'Select Bus Service' in Queens Doubles in Price

The planning process has revealed a "select bus service" proposal for Queens to require a lot more time and funding than originally thought.
March 4, 2016, 12pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Mayor Bill de Blasio's plans to build the city's most ambitious fast bus service in southeastern Queens have grown a good deal more expensive than anticipated," reports Dana Rubinstein. "The project once was estimated to cost $200 million but now is expected to cost $400 million," adds Rubinstein.

The jump in price also brought a lengthening timeline, with construction now expected to last until the middle of the next decade.  

Rubinstein describes more of the details of "select bus service," as New York calls its version of bus rapid transit (which "lacks elements (like physically separated bus lanes) that have enabled bus rapid transit programs in other cities to approximate surface-level subway systems"), as well as the intended benefit of the new transit route for the Queens neighborhoods it would serve.

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Published on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Politico New York
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