Select buses running along 34th street at the corner of...

Select buses running along 34th street at the corner of 6th Avenue. (Linda Rosier/amNY) Credit: Select buses running along 34th street at the corner of 6th Avenue. (Linda Rosier/amNY)

The city is hoping to ease the infamously difficult trek to LaGuardia Airport by adding new three Select Bus Service routes to the airport, officials said Thursday.

The city, MTA and Department of Transportation outlined three new potential routes, all of which would run with the limited-stop and quick-ticket system the current four SBS routes use.

The first would run across Manhattan at 125th Street along the same route as the M60 but with fewer stops. Officials said it could shave up to nine minutes of the current travel time from upper Manhattan.

The second line would run from Webster Avenue in the Bronx and down the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge to the airport, cutting an estimated 40 minutes from travel time.

The final line would be a straight shot from Woodside to LaGuardia along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, saving about 15 minutes.

All lines could still possibly change, and will likely go to the MTA board over the next few months. The Manhattan and Bronx routes will likely open next year, and the Queens route will follow in 2014.

"The MTA is always working to make it easier to get around, and faster rides to LaGuardia will be a huge benefit for our customers," MTA chief Joseph Lhota said. "Select Bus Service to the airport will make LaGuardia more convenient for travelers as well as airport workers, and that means a boost for the entire New York economy."

Introduced in 2008, SBS aims to cut down travel time by requiring riders to buy tickets before boarding, making fewer stops and traveling in bus-only lanes.

Drivers can also trigger extended green lights at some intersections.

Four SBS routes are in use, including along First and Second avenues, servicing some 100,000 commuters daily, according to the MTA.

Drivers can also trigger extended green lights at some intersections.

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