Commutes for 42,000 bus riders would speed up with the rolling out of Select Bus Service along the Q44 route, which links Jamaica, Flushing and the Bronx.
The service would include improved bus stations, seats and real-time information on arrivals, as well as fare collection before boarding, according to the Department of Transportation.
It would also add bus lanes in downtown Jamaica and Flushing. The lanes, however, would not be implemented in the neighborhoods along the rest of the Select Bus Service route after locals opposed them, officials said.
The bus lanes are proposed for portions of the 14-mile Q44 bus route which serves about 42,000 riders on a daily basis. The new lanes will be installed on Main Street between Northern Boulevard and Reeves Avenue in Flushing and on Sutphin Boulevard, Archer Avenue and Hillside Avenue in downtown Jamaica, according to the DOT.
The bus lane design and hours are still being developed, the agency said.
In some of those areas, parking in the bus lanes would be allowed during off-peak hours, the agency said.