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An M34 bus in Manhattan by the Empire State Building.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates a number of bus routes in Manhattan, New York, United States; one minor route is privately-operated by Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. Many of them are the direct descendants of streetcar lines (see list of streetcar lines in Manhattan).

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Companies

Presently, the New York City Transit Authority and its subsidiary Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority operate most local buses in Manhattan. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation operates the Roosevelt Island Red Bus Service on Roosevelt Island.

The first bus company in Manhattan was the Fifth Avenue Coach Company, which began operating the Fifth Avenue Line (now the M1 route) in 1886. When New York Railways began abandoning several streetcar lines in 1919, the replacement bus routes (including the current M21 and M22 routes) were picked up by the New York City Department of Plant and Structures (DP&S). The DP&S began operating several other buses (including the current M79 and M96 routes) in 1921. All of these but the M21 were acquired by Green Bus Lines in 1933; Green transferred several of these to the Comprehensive Omnibus Corporation in 1935.

The New York City Omnibus Corporation began operating replacement routes for New York Railways lines abandoned in 1936, and acquired the remaining Green routes. They also acquired the Madison Avenue Coach Company (former New York and Harlem Railroad lines), Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation (former Eighth and Ninth Avenue Railways lines), and in 1942 the Triangle Bus Corporation (current M21 route).

In 1936, the NYCO and Fifth Avenue were placed under common ownership. The two were merged directly by 1956, when the NYCO acquired the Surface Transportation Corporation (operated former Third Avenue Railway routes since 1941), and changed its name to Fifth Avenue Coach Lines. After a strike in 1962, the entire Fifth Avenue system was transferred to the newly-formed Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority.

In 1933, two related companies began to operate routes: the Comprehensive Omnibus Corporation gained several Green Bus Lines routes (including the current M22, M27, and M50 routes), and the East Side Omnibus Corporation started operating former Second Avenue Railroad routes (including the current M15 and M31 routes). The Comprehensive also started the current M66 route that year, and in 1948 the New York City Board of Transportation acquired the Comprehensive and East Side routes, transferred to the New York City Transit Authority in 1953. The M9 route came from the Avenue B and East Broadway Transit Company in 1980, which had begun operating replacement routes for the Dry Dock, East Broadway and Battery Railroad lines in 1932.

List of routes

This table gives details for the routes prefixed with "M" - in other words, those considered to run primarily in Manhattan by the MTA. For details on routes with other prefixes, see the following articles:

New York City Bus

Routes marked with an asterisk (*) run 24 hours a day. Some bus routes do not operate overnight hours from midnight til 5:00 am. The Manhattan bus routes should not be confused with Megabus routes with similar names originating from Manhattan.

Routes M1 to M20

Route Terminals Streets traveled Service notes
[1]
Local service
Harlem
West 147th St and
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
East Village
East Eighth St and Fourth Av
at Cooper Union
  • NB: Fourth Av, Park Av South, Madison Av.
  • SB: Lenox Av, Fifth Av, Park Av South.
Full time terminus.
South Ferry
Whitehall St and South St
  • NB: Trinity Place, Centre St, Lafayette St,
    Fourth Av, Park Av South, Madison Av.
  • SB: Lenox Av, Fifth Av, Park Av South, Broadway.
Full route, part time terminus,
weekdays only
Limited-stop service
Harlem
West 147th St and
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd

AM

PM
South Ferry
Whitehall St and South St
(See M1 Local service Harlem South Ferry above) Limited stops service operates in
AM hours to South Ferry and PM
hours to Harlem only.
[2]
Local service
Washington Heights
West 168th St and Broadway
East Village
East Eight St and Forth Av
at Cooper Union

Edgecombe Av, West 155th St,
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, Central Park North, ...

  • NB: Park Av South, Madison Av, (towards Central Park North)
  • SB: (from Central Park North), Fifth Av, East Eighth St.
Local buses operates only in overnight
and early morning hours and do not
operate while limited-stop buses run.
Limited-stop service
Washington Heights
West 168th St and Broadway
East Village
East Eight St and Forth Av
at Cooper Union
(See M2 Local routing above) Limited stops runs daily except early
morning and overnight hours.
[3]
Local
Fort George
West 193rd St and Saint Nicholas Av
East Village
East Eight St and Forth Av
at Cooper Union

Saint Nicholas Av, Manhattan Av, Central Park North, ...

