'Super Express Bus' Would Whisk Staten Island Commuters to 42nd St.
ELTINGVILLE — A "Super Express Bus" that would provide a high speed commute from Eltingville to Midtown is being proposed.
The MTA is planning to bring the new X21 route to Richmond Road. It would travel through New Jersey and make several stops along 42nd Street until 1st Avenue.
The bus will be an off-shoot of the first super bus, the X22A, which Councilman Vincent Ignizio said has been popular among commuters.
"As the popularity of the X22A has proven, the Super Express bus provides South Shore residents with a fast, efficient and comfortable ride to Manhattan, helping to make one of the most difficult commutes in the country a little easier," Ignizio said in a statement.
The planned bus will run only during morning and evening rush hours. Borough President James Oddo said it will help shave off time on the commute.
"South Shore residents continue to have some of the worst commute times in the nation," Oddo said in a statement.
"They need more options that are quicker and more efficient. The X21 will provide an additional, quicker choice for commuters to Midtown. As we all know, the trip from the South Shore to Midtown can be a never-ending experience on current bus routes."
The route needs approval from the public and the MTA board before it's introduced, and will go in front of Community Board 3's Traffic and Transit Committee on April 2.
If approved, the bus will start picking up passengers in late August or early September, Ignizio said.