The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) provides extensive local, limited, SBS (Select Bus Service) and express bus service in the five boroughs. There are about 240 local bus routes in New York City; 20 of them run in Staten Island. There are also 64 express bus routes. All MTA buses allow you to pay the fare using a MetroCard as well as coins.
- Local buses stop at every bus stop (marked by a “lollipop” bus stop pole).
- Limited stop buses skip some stops in order to provide faster rush hour service.
- Select Bus Service is a high-quality bus service with multiple features for improving your commute, such as wider-spaced stops, special exclusive bus lanes, and (in some cases) off-board fare collection.
- Express buses are premium-fare buses intended to quickly and comfortably bring commuters to and from work in Manhattan via the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes in Brooklyn or New Jersey. Most of them operate at rush hours only.
Many local Staten Island buses terminate at the Staten Island Ferry terminal in St. George. Two bus routes connect with Brooklyn (S79 as Select Bus Service; S53) and one connects with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail in Bayonne, NJ (S89; rush hours only). Some variants of the local routes have limited stop versions at rush hours. Not all buses operate 24 hours, and frequency of service varies.
Buses connecting with the Staten Island Ferry are timed to meet every ferry boat and generally run 24 hours, 7 days a week. The X1 express bus (Hylan Blvd) to Manhattan also operates around the clock.
In all boroughs, buses provide neighborhood-by-neighborhood coverage so that any destination is no more than a 10-15 minute walk from the closest bus stop.