12/11/12

Select Bus Service Expands into Brooklyn

The city Department of Transportation has received a $28 million award from the Federal Transit Administration to establish a Select Bus Service route along the B44 line on Nostrand/Rogers Avenue -- a 9.3-mile swath through some of Brooklyn's most densely-populated neighborhoods.

Service is expected to begin in fall 2013.

The B44 is one of the city's 10 busiest bus lines.  It is also one of the city's slowest buses, averaging under 7 miles an hour.

Completing the B44 SBS project, funded with federal, state and MTA dollars, will bring 10 miles of new bus lanes, newly-paved streets, a dozen bus bulbs, reconstruction of Williamsburg Bridge Plaza, a fleet of new three-door, low-floor articulated buses, and off-board fare collection machines.

The Nostrand-Rogers Avenue BRT will not only offer a rapid, reliable commute, but boost local business by increasing foot traffic in neighborhoods along the line, which serves more than 40,000 Brooklyn residents on an average weekday and links neighborhoods from Williamsburg to Sheepshead Bay.

The City's four existing SBS routes now serve about 100,000 riders a day. Last month, the city and the MTA announced plans to install new SBS routes in the Bronx and Manhattan and to LaGuardia Airport in Queens, beginning in 2013-2014.

Bus speeds have improved by as much as 20% and passenger satisfaction to as much as 98% along the three original SBS lines – Fordham Road in the Bronx (2008), First and Second Avenues in Manhattan (2010) and 34th Street (2011).

This September, the city and MTA launched a new SBS route along Staten Island's Hylan Boulevard.

The press release from NYC.Gov.

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