B44 Select Bus Service, Nostrand Avenue
The B44 Select Bus Service has begun along Nostrand Avenue

Following nearly five years of back and forth planning and close to a year of construction, the B44 Select Bus Service (SBS), which runs along Nostrand Avenue from the Williamsburg Bridge to Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, finally launched.

Select Bus Service represent  MTA Regional Bus Operations in New York City first introduced in 2008 to improve the speed and reliability of mass transit along multiple long, busy limited-stop corridors. The first route to run under the SBS branding was the Bx12, along Fordham Road and the Pelham Parkway.

The newly minted SBS route for the B44, which cuts through Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, began as a Bus Rapid Transit study, in 2006 by city transit workers with input from the public, which selected Nostrand and Rogers avenues as one of five BRT corridors in need of further transit development.

The B44 SBS construction included work on concrete bus pads in the roadway and station platforms on the sidewalk, roadway resurfacing and bus lane painting, new bus shelters and landscaping, new signage for rush hour lanes and truck loading, new metered parking and the installation of fare machines.

The new B44 SBS hopes to improve bus service for the 44,000 daily riders by bringing dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority and off-board fare collection. These improvements are expected to reduce travel time and attract new commuters.

Currently, there are six SBS routes along five corridors, with an additional route scheduled to begin service in spring 2014.


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  1. Finally I understand what they are doing. I had no idea what this Select Service bus was that kept passing me by.

  2. this new plan is an inconvenience! i now have to walk 3 loooong blocks to the SBS stop to get to williamsburg since none of the local buses do. mta decides to roll this out when it gets cold outside? nice way to make people stand outside for multiple buses and/or walk way farther than before to get to the right bus for you.

  3. You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I find this matter to
    be really one thing that I feel I’d by no means understand.
    It sort of feels too complex and very large for me.
    I am having a look ahead to your subsequent put up, I will attempt to get
    the dangle of it!

  4. I actually used this bus to get from Dekalb to Empire Blvd and it was super fast! You have to get a ticket at the machine to board but no one collects the tickets so I wonder how do they know if people paid?

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