  • NB: Park Av South, Madison Av, (towards Central Park North)
  • SB: (from Central Park North), Fifth Av, East Eighth St.
No overnight service.
[4]
Local service
Penn Station
West 32nd St and Seventh Av
The Cloisters Museum

Fort Washington Av, Broadway, 110th St, ...

  • NB: West 32nd St, Madison Av, (towards 110th St)
  • SB: (from 110th St) , Fifth Av, West 34th St.
Full route, runs daily except overnights
Fort Tryon Park
West 193rd St and
Fort Washington Av
Part time terminus
Limited-stop service
Penn Station
West 32nd St and Seventh Av
The Cloisters Museum (See M4 Local routing above) Weekday rush hour limited-stop service.
[5]
Local service
Washington Heights
West 178th St and Broadway
Greenwich Village
Houston St and West Broadway

Broadway, Riverside Drive, 72nd St, Central Park South, ...

  • NB: Av of Americans (Sixth Av), (towards Central Park South)
  • SB: (from Central Park South), Fifth Av, Eighth St, Broadway.
  • Local buses do not operate while
    limited-stop buses run.
  • No overnight service.
Limited-stop service
Washington Heights
West 178th St and Broadway
Greenwich Village
Houston St and West Broadway
(See M5 Local routing above) Weekday limited stop service.
[6]
Local
Midtown
Central Park South and
Av of the Americas (Sixth Av)
South Ferry
Whitehall St and South St
  • NB: Trinity Place, Church St, Av of the Americas (Sixth Av).
  • SB: Seventh Av, West 14th St, Broadway.
No overnight service.
[7]
Local
Harlem
West 147th St and
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
Chelsea
14th St and 6th Av

Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Av), West 116th St, Manhattan Av, Duke Ellington Blvd, ...

  • NB: Av of the Americas (Sixth Av), Broadway, Amsterdam Av, (towards Duke Ellington Blvd)
  • SB: (from Duke Ellington Blvd) , Columbus Av, Broadway, Seventh Av.
[8]
Local
West Village
West St and Christopher St
East Village
Avenue D and Tenth St
  • EB: West Tenth St, Saint Marks Place (Eighth St), East Tenth St.
  • WB: East Tenth St, Ninth St, Christopher St.
[9]
Local
Battery Park City
South End Av and Albany St
Union Square
14th St and Broadway
South End Av, Battery Place, State St, Water St, Saint James
Place, East Broadway, Essex St, Avenue B, East 14th St.
No overnight service.
[10]
Local
Harlem
West 159th St and
Fredrick Douglass Blvd
Penn Station
West 32nd St and Seventh Av

Fredrick Douglass Blvd / Central Park West (Eighth Av), ...

