RED HOOK — A small change in bus routes through Red Hook this month will cut down travel time for commuters.
The eastbound B57 and southbound B61 buses – both of which service Red Hook – will be rerouted to Mill Street beginning Jan. 26, according to the neighborhood’s community board and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The change will make the service “faster, more reliable, and more direct,” an MTA spokesman said in an email.
Both buses currently travel an additional four blocks in order to cross Hamilton Avenue. By extending the Mill Street intersection across Hamilton Avenue and reversing the traffic flow on a portion of Garnet Street between Court Street and Hamilton Avenue, the Department of Transportation has created a more efficient route for buses, according to Community Board 6.
An estimated two minutes and 25 seconds will be saved during morning peak hours and about 49 seconds in the evenings.
The buses will continue to use their existing routes through Lorraine, Clinton, Mill, Garnet and Smith Streets.