List of bus routes in Manhattan


List of bus routes in Manhattan
An M15 SBS bus at James Street

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates a number of bus routes in Manhattan, New York, United States. Many of them are the direct descendants of streetcar lines (see list of streetcar lines in Manhattan).

Contents

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.

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 M2, M7, M14A/D, M15, M23, M42, M60, M79, M86, M96, M101, M102, M103 and, M104 run 24 hours a day. Other bus routes do not operate overnight hours, usually defined as midnight to 5AM. 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
M1
[1]
Local service
Harlem
West 147 Street and
Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
East Village
East 8 Street and 4 Avenue
at Astor Place (  6   <6>  trains)
  • NB: 4 Avenue, Madison Avenue
  • SB: 5 Avenue
  • Weekend service serves only Spanish Harlem and Harlem.
  • No overnight service.
Spanish Harlem
East 106 Street and 5 Avenue
  • NB: Madison Avenue
  • SB: 5 Avenue
Limited-stop service
Harlem
West 147 Street and
Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard

AM

PM
East Village
East 8 Street and 4 Avenue
at Astor Place (  6   <6>  trains)
(See M1 Local service Harlem East Village above)
  • Limited stop service operates AM hours to East Village and PM hours to Harlem only.
M2
[2]
Local service
Washington Heights
West 168 Street and Broadway
at 168th Street ( 1   A   C  trains)
East Village
East 8 Street and Fourth Avenue
at Astor Place ( 4   6   <6>  trains)

Edgecombe Avenue, Adam Clayton Powell
Boulevard, Central Park North, ...

  • NB: 4 Avenue, Madison Avenue
    (towards Central Park North)
  • SB: 5 Avenue
    (from Central Park North)
  • 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 168 Street and Broadway
at 168th Street ( 1   A   C  trains)
East Village
East 8 Street and Fourth Avenue
at Astor Place (  6   <6>  trains)
(See M2 Local routing above)
  • Limited stops runs daily except early
    morning and overnight hours.
M3
[3]
Local
Fort George
West 193rd Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue
East Village
East 8 Street and Fourth Avenue
at Astor Place (  6   <6>  trains)

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

  • NB: 4 Avenue, Madison Avenue
    (towards Central Park North)
  • SB: 5 Avenue
    (from Central Park North)
  • No overnight service.
  • Service after 10:30PM terminates at 125 St/St. Nicholas Avenue.
  • Service rerouted from St.Nicholas Avenue between 155 and 163 Streets in September 2010.
M4
[4]
Local service
Penn Station
West 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue
The Cloisters Museum

Fort Washington Avenue, Broadway,
Cathedral Parkway/Central Park North, ...

  • NB: Madison Avenue
    (towards Central Park North)
  • SB: 5 Avenue
    (from Central Park North)
  • When the Cloisters Museum is closed, buses terminate at the entrance to Fort Tryon Park.
  • No overnight service.
Limited-stop service
Penn Station
West 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue
The Cloisters Museum (See M4 Local routing above)
  • Weekday rush hour limited-stop service.
M5
[5]
Local service
Washington Heights
West 178th Street and Broadway
South Ferry
Whitehall Street and South Street
at South Ferry – Whitehall Street ( 1   R  trains)

Broadway, Riverside Drive, West 72 Street, Central Park South, ...

  • NB: Church Street, 6 Avenue
    (towards Central Park South)
  • SB: 5 Avenue, Broadway
    (from Central Park South)
  • Local buses do not operate while
    limited-stop buses run.
  • Extended to South Ferry in 2010, replacing entire M6 NB route and M6 SB route south of New York University.
  • No overnight service.
Limited-stop service
Washington Heights
West 178th St and Broadway
South Ferry
Whitehall Street and South Street
at South Ferry – Whitehall Street ( 1   R  trains)
(See M5 Local routing above)
  • Weekday limited stop service.
M7
[6]
Local
Harlem
West 147 Street and
Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
Chelsea
14th Street and 6 Avenue
at Sixth Avenue / 14th Street ( L   F   M  trains)

Lenox Avenue, West 116 Street, Manhattan
Avenue, Duke Ellington Boulevard, ...

