'You'll get where you're going faster' on new bus route

Brooklyn Currents | 10/09/2013 | 0 comments

From NY1

The B44 is set to become the sixth SBS line in the city next month, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city's Department of Transportation preparing to introduce the speedier service with fewer stops along busy Nostrand and Rogers avenues.

"It will be good for us," said a rider "You'll get where you're going faster."

Crews are preparing for the line's arrival by painting bus-only lanes along the avenues and installing equipment that allows riders to pay fares before boarding buses from any entrance.

However, not everyone's thrilled with the space being carved out for the buses.

"Definitely too narrow," said another rider. "Maybe somewhere in Manhattan where, you know, the streets are a lot wider."

Some are also not thrilled that there will be fewer stops.

"It still isn't good for me,  because I'm the only person that goes to bingo," said a third rider."So it's not going to help me."

Not to worry, though, because local buses will still be running.

Brooklyn is finally catching up to the Bronx, which got the first SBS line in 2008 and had a second route added this summer.

The other Select Bus Service lines in the city have been praised for making buses move a little faster, but the process of getting this particular line off the ground has been anything but fast. The Nostrand/Rogers route was first selected for SBS service in 2008.

Close to 40,000 riders used the B44 on weekdays last year, making it one of the city's busiest bus lines. The DOT and the MTA are applying a formula they say has cut travel times along routes in Manhattan and the Bronx by up to 20 percent.

That's the hope along the 9.3-mile bus route, which stretches from Sheepshead Bay to Williamsburg.


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