  • NB: West 31st St, Eighth Av, (towards Central Park West)
  • SB: (from Central Park West), Central Park South, Seventh Av.
No overnight service.
[11]
Local
West Village
Bethune St and Hudson St
at Abingdon Square
Riverbank State Park
West 145 St and Riverside Drive
  • NB: Tenth Av, Amsterdam Av, 135th St, Riverside Drive
  • SB: Riverside Drive, 135th St, 110th St, Columbus Av,
    Ninth Av.
Full route, full time terminus except
early morning and overnight hours.
Harlem
West 133rd St and Broadway
Early morning and overnight hours
part time terminus.
[12]
Local
Lower East Side
Grand St and FDR Drive
West Village
Bethune St and Hudson St
at Abingdon Square
14th St, Avenue A, Essex Street, and Grand St Full time terminus except overnights.
Chelsea Piers
West 18th St and West St
Overnight service only.
[13]
Local
Lower East Side
Delancy St and Columbia St
14th St, Avenue C, East 10 St, Avenue D, Houston St, Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive
[14]
Local service
East Harlem
East 126th St and Second Av
South Ferry
Whitehall St and South St
Water St, Saint James Place, Madison St,
Allen St, First Av (NB) / Second Av (SB)
Full route, full time terminus
City Hall
Park Row and Broadway
Park Row, East Broadway, Allen St,
First Av (NB) / Second Av (SB)
Part time terminus, weekdays only
Limited-stop service
East Harlem
East 126th St and Second Av
South Ferry
Whitehall St and South St
------ or ------
City Hall
Park Row and Broadway
(See M15 Local routing above)
  • Towards South Ferry; daily service
    except overnights.
  • Towards City Hall; weekdays only.
[15]
Local
Port Authority Bus Terminal
West 42nd St and Ninth Av
Waterside Plaza
East 24th St and FDR Drive
  • NB: Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, 34th St
  • SB: 34th St, Second Av, 23rd St.
[16]
Local
Washington Heights
West 168th St and Broadway
Harlem
Central Park North and Fifth Av
116th St, Convent Av, and St. Nicholas Av No overnight service.
[17]
Local
Battery Park City
Battery Place and West St
Lincoln Center
West 63rd St and Broadway
  • NB: South End Av, West St, Harrison St, Hudson St,
    Eighth Av, West 66th St.
  • SB: Broadway, Seventh Av, Varick St, West Broadway,
    Chamber St, West St, South End Av.
No overnight service.
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound; Av: Avenue; Blvd: Boulevard; St: Street

Routes M21 to M79

All routes in this section are local service.

Route Terminals Streets traveled Service notes
[18] West Village
Washington St and Spring St
Kips Bay
First Av and East 26th St
at Bellevue Hospital
Houston St and Avenue C. No overnight service.
[19] Battery Park City
North End St and Vesey St
Lower East Side
Grand St and FDR Drive
  • WB: Madison St , East Broadway, Worth St, Lafayette St, Chambers St, North End Av.
  • EB: North End Av, Chambers St, Park Row, Frankfort St, Saint James Place, Madison St.
[20] Chelsea Piers
12th Av and West 23rd St
Peter Cooper Village—
Stuyvesant Town

Av C and East 20th St
23rd St.
[21] Port Authority Bus Terminal
Eight Av and West 42nd St
United Nations
First Av and East 42nd St
  • WB: First Av, 49th St, Seventh Av, West 42nd St.
  • EB: Eighth Av, 50th St, Second Av, East 42nd St.
No overnight service.
[22] Midtown
West 57th St and Broadway
Upper East Side
East 72nd St and York Av
  • WB: East 72nd St, Fifth Av, West 57th St.
  • EB: West 57th St, Madison Av, East 72nd St.
Weekday rush hours service only.
[23] Clinton
West 54th St and 11th Av
Yorkville
East 92nd St and York Av
57th St and York Av. No overnight service.
[24] Chelsea
12th Av and West 34th St
East Side
FDR Drive and East 34th St
34th St. No overnight service.
[25] Harlem
East 125th St and Lexington Av
Randall's Island and Ward's Island 125th St, Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. No overnight service.
[26] United Nations
First Av and East 42nd St
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
12th Av and West 42nd St
42nd St. Full time terminus.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
11th Av and West 34th St
  • WB: 42nd St, 11th Av.
  • EB: 12th Av, 42nd St.
Full route, operates all days except
overnights.
[27] Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
12th Av and West 42nd St
United Nations
East 42nd St and First Av
  • WB: First Av, 49th St, 12th Av.
  • EB: 12th Av, 50th St, Second Av, East 42nd St.
[28] Upper West Side
West 72nd St and Broadway
East Midtown
York Av and East 60th St
West End Av and 57 St. No overnight service.
[29] Morningside Heights
West 106th St and Broadway
LaGuardia Airport, Queens
(Serving all terminals)
[30] Upper West Side
West End Av and West 66th St
Upper East Side
York Av and East 67th St
  • WB: East 67th St, West 66th St.
  • EB: West 65th St, East 65th St, Madison Av, East 68th St.
[31] Upper West Side
Freedom Place and West 68th St
Upper East Side
York Av and East 72nd St
  • WB: East 72nd St, Fifth Av, Central Park West,
    West 72nd St, West End Av.
  • EB: West End Av, West 72nd St, Central Park West,
    Madison Av, East 72nd St.
No overnight service.
[32] Upper West Side
Riverside Drive and West 79th St
Upper East Side
East End Av and East 79th St
79th St.
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound; Av: Avenue; Blvd: Boulevard; St: Street

