MTA Restores Some Cuts, Adds Bus Routes
Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 01:47 PM
The MTA is expanding service on nearly 40 bus, train and commuter rail lines in part as a reversal of cuts it made to close a budget deficit in 2010, its chairman said Thursday.
The agency will restore service on one bus line – the B39 that runs from Williamsburg to Lower East Side – and add five new routes, extend 13 exiting bus routes and add midday, night or weekend service on 11 routes.
It will also make the G line extension to Church Avenue permanent.
The increased service will cost $29 million annually once it’s up and running. The agency cut $93 million during the 2010 budget crisis.
In all, the service enhancements add new routes to rapidly growing neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Dumbo and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The West Side in Manhattan, the South Bronx and East New York in Brooklyn will also get new routes.
In addition, Metro-North Railroad will enhance service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven with increased half-hourly frequency. West of the Hudson, a new round-trip peak train will be added on the Pascack Line.
The Long Island Rail Road will provide increased service from Ronkonkoma every 30 minutes on weekdays after the morning rush and during some weekend periods. Extra trains will accommodate increased rider demand on the Long Beach, Port Jefferson and Montauk branches. Trains from Atlantic Terminal will also be extended until 2 a.m.
Brooklyn is getting two new bus routes — including one along the fast-growing Williamsburg waterfront and another connecting Dumbo, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, home to Steiner movie studio
Services will be also restored on the following routes:
B39 will go back over Williamsburg Bridge.
B57 extended into Red Hook
M9 in Manhattan will go down to Battery Park City.
Weekend service will be restored on the following routes:
M21 (Houston Street)
B24 in Williamsburg / Greenpoint
B69 between Kensington to Downtown Brooklyn
Squadron and other stakeholders will lead the planning effort for the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. The Williamsburg route will be designed in consultation with the community and is set to begin in the middle of 2013.