The MTA's Select Bus Service is not all it is supposed to be. Many other states in the United States have received gold or silver awards for their Bus Rapid Transit programs but New York did not come close. This is because Select Bus Service is not truly a such a system and does not have two dedicated lanes, but specially marked single lanes each direction near the sidewalk where the bus stops are located often wrongly interfered by other vehicles crossing into the lane. True Bus Rapid Transit systems are built on totally private right of ways similar to used by railroads and light rail. Pittsburgh's PAT and Boston's MBTA operate such systems and soon Connecticut Fastrak will be operating a 9.4 mile long Bus-Way between New Britain-Newington and Hartford with connection to Amtrak Springfield Line to New Haven.
-Jerome A. Rosenfeld-