Caravan Transit returned the lines to Queens Surface Corp. when 50 new MCI Classics suburban type buses (900-949) were delivered new to that company during 1989.

Route Terminals Streets Traveled
QM19
Queens and Manhattan Same as current QM3 route
QM20
QM25
Same as current QM7 route
QM26
Same as current QM8 route

Metro Apple Express (MAX)Edit

Metro Apple Express (MAX) operated buses in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and to Jones Beach during its existence. They did not have fare boxes on the bus so the drivers were able to make change. Their bus schedules were color-coded for each route, BM10 was black, BM11 was blue, BM12 was green and BM15 was red. The president was Patrick Condren.[186][38]

Route Terminus
in Brooklyn
Streets traveled
in Manhattan
Terminus
in Manhattan
BM10
Bay Ridge
97th Street and 3rd Avenue
Northbound: Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Trinity Place, Church Street, 6th Avenue

Southbound: 5th Avenue, Broadway, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

Midtown
59th Street and 5th Avenue
BM11
Bensonhurst
Bay Ridge Parkway and Bay Parkway, (originally, Bay Parkway & 65th Street)
BM12
Bay Ridge
4th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway
BM15
Coney Island
Ocean Parkway and Avenue Z at
Coney Island Hospital
Bensonhurst
Bay Parkway and Bay Ridge Parkway
(Saturday service)
Notes:
  • All routes started in 1981 and were discontinued in May 1994 when company shut down. They tried to start again as Metro Apple in August 1995, using ex-NYCT Blitz buses, but it did not last.
  • Bay Ridge Parkway was listed as 75th Street on their schedules and bus signs, which is the same street name.
  • Route BM15: Originally, Fiesta Bus operated the route, BM15 originally ran southbound via Lexington Avenue.
  • Route BM10, BM11 super express ran during the PM Rush Hours, via 23rd Street, FDR Drive and Downtown Manhattan service began at Thomas Street & Broadway, BM10 super express originally ran Via West Houston Street, West Street, than switched to the FDR Drive.
  • Route BM15 one trip during the PM Rush Hours started at Fulton Street & Water Street.
  • The check point Brooklyn bound originally was at Broadway and Exchange Pl, then 66th Street & 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, it was changed when they started the super express so passengers may transfer between buses, that is why the BM11, and BM15 routes were changed, the check point for Manhattan bound was the last pick up stop in Brooklyn.
  • QBM1, (Breezy Point, Beach 217th Street) and QBM2 (Hammels, Beach 73rd Street) via Madison Ave. Originally, operated by Erin Tours.
  • They had 2 Jones Beach routes, the BN1 Bay Ridge, the MN1 Midtown, 55th Street & 2nd Avenue ran during the summer months, and they ran a Amtrak special ran between Grand Central & Penn Station for passengers who needed to transfer between trains, and a Department Of Labor ran for the employees between the office and Downtown Brooklyn to connect to the subways.

Red & Tan in Hudson CountyEdit

Route Terminus
(in Staten Island)
Streets traveled
(in Staten Island)
Streets traveled
(in New Jersey)
Terminus
(in New Jersey)
Notes
122
[187]
Eltingville
Richmond Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Hylan Boulevard, Steuben Street, Clove Road,
Forest Avenue, Willowbrook Expressway
Interstate 78,
Route 440,
Bayonne Bridge
Hoboken
Hoboken Terminal
Discontinued in May 2005.[188]
144
[189]
Arden Heights
Arthur Kill Road and West Shore Expressway
Arden Road, Richmond Avenue, Staten Island Mall,
Forest Avenue, Willowbrook Expressway
Discontinued in January 2007.[190]

Atlantic ExpressEdit

All routes going into Manhattan terminate at Midtown on East 59th Street and Madison Avenue.

All routes traveled via into West Shore Expressway, Goethals Bridge into New Jersey's New Jersey Turnpike, Lincoln Tunnel; in Manhattan: 34th Street, Madison Avenue (northbound) and 5th Avenue (Southbound).

These routes were operated by Academy Bus until June 2001, when the franchises were awarded to Atlantic Express.[148][149][191] All of these routes have been rebranded or eliminated.[192]

Route Terminus
(in Staten Island)
Streets traveled
(in Staten Island)
Notes
AE1
[193]
Huguenot
Luten Avenue and Amboy Road
Luten Avenue, Hylan Boulevard, Seguine Avenue, Foster Road, Woodrow Road
  • Service began in July 2001.
  • Rebranded X23 on August 27, 2001.[142][194][149]
AE2
[195]
New Dorp
Luten Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Hylan Boulevard, Arden Avenue, Woodrow Road, Huguenot Avenue
  • Service began in July 2001.
  • Rebranded X24 on August 27, 2001.[142][149][196]
  • Formerly Academy Bus Arden route.
AE4
[197]
Rossville
Bloomingdale Road and Veterans Parkway
Bloomingdale Road, Amboy Road, Rossville Avenue, Arthur Kill Road
  • Service began June 25, 2001.
  • Replaced by X21 on August 27, 2001, operated by NYC Transit.[142][149]
  • Discontinued permanently in 2002.
AE5
[198]
Richmond Valley
Page Avenue and Amboy Road
Amboy Road, Main Street, Hylan Boulevard, Segume Avenue, Huguenot Avenue
  • Service began June 25, 2001.
  • Replaced by X22 on August 27, 2001, operated by NYC Transit on August 27, 2001.[142][149]
  • Formerly Academy Bus Amboy route.
AE6
[199]
Travis
141 East Service Road at
Showplace Bowling (Park-and-Ride)
West Shore Expressway
  • Service began in 2001.
  • Service discontinued on August 4, 2003, because Atlantic Express lost the lease at the bus terminal.[192][200]
  • It was combined with route AE7 operations and MTA's X22 express route.
AE7
[201]
Pleasant Plains
West Shore Expressway and Veterans Parkway
at Outerbridge Park-and-Ride
West Shore Expressway, Page Avenue, Hylan Boulevard
  • Originally operated from park and ride at the Showplace Entertainment Center in Travis in June 2001.[194][202]
  • Move to new terminal at Pleasant Plains on January 13, 2003.[202][203]
  • Discontinued in December 2010 due to low ridership.[204][202]
  • X22 service rerouted to Outerbridge Park & Ride in July 2011.

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