Restored MTA Bus Routes to Hit the Streets Sunday
NEW YORK CITY — More than a dozen resurrected MTA bus lines are set to return to their routes beginning Sunday.
The first round of additions and extensions, which will reverse many of the painful 2010 transportation cuts, will include restored service on the B39 between Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, an extension of the B57 from Carroll Gardens to the Red Hook Ikea and a new Q30 branch to Queensborough Community College.
A second round of restorations — including weekend service on the S76 on Staten Island and new overnight express bus service from Eltingville in The Bronx to Manhattan via Hylan Boulevard — will kick in two weeks later, on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The $17.8 million in restorations, which were approved by the MTA last July, are expected to benefit about 50,000 riders, according to the MTA.
"We are here to provide mass transit service and that we are able to restore some earlier service cuts while at the same time extending service along several routes is great news for us to share," New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast said in a statement.
Later this year, the MTA will also be rolling out several new routes in hot Brooklyn neighborhoods, including new service connecting Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill and the Brooklyn Navy Yard and a bus connecting Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Long Island City.
The restorations set to begin on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013:
Bx13 New extension from East 161st Street to Bronx Terminal Market (149th Street and River Avenue)
Bx34 Restored daytime weekend service
B4 Restored full-time service to Knapp Street/Voorhies Avenue via Neptune Avenue, Sheepshead Bay Road, Emmons Avenue/Shore Parkway
B24 Restored weekend service
B39 Restore daytime service between Williamsburg and Manhattan’s Lower East Side
B48 Restored extension from Atlantic Avenue to Prospect Park (B/Q) Station
B57 Extended route from Carroll Gardens to Red Hook (Ikea) via Court Street, Lorraine Street and Otsego Street
B64 Restored extension from Cropsey Avenue to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue (D/F/N/Q) Station via Harway Avenue
B69 Restored weekend service
M1 Restored weekend service from 106th Street to Eighth Street
M9 Extended north terminal from 23rd Street to 29th Street via First and Second avenues and extended south terminal from City Hall to Battery Park City via Warren Street/Murray Street and West Street
M21 Restored weekend service
Q24 Restored extension from Broadway Junction to Bushwick Avenue via Broadway
Q27 New overnight service from Horace Harding Expressway to Cambria Heights via Springfield Boulevard
Q30* New branch to Queensborough Community College
Q36 Extended alternate trips from Jamaica Avenue to Little Neck via Little Neck Parkway (restores weekday service along route of previous Q79 bus)
Q42* Restored midday service from Jamaica Center to St. Albans via Archer Avenue
The restorations beginning on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013:
S76 Restored weekend service
S93* Extended route from the entrance to College of Staten Island into campus area
X1 New overnight express bus service from Eltingville to Manhattan via Hylan Boulevard
X17 Extended route to Tottenville mid-days
*The Q30 and Q42 are weekday only, so they are being introduced on Monday, Jan. 7. The S93 is also weekday only, so it will be introduced on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Several new routes are also set to begin running later this year:
- New route, Bx46, which will operate between the South Bronx and western Hunts Point, will begin running in April 2013
- New service connecting Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill and the Brooklyn Navy Yard
- New Williamsburg-Greenpoint-Long Island City service
- New service between East New York (New Lots Avenue 3 Station) and Spring Creek
- New north-south far West Side Manhattan route to serve the West Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.
- Select Bus Service on the Bx41 route along Webster Avenue