Routes M86 to M116

Route Terminals Streets traveled Service notes
[33]
Local
Upper West Side
West End Av and West 86th St
Yorkville
East 92nd St and York Av
86th St, York Av
[34]
Local
Upper West Side
West End Av and West 96th St
Yorkville
First Av and East 97nd St
96th St
[35]
Limited-stop service
Murray Hill
East 34th St and Lexington Av
Washington Heights
West 193rd St and
Fort Washington Av
at Fort Tryon Park

Fort Washington Av, West 178th St (towards south),
West 179th St (towards north), Harlem River Drive, ...

  • NB: Park Av, Lexington Av, (toward Harlem River Drive)
  • SB: (from Harlem River Drive), Third Av
Weekday rush hour service only.
[36]
Local
Inwood
West 220th St and Broadway
East Harlem
East 125th St and Second Av
Broadway, Amsterdam Av, 125th Street No overnight service.
[37]
Local service
Washington Heights
West 193rd St and Amsterdam Av
East Village
East 8th St and Third Av
at Cooper Union
  • NB: Third Av, 125th St, Amsterdam Av
  • SB: Amsterdam Av, 125th St, Lexington Av, Third Av
Local buses do not operate while
limited-stop service runs.
Limited-stop service
Washington Heights
West 193rd St and Amsterdam Av
East Village
East 8th St and Third Av
at Cooper Union
(See M101 Local routing above) Limited stops runs daily
except overnights.
[38]
Local
Harlem
West 147th St and
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
East Village
East 8th St and Third Av
at Cooper Union
  • NB: Third Av, East 116th St, Lenox Av
  • SB: Lenox Av, East 116th St, Lexington Av, Third Av
[39]
Local
East Harlem
East 125th St and Lexington Av
City Hall
Park Row and Broadway
  • NB: Bowery, Third Av
  • SB: Lexington Av, Third Av, Bowery
[40]
Local
Harlem
West 129th St and Amsterdam Av
United Nations
First Av and East 42nd St
  • NB: 42nd St, Eighth Av, Broadway
  • SB: Broadway, Seventh Av, 42nd St.
[41]
Local
East Harlem
East 106th St and FDR Drive
Upper West Side
West 96th St and West End Av
West 96th St, Madison Av (NB), Fifth Av (SB), East 106th St. No overnight service.
[42]
Local
East Harlem
East 120th St and Pleasant Av
Upper West Side
West 106th St and Broadway
106th St, Manhattan Av, and 116th St No overnight service.
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound; Av: Avenue; Blvd: Boulevard; St: Street

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

Roosevelt Island Red bus at the Tramway terminal

This route is operated by Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and is the lone unsubsidized route operating in Manhattan. The Red Bus route operates an on-island shuttle bus service from apartment buildings to the subway and tramway lines.

MetroCard is not accepted for payment of fare on this line, which has a one-way cash fare of 25¢, and 10¢ for seniors and disabilities.[43]

Route Terminals Streets traveled
Red bus Octagon Apartments Roosevelt Island Tramway station Main Street, East and West Service Drive

Downtown Connection

In Lower Manhattan area, a free shuttle service operates daily from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District (BID), using minibuses. [44]

Route Terminals Streets traveled
Downtown
Connection
City Hall
Broadway and Murray Street
South Street Seaport
Water Street and Fulton Street
Warren/Murray Streets, South End Avenue, Battery Place, Water Street

