SUNNYSIDE — The B24 bus will start running on weekends again starting this Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, according to an announcement from Queens state Sen. Michael Gianaris.
The B24, which runs through Greenpoint, Sunnyside and Williamsburg, had its weekend service cut in 2010 during a round of massive service reductions by the MTA. Its restoration was first announced in July, and Gianaris said he was told by the MTA recently that the bus would run again on weekends start Sunday, Jan. 6.
The B24 runs along busy Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside before heading down 48th Street and back into Brooklyn.
“The restored weekend service on the B24 line is a good start to the new year as Sunnyside commuters will be able to travel more easily throughout their neighborhood,” Gianaris said in a statement.
Dozens of bus routes across the city had service slashed in June of 2010, as the MTA struggled to plug a huge budget gap. But much of that service was re-funded and several new Brooklyn bus lines were added this summer as part of a $29.5 million restoration effort by the agency.
Some commuters in Western Queens are facing an inconvenient winter transit-wise, as weekend service on the 7 train between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square is shut down until the end of March for track work.
But another neighborhood bus route, the Q103, had its weekday service expanded this fall. The bus runs along the Queens waterfront on Vernon Boulevard, between Hunters Point and Astoria, from 6:10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week.
Gianaris said he's also petitioning the MTA to expand Q103 service to nights and weekends.