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Staten Island North Shore Bus Rapid Transit

Projects on pause

COVID-19 has slowed progress on this and other planning studies. We continue to move projects forward internally, however, and will be evaluating this project along with other regional transit proposals for possible inclusion in MTA’s next Capital Plan.

We are developing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that will operate between West Shore Plaza and the St. George Terminal. The new BRT system will provide faster, more reliable travel along Staten Island’s North and West Shores. We are currently in the environmental review process. This will include a comprehensive public outreach program. The environmental review process will result in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Environmental impact statement

MTA NYCT is overseeing the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Staten Island North Shore BRT environmental process in accordance with New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The Draft EIS should be published and available to the public in Fall 2020. Find out more about the Environmental Impact Statement.

Reactivating the North Shore right-of-way

The North Shore right-of-way (ROW) operated passenger rail service between 1886 and 1953. The North Shore BRT will reactivate the ROW as a transportation corridor.  The North Shore BRT will follow a similar route as the old rail service, running from St. George to Arlington, and like the old passenger rail it will stop at a Mariners Harbor station.  The pictures below depict the Staten Island Railway Mariners Harbor station in 1937, the remains of that station in the present-day, and a conceptual rendering of what the North Shore BRT Mariners Harbor Station may look like.


View of the Staten Island Railroad Mariners Harbor station in 1937
Mariners Harbor Station, 1937
Photo of the derelict Staten Island Railroad Mariners Harbor station taken in 2018.
Mariners Harbor Station, 2018
Digital rendering of the North Shore BRT Mariners Harbor Station
Mariners Harbor Station Rendering

Public engagement

Check here for upcoming public meetings, hearings, and other ways to learn about the project and stay engaged. Materials and information from previous public events are available below.

Previous public events

Public scoping meeting on October 17, 2019

This meeting gave members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the environmental review process.  It was also an opportunity for individuals to submit their comments on the Draft Scoping Document.

  • View our scoping meeting presentation
  • Public comments on the Draft Scoping Document were accepted over the course of a 60-day comment period, from September 18 through November 18, 2019.”

Community outreach and agency coordination

Throughout the project, NYCT will be coordinating with many agencies, elected officials, and civic groups. 

Public Advisory Committee

A Pubic Advisory Committee (PAC) has been established as a collaboration among the MTA NYCT, local elected officials, Community Boards, organizations, and civic groups interested in transit improvements for Staten Island’s North Shore. Meeting at key milestones throughout the project, the PAC provides feedback to the Staten Island North Shore BRT EIS study team.


Interagency Advisory Committee

The Interagency Advisory Committee (IAAC) has been established to provide a forum for dialogue and coordination with other agencies. The IAAC includes federal, state, and local agencies, which may have a coordinating or regulatory interest in the project.


We periodically send out newsletters to provide project updates, context, and anecdotes to anyone who wants to keep up with the project. The newsletter is a great way to keep up with the environmental review process and receive information about any upcoming events.

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Alternatives analysis

Staten Island North Shore Alternatives Analysis

In 2012, we prepared The Staten Island North Shore Alternatives Analysis (SINSAA) to study public transit alternatives for the North Shore. The SINSAA considered three types of transit—bus, train, and ferry. After extensive community outreach and analysis, we selected BRT as the best alternative to meet community needs.

The Staten Island North Shore Alternatives Analysis Supplement

In 2019, we completed the SINSAA Supplement to consider recent changes in St. George. The supplement reconfirmed BRT remains the best transit alternative. Study of the BRT is now advancing through an environmental review process.