History of the current Manhattan bus routes

Routes M1 to M20

Route History
M1
M2
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on February 23, 1901.
  • Northbound buses moved to Madison Avenue on January 14, 1966.
  • 4.39 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 65th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M3
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on February 23, 1901.
  • Northbound buses moved to Madison Avenue on January 14, 1966.
  • 5.66 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 37th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M4
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on August 5, 1900.
  • Northbound buses moved to Madison Avenue on January 14, 1966.
  • 7.1 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 27th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M5
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on August 5, 1900.
  • 4.04 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 72nd out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M6
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation buses route (M23 - 5) replaced New York Railways' Sixth Avenue Line streetcar on March 3, 1936.
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation buses route (M22 - 6) replaced New York Railways' Broadway Line streetcar on March 6, 1936.
  • Routes combined as a one-way pair on November 10, 1963, and kept the number 6.
  • Route through Midtown shifted from Broadway to Seventh Avenue in 2009.
  • 1.72 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 132nd out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M7
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation buses route (M22 - 7) replaced New York Railways' Columbus Avenue Line streetcar on March 25, 1936.
  • Northbound buses moved to Amsterdam Avenue on December 6, 1951 and to Sixth Avenue on March 10, 1957.
  • Had limited-stop service until 1993.
  • Southern terminus shifted to Sixth Avenue in 2009.
  • 5.63 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 38th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M8
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M16 - 13) replaced New York Railways' Eighth Street Crosstown Line streetcar on March 3, 1936.
  • Designated M13 until ca. 1989.
  • 0.92 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 161st out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M9
  • Avenue B and East Broadway Transit Company bus (M9) replaced Dry Dock, East Broadway and Battery Railroad's Avenue B Line streetcar on July 30, 1932.
  • 1.79 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 129th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M10
  • Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation bus route (M41 - soon became NYCO's 10) replaced Eighth and Ninth Avenues Railway's Eighth Avenue Line
    streetcar on November 12, 1935.
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M24 - 8/9) replaced New York Railways' Seventh Avenue Line streetcar on March 6, 1936.
  • Routes combined as a one-way pair on June 6, 1954 and kept the number 10 continued south to Abingdon Square, Spring Street and Battery Park City until 1999.
  • South of Penn Station split off into route M20 in 1999.
  • 3.68 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 81st out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M11
  • Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation bus route (M42 - soon became NYCO's 11) replaced Eighth and Ninth Avenues Railway's
    Ninth Avenue Line streetcar on November 12, 1935.
  • Northbound buses moved to Tenth Avenue on November 6, 1948.
  • Southbound buses moved to Columbus Avenue on December 6, 1951.
  • 4.41 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 64th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M14A
M14D
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M17 - 14) replaced New York Railways' 14th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on April 20, 1936.
  • Avenue D service added on January 28, 1951; initially from Broadway along 14th Street, Avenue D and Columbia Street to Stanton Street,
    and returning on Cannon Street and Houston Street.[46]
  • 12.4 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 9th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M15
  • East Side Omnibus Corporation bus route (M15) replaced Second Avenue Railroad's Second Avenue Line streetcar and
    began running route (M13) on First Avenue on June 26, 1933.
  • Routes combined as a one-way pair on June 4, 1951 and kept the number M15.
  • Began limited stop service on February 11, 1974.
  • 17.6 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank first out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M16
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M19 - 16) replaced New York Railways' 34th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on April 1, 1936.
  • 2.49 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 109th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M18
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on January 13, 1939 as a variant of the M3.
  • Original southern terminus was East Village; truncated to Harlem in 1995.
  • 0.28 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 186th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M20
  • Split from M10 in 1999; Original M20 is now M116.
  • 1.57 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 65th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]

