Eyes on the Street: Fulton Street Gets Its New Bus Lanes

Council Member Laurie Cumbo tried and failed to get DOT to scale back the project.

New bus lanes are in place, but not yet in effect, on Fulton Street. Photo: Jon Orcutt
New bus lanes are in place, but not yet in effect, on Fulton Street. Photo: Jon Orcutt

Faster trips are on the way for riders of the B25 and B26 on Fulton Street. DOT has striped bus lanes between Grand Avenue and Fort Greene Place.

Bus riders make nearly 20,000 trips each day on the B25 and B26. At peak hours, however, traffic slows buses down to about 7 mph, according to DOT. These new bus lanes, which are in effect westbound from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and eastbound from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, should change that.

The bus lanes are not being enforced yet, according to TransitCenter’s Jon Orcutt, who sent in these photos.

The fact that the bus lanes have been painted means the city didn’t back down to pressure from Council Member Laurie Cumbo and some Fulton Street merchants. More than two-thirds of households in this City Council district don’t own cars, but Cumbo had pushed DOT to scale back the bus lane hours.

While that effort didn’t succeed, DOT had already cut the hours nearly in half at the behest of Fulton Street merchants. As a result, the bus lanes won’t be painted red. Agency guidelines call for the more visible terra cotta treatment for bus lanes that are in effect at least six hours a day, said Orcutt, and these lanes don’t make the cut.

The city's plan to extend bus lanes on Fulton Street. Image: DOT
The city’s plan to extend bus lanes on Fulton Street. Image: DOT


  • JarekFA

    So they didn’t want them painted red? WTF — these will be filled with illegally parked cars all the time and all day. I can’t call this a win ever if we know that the NYPD will illegally park in them all day.

  • AnoNYC

    Mind boggling.

  • NYCBK123

    I live in the district and am one of those non-car owning people. I’m happy these lanes have been installed and hope they’re enforced. I know the businesses will see that their fears are unfounded.

  • BortLicensePlatez

    Laurie Cumbo has always been shit and I am equally happy she has failed in her efforts here to the substance of the efforts themselves.

  • AMH

    yes, but I think the biggest hurdle is bringing the lanes into existence. I predict that there will quickly be a push to expand the hours and improve enforcement, particularly if the Bus Action Plan provides a way for passengers to be heard.


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