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Brooklyn Local Bus

Restructure Local Bus Routes to Discontinue Underutilized or Duplicative Segments

  • Restructure bus service in Brownstone Brooklyn (affects the B37, B57, B61, B67, B69, B71, B75, and B77 routes)
  • Restructure bus service in Bay Ridge (affects the B1, B8, B37, B64, and B70 routes)
  • Discontinue B3 service south of Avenue U/71st Street
  • Reroute B4 service between Ocean Pkwy and the Sheepshead Bay subway station via Avenue Z
  • Discontinue B12 service east of Alabama Avenue
  • Discontinue B13 service north of Wyckoff/DeKalb Avenues – Wyckoff Heights Hospital
  • Discontinue B48 service south of Fulton Street
  • Discontinue B64 service south of 25th Avenue
  • Discontinue Q24 service west of Broadway Junction station

Discontinue Service on Low-Performing Local Bus Routes
There are three routes proposed for complete discontinuation and two routes proposed for weekend discontinuation.

  • Discontinue weekend B2 service
  • Discontinue all B23 service
  • Discontinue weekend B24 service
  • Discontinue all B39 service
  • Discontinue all B51 service

Note that weekend B69 and all B71, B75, and B77 service would be discontinued as part of the Brownstone Brooklyn restructuring (the B75 and B77 would be replaced by other services). The B37, which serves 3rd Avenue, would be discontinued as part of the Bay Ridge restructuring, discussed above.

Reduce Spans of Service on Local Bus Routes
This proposal reduces service at the start or end of service (on non-24 hour routes), or discontinues service on 24-hour routes during overnight hours, during periods of extremely low ridership.

  • Discontinue overnight bus service on the B7, B31, B45, B57, B64, B65, and B67
  • Start weekday service later on the B16 and B24; end weekday service earlier on the B2, B9, B11, B13, and B16; end Saturday service earlier on the B9; and end Sunday service earlier on the B9 and B16

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Restructure Bus Service in Brownstone Brooklyn

Description of Action:
Restructure bus service in Brownstone Brooklyn as follows:

  • Combine the B61 and B77 into a single route from Downtown Brooklyn to Windsor Terrace via Red Hook.
  • Replace the segment of the B75 between Downtown Brooklyn and Smith-9th Streets station with an extension of the B57 (all times except overnights); replace the segment of the B75 between the Smith-9th Streets station and 20th Street/Prospect Park West with the combined B61/B77 described above (all times).
  • Reroute the B69 south of Flatbush Avenue from 8th Avenue/Prospect Park West to 7th Avenue, following the B67 route path to Cortelyou Road. Reduce the frequency of B67 and B69 service such that with both routes on 7th Avenue, customer traveling to the 7th Avenue B Line Icon Q Line Icon station would see a similar number of buses as they do today. Reduce the hours of weekday B69 service and discontinue weekend B69 service.
  • Discontinue all B71 service.

Note that the B37 would also be discontinued as part of the Bay Ridge restructuring, discussed separately.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Kensington, Park Slope, Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, Downtown Brooklyn (see attached maps).

Customer Impact:
Most customers will be able to make their existing trips, as this proposal maintains network coverage along key corridors. Major impacts are as follows:

  • B75: Approximately 550 weekday and 550 weekend customers who travel on the B75 past the Smith-9th Streets station would be required to transfer to complete their trip, or they could take the F Line Icon or G Line Icon.
  • B69: Approximately 1,200 weekday customers along 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West would have to walk up to two additional blocks. Weekend customers would be required to take one of numerous intersecting bus routes into Downtown Brooklyn, then transfer to another route.
  • B71: 1,080 weekday and 1,210 weekend customers would be required to walk to other nearby bus routes.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $5.42, Direct Operating $2.85 on weekdays,
Total: $6.50, Direct Operating $3.42 on weekends (for B71)

Net Annual Savings:
$3.0 million

Restructure Bus Service in Brownstone Brooklyn – B67, B69 Routes

Restructure Bus Service in Brownstone Brooklyn – B67, B69 Routes

Restructure Bus Service in Brownstone Brooklyn – B67, B69 Routes


Restructure Bus Service in Brownstone Brooklyn – B67, B69 Routes

Restructure Bus Service in Brownstone Brooklyn – B37, B71 Routes

Restructure Bus Service in Brownstone Brooklyn – B37, B71 Routes

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Restructure Bus Service in Bay Ridge

Description of Action:
Restructure bus service in Bay Ridge as follows:

  • Swap the B1 and B64 routes west of 13th Avenue, so that the B1 would become a continuous 86th Street crosstown service and the less-frequent B64 would operate the longer routing via 13th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue. This swap will result in scheduling efficiencies. Both routes will continue to maintain adequate service to accommodate demand, consistent with guidelines.
  • Discontinue all B37 service; replace the segment south of Bay Ridge Avenue with the rerouted B70 (discussed below).
  • Discontinue B8 service between the VA Hospital and the 95th Street R Line Icon station at all times except late nights and replace it with the rerouted B70 (discussed below).
  • Reroute the B70 to operate between 8th Avenue/Bay Ridge Avenue and the VA Hospital via Bay Ridge Avenue, 3rd Avenue (replacing the B37), and the 95th Street R Line Icon station (replacing the B8). The segment of the B70 between Bay Ridge Avenue and 92nd Street on 7th Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway is parallel to the Gowanus Expressway and closely paralleled by the B16.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Primarily Bay Ridge, but other Brooklyn neighborhoods are also affected (see attached map).

Customer Impact:
Service would be maintained on key corridors. B70 customers along 8th Avenue/Fort Hamilton Parkway south of Bay Ridge Avenue (1,600 weekdays, 1,800 weekends) would have to walk up to five minutes to the B16 or the B63.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $5.29, Direct Operating: $2.79 weekdays,
Total: $7.51, Direct Operating: $3.95 weekends (for the B37)

Net Annual Savings:
$2.8 million

Restructure Bus Service in Bay Ridge

Restructure Bus Service in Bay Ridge

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue B3 Service South of Avenue U/71st Street

Description of Action:
Discontinue B3 service on the low ridership segment south of Avenue U/71st Street. B3 service on the remaining portions of the route would be unaffected.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Bergen Beach.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 400 weekday customers and 600 weekend customers would have to walk on average approximately 5 minutes to the nearest B3 bus stop.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$0.3 million

Discontinue B3 Service South of Avenue U/71st Street

Discontinue B3 Service South of Avenue U/71st Street

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Proposal Modified March 19, 2010

Reroute B4 Service between Ocean Parkway and the Sheepshead Bay Sta via Av Z

Description of Action:
This proposal has been modified based on public comments. With the modified proposal, during peak hours the B4 would be retained between the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay and the Sheepshead Bay B Line Icon Q Line Icon Station. During this time, service would operate via Avenue Z and would not serve Neptune Avenue. This would retain service to many of the affected riders while still achieving a savings. The routing would remain as originally proposed at all other times.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 1,600 weekday customers and 2,300 weekend customers would have to use the B1 or the B36; a typical customer’s trip would increase by 5-10 minutes.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Initial Net Annual Savings:
$1.6 million

Reduction in Savings:
$0.8 million

Peak Hour Service Pattern (6-9AM, 2-7PM)

Peak Hour Service Pattern (6-9AM, 2-7PM)

Off-Peak Service Pattern (All other times)

Off-Peak Service Pattern (All other times)

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue B12 Service East of Alabama Avenue

Description of Action:
Discontinue B12 service on the duplicative segment east of Alabama Avenue. B12 service on the remaining portions of the route would be unaffected.

Neighborhoods Affected:
East New York.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 3,300 weekday customers and 3,700 weekend customers would have to use the Q24 or the A Line Icon C Line Icon; a typical customer’s trip would increase by ten minutes.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$1.5 millionDiscontinue B12 Service East of Alabama Avenue

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue B13 Service North of Wyckoff/DeKalb Avenues – Wyckoff Hospital

Proposal Modified March 19, 2010

Description of Action:
This proposal has been modified based on public comments. The original proposal would have eliminated B13 service between Williamsburg and Myrtle-Wycoff (L Line icon M Line icon) Station. To retain ADA-accessible service between Wycoff Hospital and Myrtle-Wycoff station (which has elevators and escalators) service would be retained between the station and Dekalb Avenue.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Williamsburg, Bushwick, Ridgewood.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 900 weekday customers and 1,100 weekend customers would have to use the L Line icon; a typical customer’s trip would increase by five minutes. Customers could also use the B60.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Initial Net Annual Savings:
$1.0 million

Reduction in Savings:
$0.5 million

Discontinue B13 Service North of Wyckoff/DeKalb Avenues – Wyckoff Hospital

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue B48 Service South of Fulton Street