Routes M21 to M79

Route History
M21
  • New York City Department of Plant and Structures bus route (M10 - soon became NYCO's 21) replaced New York Railways' Avenue C Line streetcar on September 21, 1919.
  • 0.57 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 172nd out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M22
  • New York City Department of Plant and Structures bus route (M1) replaced New York Railways' Chambers and Madison Streets Line streetcar on September 21, 1919.
  • Became M22 in July 1974.
  • 1.3 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 151st out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M23
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M18 - 15) replaced New York Railways' 23rd Street Crosstown Line streetcar on April 8, 1936.
  • Became M26 in July 1974 and M23 ca. 1989.
  • 5.68 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 36th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M27
  • New York City Transit Authority began operating the route on October 11, 1971 as a variant of the M27.
  • The original M27 is now the M50.
  • 0.85 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 163rd out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M30
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on February 23, 1901; M6 until July 1974.
  • 0.4 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 182nd out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M31
  • East Side Omnibus Corporation began operating bus route (M11) on June 26, 1933.
  • Became M31 in July 1974.
  • 4.01 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 77th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M34
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus route (M19 - 16) replaced New York Railways' 34th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on April 1, 1936.
  • Main route renumbered M34 in April 1986; M16 remained as a variant.
  • 2.65 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 104th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M35
  • Originally the TB; became M34 (Randall's and Ward's Islands), M35 (Astoria, Queens), and Bx21 in July 1974; combined as the M35 in the 1980s,
    when M34 was applied to the 34th Street Crosstown.
  • Some M35 trips went to Astoria, Queens until September 10, 1995.[47]
  • 0.83 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 164th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M42
  • Surface Transportation Corporation bus route (M106) replaced Third Avenue Railway's 42nd Street Crosstown Line (Manhattan surface) streetcar on November 17, 1946.
  • Became M42 in April 1986.
  • 3.75 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 79th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M50
  • Originally M3 bus route; Became M27 in July 1974.
  • 1.13 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 154th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M57
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus (20) on March 15, 1937.[48]; Renumbered M28 in July 1974.
  • 2.64 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 105th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M60
  • New route in 1992[49]
  • 5.06 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 48th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M66
  • Comprehensive Omnibus Company began operating bus route (M7) on February 15, 1935.[50]
  • Route M7 became M29 in July 1974 and M66 ca. 1989.
  • 4.23 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 68th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M72 2.05 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 122nd out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M79
  • New York City Department of Plant and Structures began operating bus (M4 - soon became NYCO's 17) on November 30, 1921.
  • Route M17 became M79 ca. 1989.
  • 5.92 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 33rd out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]

Routes M86 to M116

Route History
M86
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus (M5 - 18) replaced New York Railways' 86th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on June 8, 1936.
  • Route M18 became M86 ca. 1989.
  • 8.84 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 17th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M96
  • New York City Department of Plant and Structures began operating bus (M6 - soon became NYCO's 19) on July 1, 1921.
  • Route M19 became M96 ca. 1989.
  • 4.79 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 160th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M98 0.93 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 160th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M100
M101
M102
  • Route M101A was started in the 1960s or 1970s; became M102 in July 1974.
  • Portion south of Cooper Union split off into M103 in 1996.
  • 5.83 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 34th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M103
  • Former southern portion of routes M101 and M102 split off into new route in 1996.
  • 5.09 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 45th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]
M104
M106
M116
  • New York City Omnibus Corporation bus (M20 - 20) replaced New York Railways' 116th Street Crosstown Line streetcar on April 1, 1936.
  • Route M20 became M116 ca. 1989.
  • 2.6 million annual ridership in 2008. Rank 106th out of 194 New York City Transit local bus routes.[45]

Former routes

Except for early Fifth Avenue Coach Company routes, which were approved by the New York Legislature, all routes were assigned a franchise by the city, numbered in order from M1 to at least M47 and M100 to M106. Most companies used these numbers, but the New York Omnibus Corporation gave its routes numbers from 1 to 22, and the Fifth Avenue Coach Company used numbers from 1 to 20. The public designations were not changed to avoid conflicts until July 1974.