  • NB: 6 Avenue, Amsterdam Avenue
    (towards Duke Ellington Boulevard)
  • SB: Columbus Avenue, 7 Avenue
    (from Duke Ellington Boulevard)
M8
[7]
Local
West Village
West St and Christopher St
East Village
Avenue D and Tenth St
  • EB: West 10 Street, Saint Marks Place, East 10 Street
  • WB: East 10 Street, East 9 Street, Christopher Street
  • Weekday service only
M9
[8]
Local
City Hall
Park Row and Beekman Street
Kips Bay
East 23 Street and 1 Avenue
at Bellevue Hospital
East Broadway, Essex Street, Avenue C
  • No overnight service.
M10
[9]
Local
Harlem
Fredrick Douglass Boulevard and West 159 Street
Columbus Circle
West 57 Street and 8 Avenue
Central Park West, Fredrick Douglas Boulevard
  • No overnight service.
M11
[10]
Local
West Village
Bethune Street and Hudson Street
at Abingdon Square
Riverbank State Park
  • NB: 10 Avenue/Amsterdam Avenue, West 135 Street, Riverside Drive
  • SB: Riverside Drive, West 135 Street, Amsterdam Avenue, Columbus Avenue/9 Avenue
  • No overnight service.
  • When Riverbank State Park is closed, buses do not serve Riverside Drive.
Harlem
West 133rd St and Broadway
M14A
[11]
Local
Lower East Side
Grand Street and FDR Drive
West Village
Bethune Street and Hudson Street
at Abingdon Square
14 Street, Avenue A/Essex Street, Grand Street
  • A buses terminate at Abingdon Square except late nights.
  • D buses terminate at Chelsea Piers at all times.
  • Trips alternate between both branches at all times.
  • No overnight service to Abingdon Square terminus.
Chelsea Piers
West 18 Street and 11 Avenue
M14D
[11]
Local
Lower East Side
Delancey Street and Columbia Street
14 Street, Avenue D
M15
[12][13]
Local service
East Harlem
East 126th St and Second Av
South Ferry
Whitehall Street and South Street
at South Ferry – Whitehall Street ( 1   N   R  trains)
Water Street, Allen Street, 1 Avenue (NB)/2 Avenue (SB)
Select Bus Service
East Harlem
East 126th St and Second Av
South Ferry
South Ferry – Whitehall Street
( 1   R  trains)
Bus loop
(See M15 Local routing above)
  • No overnight Select Bus service.
  • 15 stops along 1st and 2 Avenues (each way), plus 2 stops in Chinatown and 3 in the Financial District.
M20
[14]
Local
South Ferry
Whitehall Street and South Street
at South Ferry – Whitehall Street ( 1   R  trains)
Lincoln Center
West 63 Street and Broadway
  • NB: South End Avenue, Hudson Street, 8 Avenue
  • SB: 7 Avenue, Varick Street, South End Avenue
  • No overnight service.
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound

Routes M21 to M79

All routes in this section are local service.

Route Terminals Streets traveled Service notes
M21
[15]
West Village
Washington Street and Spring Street
Lower East Side
Grand Street and FDR Drive
Houston St
  • Weekday service only
M22
[16]
Battery Park City
North End St and Vesey St
Lower East Side
Grand St and FDR Drive
  • WB: Madison Street, East Broadway, Worth Street, Lafayette Street, Chambers Street
  • EB: Chambers Street, Frankfort Street, Madison Street
  • No overnight service.
M23
[17]
Chelsea Piers
12 Avenue near West 23 Street
Peter Cooper Village—
Stuyvesant Town

