During the lonely days in Downtown Manhattan, just as we were starting to come back from the attacks of September 11th 2001, a free bus route was established to connect those who lived and worked here with necessities (groceries, laundry, etc.) as well as with the rest of the city. The value of these Downtown Connection buses was evident as Lower Manhattan rebounded and thus, the shuttle has lived on, connecting South Street Seaport with Battery Park City, making stops at important destinations from river to river.

Recently, new life has been infused into the Downtown Connection with a new fleet of vehicles and a brilliant use of technology to enhance the ride experience for locals and visitors alike.

Part of the upgrade is a service called NextBus, which builds on the bus tracking system through onboard GPS. This feature provides information about bus location through scheduled alerts on your computer via a mobile website, text messaging or touch-tone landline or cellular phone. As an added value, activated signs at stops along the route constantly update with the estimated time of the next shuttle’s arrival.

Recently, the available technology has even evolved a step further, using your location-enabled smartphone to allow the mobile version of the NextBus website to tell you when the shuttle will be arriving at the stop closest to your current location.

Instant Access:

Everything you need to know about viewing the Downtown Connection information is available on the NextBus website, nextbus.com, under the “Find Your NextBus” tab.


-Michael Kaufman