Fifth Avenue Coach Company

Designation Route
Public 1974 Current
1[51] M1[52] Fifth Avenue
2[51] M2[52] Fifth and Seventh Avenues
3[51] M3[52] Fifth, St. Nicholas, and Convent Avenues
4[51] M4[52] Fifth Avenue and Fort Washington Avenues
5[51] M5[52] Fifth Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Broadway
6[51] M30[52] M30/M72 72nd Street Crosstown
15[51] M32[52] Q32 Fifth Avenue-Queensboro Bridge-Jackson Heights
16[51] Q89 N/A Elmhurst Crosstown
19[51] M5[52] Fifth Avenue and Riverside Drive
20[51] M28[52] M57 57th Street Crosstown

New York City Omnibus Corporation

Designation Route
Franchise Public 1974 Current
M25[53] 1/2[54] M1[52] Fourth and Madison Avenues
M21[53] 3/4[54] (M101)[52] Lexington and Lenox Avenues
M23[53] 5[54] (M6/M7)[52] Sixth Avenue
M22[53] 6/7[54] M6/M7[52] Broadway and Columbus and Lenox Avenues
M24 8/9[54] (M10)[52] Seventh Avenue
M41[53] 10[54] M10[52] M10/M20 Eighth Avenue and Central Park West
M42[53] 11[54] M11[52] Ninth and Amsterdam Avenues
M2[53] 12[54] M12[52] N/A Spring and Delancey Streets Crosstown
M16[53] 13[54] M13[52] M8 Eighth Street Crosstown
M17[53] 14[54] M14[52] 14th Street Crosstown
M18[53] 15[54] M26[52] M23 23rd Street Crosstown
M19[53] 16[54] M16[52] M16/M34 34th Street Crosstown
M4[53] 17[54] M17[52] M79 79th Street Crosstown
M5[53] 18[54] M18[52] M86 86th Street Crosstown
M6[53] 19[54] M19[52] M96 96th Street Crosstown
M20[53] 20[54] M20[52] M116 116th Street Crosstown
M40[53] 21[54] M21[52] Houston Street and Avenue C Crosstown
M45[53] 22[54] N/A Pitt and Ridge Streets
M62[53] TB[54] M34[52] M35 Manhattan-Wards Island via Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
MQ25[53] TB[54] M35[52] N/A Manhattan-Queens via Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
BxQ19[53] TB[54] Bx21 N/A Bronx-Queens via Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

Other companies

Designation Company Route Notes
Franchise Public 1974 Current
M1[55] M22[52] M22 Comprehensive Madison and Chambers Streets Crosstown
M3[55] M27[52] M50 Comprehensive 49th and 50th Streets Crosstown
M7[55] M29[52] M66 Comprehensive 65th Street Crosstown
M8[55] N/A East Broadway Grand Street Crosstown
M9[55] East Broadway Avenue B
M10 see M40 Hamilton Bus Corporation Houston Street and Avenue C
M11[55] M31[52] East Side York Avenue
M12 N/A East Side 86th Street and York Avenue
M13[54] N/A East Side First Avenue
M14 N/A East Side First and Second Avenues
M15[55][52] East Side First and Second Avenues
M100[51][52] Surface Broadway-Kingsbridge
M101[51][52] Surface Third Avenue-Amsterdam Avenue
M102 N/A Surface 125th Street Crosstown Only operated from June 29 to July 1, 1947
(125th Street is still served by the M60 and Bx15)
M103[51][52] N/A Surface 59th Street Crosstown
M104[51][52] Surface Broadway
M105[51] N/A Surface Tenth Avenue
M106[51][52] M42 Surface 42nd Street Crosstown

Listed below are routes that were renumbered or eliminated in or after 1962.

Route Major streets History
M8 Grand Street and Broome Street
M12 Spring Street, Prince Street, Delancey Street, and Williamsburg Bridge to Williamsburg, Brooklyn
M13 see M8
M14C 14 Street and Avenue C Eliminated in 2002.
M17 see M79
M18 see M86
M19 see M96 and M106
M20 see M116
M26 see M23
M28 see M57
M29 see M66
M32 see Q32
M34 see M35
M41 "Culture Bus Loop I" [56]
M58 57th Street Replaced the M103 on September 1, 1989; merged with the M31 in 1994.
M101A see M102
M103 West End Avenue and 59th Street
M105 Tenth Avenue and Broadway
M106 see M42
M107 see M96 and M106
Grand Street
Shuttle bus
Service between Canal Street and
Grand Street subway stations
  • The shuttle bus service was established during the Manhattan Bridge construction 2001-2004.
  • It was discontinue in 2004 when subway service restored.
 3  train
shuttle bus
Service between 135th Street and
Harlem–148th Street subway stations.
  • The shuttle bus service was established in 1995 and ended in July 2008.
  • Late nights only; replacement for IRT Lenox Avenue Line subway service north of 135th Street.[57]