Avenue C and East 20 Street
23 Street
M31
[18]
Clinton
West 54th St and 11th Av
Yorkville
East 92nd St and York Av
57th St and York Av.
  • No overnight service.
M34
[19]
Select Bus Service
Chelsea
12 Avenue and West 34 Street
East Side
FDR Drive and East 34 Street
34 Street
  • No overnight service.
  • Select Bus Service started November 13, 2011.
M34A
[19]
Select Bus Service
Port Authority Bus Terminal
West 42 Street and 9 Avenue
Waterside Plaza
  • WB: 34 Street, 8 Avenue
  • EB: 9 Avenue, 34 Street, 2 Avenue
  • No overnight service.
  • Select Bus Service started November 13, 2011. Known as M16 before then.
M35
[20]
Harlem
East 125 Street and Lexington Avenue
at 125th Street ( 4   5   6   <6>  trains)
Randall's Island and Wards Island Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
  • No overnight service.
M42
[21]
United Nations
1 Avenue and East 42 Street
Circle Line
12 Avenue and Pier 83
42 Street
M50
[22]
East Midtown
East 49 Street and 1 Avenue
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
12 Avenue and Pier 83
  • WB: 49 Street
  • EB: 50 Street
  • No overnight service.
M57
[23]
Upper West Side
West 72 Street and Broadway
at 72nd Street ( 1   2   3  trains)
East Midtown
York Av and East 60 Street
West End Avenue and 57 Street
  • No overnight service.
M60
[24]
Morningside Heights
West 106 Street and Broadway
LaGuardia Airport, Queens
All terminals
Broadway, 125 Street, Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, Astoria Boulevard
M66
[25]
Upper West Side
West 66 Street and West End Avenue
Upper East Side
York Avenue and East 67 Street
  • WB: East 67 Street, 66 Street Transverse, West 66 Street
  • EB: West 65 Street, 66 Street Transverse, East 68 Street
  • No overnight service
M72
[26]
Upper West Side
Freedom Place and West 68 Street
Upper East Side
York Av and East 72 Street
72 Street, 66 Street Transverse
  • No overnight service.
M79
[27]
Upper West Side
Riverside Drive and West 79 Street
Upper East Side
East End Avenue and East 79 Street
79 Street
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound

Routes M86 to M116

Route Terminals Streets traveled Service notes
M86
[28]
Local
Upper West Side
West End Avenue and West 86 Street
Yorkville
East 92 Street and York Avenue
86 Street, York Avenue
M96
[29]
Local
Upper West Side
West End Avenue and West 96 Street
Yorkville
1 Avenue and East 97 Street
96 Street
M98
[30]
Limited-stop service
Upper East Side
East 68 Street and Lexington Avenue
at Hunter College
Washington Heights
West 193 Street and
Fort Washington Avenue
at 190th Street ( A  train)

Fort Washington Avenue, Harlem River Drive, ...

  • NB: Lexington Avenue
    (from Harlem River Drive)
  • SB: 3 Avenue
    (towards Harlem River Drive)
  • Weekday rush hour service only.
M100
[31]
Local
Inwood
West 220 Street and Broadway
East Harlem
East 125 Street and 2 Avenue
Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue, 125 Street
  • No overnight service.
M101
[32]
Local service
Washington Heights
West 193 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
East Village
East 8 Street and 3 Avenue
at Astor Place ( 4   6   <6>  trains)
Amsterdam Avenue, 125 Street...
  • NB: 3 Avenue
    (from 24 to 125 Street)
  • SB: Lexington Avenue
    (from 125 to 24 Street)

3 Avenue

  • Local buses do not operate while
    limited-stop service runs.
Limited-stop service
Washington Heights
West 193 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
East Village
East 8 Street and 3 Avenue
at Astor Place ( 6   <6>  trains)
(See M101 Local routing above)
  • Limited stops runs daily
    except overnights.
M102
[33]
Local
Harlem
West 147th St and
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
East Village
East 8 Street and 3 Avenue
at Astor Place ( 4   6   <6>  trains)
Lenox Avenue, 116 Street
  • NB: 3 Avenue
    (from 24 to 116 Street)
  • SB: Lexington Avenue
    (from 116 to 24 Street)

