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1 ITS-NY ANNUAL MEETING Bus Rapid Transit in New York City: Bus Lane Operations on One-Way Arterial Streets June 9, 2011 Ted Orosz AICP, Director Long Range Bus Planning MTA New York City Transit 1

2 Overview BRT Program in New York City Fordham Road Results M15 SBS Performance Report Traffic, Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Transit Ridership and Speed 2011 Implementation Nostrand Avenue Project 34 th Street Project 2

3 Background MTA New York City Transit: Operator of New York City s public transit system Part of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York State) Over 5.2 million subway and 2.7 million bus trips per day New York City Department of Transportation: Operator of New York City s streets, free bridges, and Staten Island Ferry Maintains street and traffic signal infrastructure Agency partnership key to project success 3

4 Average Speed (MPH) Bus Speeds Dropping in NYC

5 Sources of Bus Delay Other Delays 3% Stop Delays 21% Dwell Time 22% In Motion Time 54% 5

6 Select Bus Service Phase I 6

7 Bx12 SBS: Fordham Road-Pelham Pkwy 7

8 Bx12 SBS: Results 8

9 M15 SBS: First/Second Avenues 8.5 miles / 14KM from South Ferry to 125 th Street Currently served by M15 bus route Over 54,000 weekday riders Bus speeds have been declining Ridership has been decreasing Within ¼ Mile / 400M: 537,000 residents 78% of households do not own a car 57% of residents commute by transit 9

10 2010 Implementation M15 Select Bus Service launched October 10, 2010 ( ) - Over 10 miles of dedicated bus lanes - NYPD and camera enforcement of bus lanes - off-board fare payment - longer station spacing - low-floor, three-door buses 10

11 2010 Implementation Doubled the protected bike lanes in New York City Installed over 50 pedestrian refuge islands 11

12 M15 SBS: Features 12

13 M15 SBS: Features 13

14 M15 SBS: Second Avenue Subway Construction 14

15 Avg. Daily Ridership M15 SBS Performance 60,000 Ridership Running Time Time at bus stops 50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 M15 Local M15 SBS M15 Limited Time in motion Bus lane violations 0 March 2010 March % increase from former Limited to SBS 4,000 new M15 trips per day Bus ridership in Manhattan down 5% 15

16 M15 SBS Performance M15 Limited vs. M15 SBS 03:37 Ridership 18:07 02:56 17:59 Running Time 18:54 80:44 12:04 68:35 Time at bus stops 40:06 35:36 Time in motion Bus lane violations M15 LTD Bus In Motion Stopped at red lights M15 SBS Stopped at Bus Stops Other Delays SBS 12 minutes (15%) faster than Limited 16

17 M15 SBS Performance Ridership Running Time Summonses issued by NYPD January 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011 Parking in Bus Lane Driving in Bus Lane Total Time at bus stops Time in motion Bus lane violations First Avenue 2, ,081 Second Avenue 2, ,614 Summonses issued through Bus Lane Camera program: 5,800 Through April 5,

18 Traffic Data PM Peak Hour Traffic Volumes First Avenue 14th St Second Avenue 14th St 23rd St 23rd St 34th St 34th St 57th St 42nd St 60th St ,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 June 2009 April th St ,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 June 2009 April 2011 Very minor changes in traffic volumes through project area PM Peak hour: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Before data collected June 9-15, 2009 After data collected April 4-10,

19 Traffic Data Taxi Speeds First Avenue Second Avenue th St - 23rd St 23rd St - 34th St 34th St - 40th St 40th St - 59th St th St - 23rd St 23rd St - 34th St 34th St - 40th St 40th St - 59th St 11/ / / /2010 Traffic speeds remained mostly level through project area 19

20 Safety Data Houston St to 34 th Street on First and Second Avenues* Total Before Before Average per 4 months After Percent change Crashes 1, % Crashes with injuries % Total Injuries % Before period: December 1 to March 31 of , & After period: December 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 *Note: Updated from CAC presentation to more accurately reflect construction finish date and other methodology improvements 20

21 Bicycle Volumes (weekdays) First Avenue Between St Marks Pl and E 9 th St Cyclist Volumes 12 Hour:7am-7pm, Weekdays 2,200 Before After 2,000 1,800 2, % 1, % 1,600 1,400 1,200 1, , % 1, % 1, % 1, % June 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 Notes: Data from a single weekday count (06/29/10; 11/03/10; 12/09/10, 01/06/11, 02/15/11, 03/08/11, 04/21/11) 21

22 Bicycle Volumes (weekdays) Second Avenue Between St Marks Pl and E 9 th St Cyclist Volumes 12 Hour:7am-7pm, Weekdays Before After 2,000 1,800 1, % 1,600 1,400 1,200 1,000 1,226 1,247 +2% 1,067-13% 1,049-14% 1,129-8% 1,023-17% June 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 Notes: Data from a single weekday count (06/24/10; 11/03/10; 12/09/10, 01/06/11, 02/15/11, 03/08/11, 04/21/11) 22

23 2011 Implementation Transit Signal Priority Traffic signals from South Ferry to Houston St to provide additional green time for buses (Fall 2011) 23

24 2011 Implementation Bus Bulbs 24

25 2011 Implementation Bus Bulbs Early action implementation of a limited number of bus bulbs in 2011 Remainder in 2012 Bulbs will contain stormwater management component where feasible 25

26 2011 Implementation Proposed Bicycle Facilities E 34 th Street to E 59 th Street 2010: Bike paths installed below 34th Street 2011: Extend bike facilities to 59th Street Existing Cycling Volume at 50th Street: First Ave: 828* Second Ave: 1,118* *Average of 3 single day counts (7am-7pm) May, August and September

27 27

28 B44 SBS: Nostrand/Rogers Avenues 9.3 miles /15 KM from Williamsburg Bridge to Sheepshead Bay Currently served by B44 bus route 44,300 weekday riders 5 th busiest bus route in city Buses travel at an average speed of 7-8 mph Within ¼ Mile / 400M: 300,000 residents 62% of households do not own a car 60% of residents commute by transit 28

29 Current Conditions 29

30 Build Conditions 30

31 2 miles /3.2 KM across Manhattan M34 SBS: 34 th Street Currently served by M16/M34 bus routes and numerous commuter buses 33,000 weekday riders Buses travel at an average speed of 4.5 mph Severe Pedestrian Crowding 6,000+ peds/hour Major Growth Expected 31

32 34 th Street SBS: Features Bus Lanes Curbside bus lanes installed in /3 of corridor will be upgraded to offset bus lanes Off-board fare collection New low-floor buses Bus bulbs at 14 stations Real Time Arrival Information Limited TSP <- Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn similar cross section 32

33 33

34 Lessons Learned: Bus Lanes Offset bus lanes work better for both buses and communities Red paint and overhead signs are very effective at helping keep bus lanes clear but red paint requires maintenance Cameras are more reliable than police for enforcement, but aren t necessarily moneymakers (except for the vendors) 34

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