References

  1. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m001cur.pdf M1 schedule
  2. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m002cur.pdf M2 schedule
  3. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m003cur.pdf M3 schedule
  4. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m004cur.pdf M4 schedule
  5. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m005cur.pdf M5 schedule
  6. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m006cur.pdf M6 schedule
  7. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m007cur.pdf M7 schedule
  8. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m008cur.pdf M8 schedule
  9. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m009cur.pdf M9 schedule
  10. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m010cur.pdf M10 schedule
  11. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m011cur.pdf M11 schedule
  12. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m014cur.pdf M14A schedule
  13. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m014cur.pdf M14D schedule
  14. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m015cur.pdf M15 schedule
  15. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m034cur.pdf M16 schedule
  16. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m018cur.pdf M18 schedule
  17. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m020cur.pdf M20 schedule
  18. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m021cur.pdf M21 schedule
  19. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m022cur.pdf M22 schedule
  20. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m023cur.pdf M23 schedule
  21. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m050cur.pdf M27 schedule
  22. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m030cur.pdf M30 schedule
  23. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m031cur.pdf M31 schedule
  24. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m034cur.pdf M34 schedule
  25. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m035cur.pdf M35 schedule
  26. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m042cur.pdf M42 schedule
  27. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m050cur.pdf M50 schedule
  28. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m057cur.pdf M57 schedule
  29. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m060cur.pdf M60 schedule
  30. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m066cur.pdf M66 schedule
  31. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m072cur.pdf M72 schedule
  32. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m079cur.pdf M79 schedule
  33. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m086cur.pdf M86 schedule
  34. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m096cur.pdf M96 schedule
  35. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m098cur.pdf M98 schedule
  36. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m100cur.pdf M100 schedule
  37. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m101cur.pdf M101 schedule
  38. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m102cur.pdf M102 schedule
  39. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m103cur.pdf M103 schedule
  40. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m104cur.pdf M104 schedule
  41. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m106cur.pdf M106 schedule
  42. ^ http://mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/manh/m116cur.pdf M116 schedule
  43. ^ [1] Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation shuttle bus
  44. ^ http://www.downtownny.com/?sid=19 Downtown Connection bus service
  45. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao MTA New York City Transit data annual ridership in 2008. (access date 10-21-2009)
  46. ^ New York Times, New Bus Service Sunday, January 26, 1951, page 23
  47. ^ New York Times, Coming Transit Reductions: What They Mean for You, August 20, 1995, section 13, page 10
  48. ^ New York Times, Buses to Link 2 Rivers Via 57th St. Monday, March 12, 1937, page 18
  49. ^ New York City Transit - History and Chronology, accessed March 12, 2007
  50. ^ New York Times, Crosstown Buses Start on 65th St., February 16, 1935, page 15
  51. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p New York Times, Listing of Routes Hit by Strike, March 5, 1962, page 47; New York Times, Buses Running, March 23, 1962, page 21
  52. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al MTA Manhattan Bus Map, 1974
  53. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t New York Times, Bus Franchises Vague on Service, March 1, 1962, page 20; New York Times, 5th Ave. Bus Line Sues Quill Union for $37,305,000, March 10, 1962, page 1
  54. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v New York City Omnibus Corporation Motor Coach Routes, ca. 1940
  55. ^ a b c d e f g New York Times, Lines Operating in Manhattan, March 3, 1962, page 24; New York Times, Lines Operating in Manhattan, March 5, 1962, page 47
  56. ^ http://images.nycsubway.org/maps/bus-1974cult1.jpg Former route M41 map and information
  57. ^ http://www.1010wins.com/pages/2665771.php?

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