3 Avenue

M103
[34]
Local
East Harlem
East 125th St and Lexington Av
City Hall
Park Row and Broadway
Bowery, 3 Avenue...
  • NB: 3 Avenue
    (from East 24 Street)
  • SB: Lexington Avenue
    (towards East 24 Street)
M104
[35]
Local
Harlem
West 129th St and Amsterdam Av
Times Square
Times Square - 42nd Street
( 1   2   3   7   <7>   N   Q   R   S  trains)
  • NB: 8 Avenue, Broadway
  • SB: Broadway, 7 Avenue
M106
[36]
Local
East Harlem
East 106 Street and FDR Drive
Upper West Side
West 96 Street and West End Avenue
West 96 Street, Madison Avenue (NB), 5 Avenue (SB), East 106 Street
  • No overnight service.
M116
[37]
Local
East Harlem
East 120 Street and Pleasant Avenue
Upper West Side
West 106 Street and Broadway
Duke Ellington Boulevard, Manhattan Avenue, 116 Street
  • No overnight service.
Notes: NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound; EB: Eastbound; WB: Westbound

New York Waterway

Hudson River

New York Waterway operates shuttle bus routes to/from its West Midtown Ferry Terminal. Service is free.

Peak service
Terminal Streets traveled
Midtown
3 Avenue and 57 Street
57th Street
Midtown
Lexington Avenue and 50 Street
Eastbound: 50 Street
Westbound: 49 Street
Midtown
3 Avenue and 42 Street
42nd Street
Murray Hill
3 Avenue and 34 Street
34th Street
Downtown Loop AM: 23 Street, Broadway, Houston Street, West Street (clockwise)
PM: West Street, Clarkson Street, Sixth Avenue, 23 Street (counterclockwise)
Off-peak service

All routes operate as clockwise loops.

Streets traveled Notes
50 Street, 10 Avenue, 65th Street, Broadway, 42nd Street
  • No Sunday service
44 Street, 8 Avenue, 57 Street, 5 Avenue, 49 Street
50 Street, 6 Avenue, 57 St, 8 Avenue, 49 Street
  • Weekday midday service only
42 Street, 5 Av, 34 Street
23 Street, Varick Street, W Broadway, Murray Street, West Street

East River

A counterclockwise shuttle bus via 34 St, 6 Av, 48 St, and Lexington Av operates during peak hours only to connect with the East River Ferry.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

Roosevelt Island Red bus at the tramway station

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.

Route and fare structure

The one-way cash fare is 25¢, and 10¢ for seniors and disabilities.[38]

MetroCard is not accepted.

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.[39]

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
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating Fifth Avenue Line bus in 1886
  • Madison Avenue Coach Company bus replaced New York and Harlem Railroad's Fourth and Madison Avenues Line streetcar on February 1, 1935.
  • Routes combined as a one-way pair on January 14, 1966.
  • Due to budget crisis, overnight service, weekend service south of 106th Street, and part time South Ferry service were discontinued and service rerouted to match M2 June 27, 2010.[40]
M2
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on February 23, 1901.
  • Northbound buses moved to Madison Avenue on January 14, 1966.
M3
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on February 23, 1901.
  • Northbound buses moved to Madison Avenue on January 14, 1966.
  • Northbound service rerouted away from University Place and 9th Street on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[40]
M4
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on August 5, 1900.
  • Northbound buses moved to Madison Avenue on January 14, 1966.
M5
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus on August 5, 1900.
  • Extended to South Ferry to replace M6 June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[40]
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.
  • Southbound buses rerouted from Broadway and ran on 7 Avenue in 2009.
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.
  • Weekend and overnight service discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[40]
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.
  • Service rerouted to City Hall via Av C to replace M15 and M21 on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[40]
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.
  • Service south of Columbus Circle ended June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis. Extended 2 blocks down in April 2011.[40]
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.
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.[41]
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.
  • Park Row branch eliminated June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[40]
M20
  • Split from M10 in 1999; Original M20 is now M116.
  • Extended to South Ferry to replace M9 on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[40]

