1/4/13

Brooklyn Bus Routes Resumed

DNA Info reports that on Sunday, January 6, more than a dozen discontinued MTA bus routes will be resumed or extended.

The first round of restorations and extensions will see the return of the B39 between Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, an extended B57 route connecting Carroll Gardens and the Red Hook Ikea, and a new Q30 branch ending at Queensborough Community College.

Also included in the Sunday, Jan. 6 restorations:
  • B4 Full-time service to Knapp Street/Voorhies Avenue via Neptune Avenue, Sheepshead Bay Road, Emmons Avenue/Shore Parkway;
  • B48 Atlantic Avenue to Prospect Park (B/Q) Station;
  • B64 Cropsey Avenue to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue (D/F/N/Q) Station via Harway Avenue;
  • Q24 Broadway Junction to Bushwick Avenue via Broadway.
The second round of restorations, on Sunday, Jan. 20, will include:
  • S93 Service from entrance of College of Staten Island into campus;
  • X1 Overnight express bus service from Eltingville to Manhattan via Hylan Boulevard;
  • X17  Extended midday route to Tottenville.
New Brooklyn bus routes to be introduced later this year include:
  • Service between Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill and the Brooklyn Navy Yard;
  • Service between Williamsburg-Greenpoint-Long Island City;
  • Service between East New York (New Lots Avenue 3 Station) and Spring Creek.
According to the MTA, about 50,000 riders will benefit from the restorations/extensions.

In a statement issued today, local Council Member Vinnie Gentile lamented the fact that the MTA's first round of restorations, while they reverse many painful 2010 service cuts, leave the neighborhood's beloved B37, a "vital connection" between Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Lutheran Hospital and Downtown Brooklyn, in limbo.

The B70 is just a band-aid, Gentile said.

Gentile's office has worked out a deal with the MTA and the NYC Dept of Transportation's Bus Stop Management Unit making x27/x37 bus stops open to residential parking when buses are not running. The changes will take effect over the next two weeks.

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