NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Public transportation will soon be more convenient for thousands of bus riders in Washington Heights.

New York City’s Department of Transportation launched the 181st Street busway Monday.

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The half mile busway will be limited to buses, trucks and emergency vehicles between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue traveling eastbound, and Amsterdam Avenue to Wadsworth Avenue westbound.

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The DOT says 181st Street is one of the busiest and most congested corridors in Manhattan.

Vanessa Murdock