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.
  • Extended to FDR Drive and weekend service discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[40]
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.
  • Overnight service discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[40]
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.
M31
  • East Side Omnibus Corporation began operating bus route (M11) on June 26, 1933.
  • Became M31 in July 1974.
M34
M34A
  • 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 renumbered M34A in November 2011.
  • Route converted to a Select Bus Service route in 2011.
M35
  • Originally the TB; became M34 (Randall's and Wards 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.[42]
M42
M50
  • Originally M3 bus route; Became M27 in July 1974.
  • Weekend and overnight service discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[40]
  • Route shortened from 42 Street to 49 Street and weekend service restored in July 2011.
M57
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating bus (20) on March 15, 1937.;[43] Renumbered M28 in July 1974.
M60
  • New route in 1992[44]
M66
  • Comprehensive Omnibus Company began operating bus route (M7) on February 15, 1935.[45]
  • Route M7 became M29 in July 1974 and M66 ca. 1989.
  • Overnight service discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[40]
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.

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.
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.
M98
  • Service south of 68th Street discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis.[40]
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.
M103
  • Former southern portion of routes M101 and M102 split off into new route in 1996.
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.

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[46] M1[47] Fifth Avenue
2[46] M2[47] Fifth and Seventh Avenues
3[46] M3[47] Fifth, St. Nicholas, and Convent Avenues
4[46] M4[47] Fifth Avenue and Fort Washington Avenues
5[46] M5[47] Fifth Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Broadway
6[46] M30[47] M72 72nd Street Crosstown
15[46] M32[47] Q32 Fifth Avenue-Queensboro Bridge-Jackson Heights
16[46] Q89 N/A Elmhurst Crosstown
19[46] M5[47] Fifth Avenue and Riverside Drive
20[46] M28[47] M57 57th Street Crosstown

New York City Omnibus Corporation

Designation Route
Franchise Public 1974 Current
M25[48] 1/2[49] M1[47] Fourth and Madison Avenues
M21[48] 3/4[49] (M101)[47] Lexington and Lenox Avenues
M23[48] 5[49] (M6/M7)[47] Sixth Avenue
M22[48] 6/7[49] M6/M7[47] Broadway and Columbus and Lenox Avenues
M24 8/9[49] (M10)[47] Seventh Avenue
M41[48] 10[49] M10[47] M10/M20 Eighth Avenue and Central Park West
M42[48] 11[49] M11[47] Ninth and Amsterdam Avenues
M2[48] 12[49] M12[47] N/A Spring and Delancey Streets Crosstown
M16[48] 13[49] M13[47] M8 Eighth Street Crosstown
M17[48] 14[49] M14[47] 14th Street Crosstown
M18[48] 15[49] M26[47] M23 23rd Street Crosstown
M19[48] 16[49] M16[47] M16/M34 34th Street Crosstown
M4[48] 17[49] M17[47] M79 79th Street Crosstown
M5[48] 18[49] M18[47] M86 86th Street Crosstown
M6[48] 19[49] M19[47] M96 96th Street Crosstown
M20[48] 20[49] M20[47] M116 116th Street Crosstown
M40[48] 21[49] M21[47] Houston Street and Avenue C Crosstown
M45[48] 22[49] N/A Pitt and Ridge Streets
M62[48] TB[49] M34[47] M35 Manhattan-Wards Island via Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
MQ25[48] TB[49] M35[47] N/A Manhattan-Queens via Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
BxQ19[48] TB[49] Bx21 N/A Bronx-Queens via Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

