Pratt Center & Rockefeller Foundation Report

Published jointly by the Pratt Center and the Rockefeller Foundation, Mobility and Equity for New York’s Transit-Starved Neighborhoods: The Case for Full-Featured Bus Rapid Transit explores the issue of transportation inequality in New York City, brought on by demographic and economic changes. The report explains that too many New Yorkers, particularly outer borough residents, are cut off from access to jobs, education, and health care because they live in areas with limited and unreliable public transportation. The City also does not have the resources and time to invest in new subway lines that take decades to build. Although Select Bus Service is already speeding up trips on the seven routes implemented to date, outer borough neighborhoods not served by the subway system need full-featured BRT.

The report identified three corridors where improved mass transit options are particularly needed, and where implementing BRT is most feasible. These priority corridors are Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards, Bush Terminal/JFK, and Staten Island’s North Shore. Implementing BRT on these corridors will provide millions of New Yorkers with predictable and reliable public transportation.