S.I. SBS Riders To Get Extra Free Transfer

This past May, MTA NYC Transit announced that its popular Select Bus Service would be making its Staten Island debut in September on the S79.

To make the service even more useful for riders, the agency has announced that riders will get an extra free transfer. Ken Paulsen of the Staten Island Advance has more:

When Select Bus Service comes to the borough Sept. 2, riders along the line will benefit from an extra free transfer designed to ensure they can take advantage of the service.

The MTA confirmed the MetroCard plan Wednesday to the Advance.

Service will be increased on the S78 (Hylan Boulevard) and the S59 (Richmond Avenue) bus lines to fill in the gaps. Those riders have the option of transferring at a Select Bus Service stop.

Here’s an example of how the extra free transfer works, for a rider headed to Brooklyn on the S79 Select Bus Service route.

The rider lives closest to an S78 bus stop on Hylan Boulevard, takes that bus to the nearest S79 stop, and uses a MetroCard transfer to board the S79. The rider then takes the S79 to Bay Ridge. At that point, the rider may use a second free MetroCard transfer to ride the R subway line, or the B1, B16, B63 or B70 bus in Brooklyn.

Going home, the same transfer plan is in effect in the opposite direction. The extra transfer also applies to riders of the S59 bus who transfer to the S79 on Richmond Avenue.

Click here for the complete report.

Hopefully Select Bus Service will take off in Staten Island like it has in other boroughs. I recently noted on Twitter (follow @TransitBlogger today!) that I was impressed by the service after using it for the first time ever when I rode the M15 from the Lower East Side to Midtown one Sunday morning.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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