Other companies

Designation Company Route
Franchise Public 1974 Current
M1[50] M22[47] M22 Comprehensive Madison and Chambers Streets Crosstown
M3[50] M27[47] M50 Comprehensive 49th and 50th Streets Crosstown
M7[50] M29[47] M66 Comprehensive 65th Street Crosstown
M8[50] N/A East Broadway Grand Street Crosstown
M9[50] East Broadway Avenue B
M10 see M40[citation needed] Hamilton Bus Corporation Houston Street and Avenue C
M11[50] M31[47] East Side York Avenue
M12 N/A East Side 86th Street and York Avenue
M13[49] N/A East Side First Avenue
M14 N/A East Side First and Second Avenues
M15[47][50] East Side First and Second Avenues
M100[46][47] Surface Broadway-Kingsbridge
M101[46][47] Surface Third Avenue-Amsterdam Avenue
M102 N/A Surface 125th Street Crosstown
M103[46][47] N/A Surface 59th Street Crosstown
M104[46][47] Surface Broadway
M105[46] N/A Surface Tenth Avenue
M106[46][47] M42 Surface 42nd Street Crosstown

M102 only operated from June 29 to July 1, 1947.

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

Route Major streets History
M6 Broadway and 6 Avenue Merged into M5 on June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[40]
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.
M16 34th Street Renumbered M34A when Select Bus Service on the M34 began in November 2011
M17 see M79
M18
(first use)
see M86
M18
(second use)
Convent Avenue Former Convent Avenue branch of M3. Truncated to Harlem in 1995. Discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[40]
M19 see M96 and M106
M20 see M116
M26 see M23
M27
49/50 Streets Discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[40]
M28 see M57
M29 see M66
M30
East 72 Street, 57 Street
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company began operating buses in 1900 as Route 6.
  • Discontinued June 27, 2010 due to budget crisis[40]
M32 see Q32
M34 see M35
M41 "Culture Bus Loop I" [51]
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
  • Operated when the Sixth Avenue tracks of the Manhattan Bridge were closed from 2001 to 2004
  • Used to provide customers at Grand Street access to Brooklyn
 3  train
shuttle bus
Service between 135th Street and
Harlem – 148th Street

Operated late nights only as a replacement for IRT Lenox Avenue Line subway service from 1995 to July 2008.[52]

References

  1. ^ M1 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  2. ^ M2 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  3. ^ M3 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  4. ^ M4 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  5. ^ M5 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  6. ^ M7 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  7. ^ M8 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  8. ^ M9 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  9. ^ M10 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  10. ^ M11 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  11. ^ a b M14A/D bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  12. ^ M15 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  13. ^ M15 SBS bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  14. ^ M20 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  15. ^ M21 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  16. ^ M22 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  17. ^ M23 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  18. ^ M31 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  19. ^ a b M34/M34A SBS bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  20. ^ M35 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  21. ^ M42 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  22. ^ M50 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  23. ^ M57 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  24. ^ M60 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  25. ^ M66 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  26. ^ M72 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  27. ^ M79 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  28. ^ M86 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  29. ^ M96 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  30. ^ M98 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  31. ^ M100 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  32. ^ M101 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  33. ^ M102 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  34. ^ M103 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  35. ^ M104 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  36. ^ M106 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  37. ^ M116 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  38. ^ Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Red Bus
  39. ^ http://www.downtownny.com/?sid=19 Downtown Connection bus service
  40. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s 2010 budget crisis information, archived 2011-02-25
  41. ^ New York Times, New Bus Service Sunday, January 26, 1951, page 23
  42. ^ New York Times, Coming Transit Reductions: What They Mean for You, August 20, 1995, section 13, page 10
  43. ^ New York Times, Buses to Link 2 Rivers Via 57th St. Monday, March 12, 1937, page 18
  44. ^ New York City Transit - History and Chronology, accessed March 12, 2007
  45. ^ New York Times, Crosstown Buses Start on 65th St., February 16, 1935, page 15
  46. ^ 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
  47. ^ 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
  48. ^ 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
  49. ^ 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
  50. ^ 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
  51. ^ http://images.nycsubway.org/maps/bus-1974cult1.jpg Former route M41 map and information
  52. ^ http://www.1010wins.com/pages/2665771.php?

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