The city is teaming with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort to link more of Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx with LaGuardia Airport.
Mayor Bloomberg and city Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced the initiative on Oct. 11, along with Joseph Lhota, chairman and CEO of the MTA.
Three tentatively identified routes would aim for faster crosstown traffic on the M60 route along 125th Street in Manhattan; along Webster Avenue in the Bronx; and through Jackson Heights and Woodside.
A statement issued by Bloomberg’s office said the idea is to better connect LaGuardia with adjacent subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North.
“Select Bus Service improves travel times, enhances safety and increases ridership wherever we have installed it,” Bloomberg said. “This [service] to LaGuardia will not only cut travel time for people flying in and out of New York, but it will also benefit New Yorkers who commute to work at the airport every day from Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx.”
Sadik-Khan said it also will have the effect of improving local bus service along the final routes.
The city will set up a community advisory board to help design the new service routes and stops. The intention is to have the routes in service some time in 2013.
In Queens the intent is to add bus service in Woodside and Jackson Heights that would head to LaGuardia along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, thereby linking the airport with five subway lines and the LIRR.
In the Bronx, some runs of the existing Webster Avenue Select Bus Service would extend over the Robert F. Kennedy-Triborough Bridge to LaGuardia.
The proposed M60 upgrades would link the airport with 12 subway lines and Metro-North.
Officials project the changes could cut more than 10 minutes of travel time between parts of Queens and Manhattan, and as much as 40 minutes from the Bronx.