Description of Action:
Discontinue the duplicative segment of the B48 south of Fulton Street. B48 service on the remaining portions of the route would be unaffected.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Prospect Heights, Crown Heights.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 2,550 weekday customers and 2,000 weekend customers would have to use the B49 or the A Line Icon (Franklin Shuttle); a typical customer’s trip would increase by five minutes.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$0.9 million

Discontinue B48 Service South of Fulton Street

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue B64 Service South of 25th Avenue

Description of Action:
Discontinue the duplicative segment of the B64 south of Cropsey Avenue/25th Avenue.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Coney Island.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 2,500 weekday customers and 3,250 weekend customers would have to use the B82; a typical customer’s trip would increase by five to ten minutes.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$0.9 million

Discontinue B64 Service South of 25th Avenue

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue Q24 Service West of Broadway Junction

Description of Action:
Discontinue the duplicative segment of the Q24 west of Broadway Junction station. Q24 service on the remaining portions of the route would be unaffected.

Neighborhoods Affected:
East New York, Bushwick.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 2,800 weekday customers and 3,200 weekend customers would have to use the J Line icon Z Line icon; a typical customer’s trip would increase by up to ten minutes.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$0.7 million

Discontinue Q24 Service West of Broadway Junction

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue Weekend B2 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue weekend service on the B2.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Gravesend, Marine Park.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 2,460 weekend customers would be required to use the B100; a typical customer’s trip would increase by five minutes.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $4.49, Direct Operating: $2.36

Net Annual Savings:
$0.3 million

Discontinue Weekend B2 Service

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue All B23 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue all service on the B23.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Borough Park, Kensington, Flatbush.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 1,580 weekday customers and 1,240 weekend customers would be required to use the B8 or B16; a typical customer’s trip would increase by 15 minutes.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $4.30, Direct Operating: $2.26 weekdays,
Total: $7.83, Direct Operating: $4.12 weekends

Net Annual Savings:
$1.2 million

Discontinue All B23 Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue Weekend B24 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue weekend service on the B24.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Williamsburg, Sunnyside, Greenpoint.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 3,150 weekend customers would be required to walk to the B43, B48 or Q39/Q59 (a typical customer’s trip would increase by up to 18 minutes) or could take the G Line Icon to the 7 Line Icon.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $6.13, Direct Operating: $3.23

Net Annual Savings:
$0.5 million

Discontinue Weekend B24 Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue All B39 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue all service on the B39.

Neighborhoods Affected:
Williamsburg, Lower East Side.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 1,180 weekday customers and 1,690 weekend customers would be required to use the J Line Icon Z Line Icon  M Line icon; a typical customer’s trip would increase by up to five minutes.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $4.45, Direct Operating $2.34 weekdays,
Total: $7.25, Direct Operating $3.81 weekends

Net Annual Savings:
$1.1 million

Discontinue All B39 Service

 

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Discontinue All B51 Service

Description of Action:
Discontinue all service on the B51 (operates weekdays only).

Neighborhoods Affected:
Downtown Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan.

Customer Impact:
Approximately 900 weekday customers would be required to use the 4 Line Icon 5 Line Icon 6 Line Icon or the R Line Icon for their trip.

Cost per Rider:
Total: $6.63, Direct Operating: $3.49

Net Annual Savings:
$0.8 million

Discontinue All B51 Service

NYC Transit 2010 Service Reduction Proposals
Profile of Elements – Brooklyn Local Bus

Reduce Spans of Service on Brooklyn Local Bus Routes

Description of Action:
This proposal reduces the spans of service on numerous local bus routes in Brooklyn (details are shown below):

  • Discontinue overnight bus service on the B7, B31, B45, B57, B64, B65, and B67
  • Start weekday service later on the B16 and B24; end weekday service earlier on the B2, B9, B11, B13, and B16
  • End Saturday service earlier on the B9; end Sunday service earlier on the B9 and B16

Neighborhoods Affected:
Many neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn (see maps).

Customer Impact:
Depending on the neighborhood, customers would either be required to use other bus or subway services or would have no transit service available during those hours.

Cost per Rider:
n/a

Net Annual Savings:
$0.9 million

  Brooklyn Span Changes  
  Overnights  
Route Original Span New Span Affected Riders
B7 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 45
B31 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 35
B45 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 35
B57 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 40
B64 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 35
B65 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 40
B67 24 hours 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 20
       
  Weekdays  
Route Original Span New Span Affected Riders
B2 5:15 AM - 12:45 AM 5:15 AM - 12:00 AM 25
B9 5:30 AM - 1:45 AM 5:30 AM - 1:00 AM 20
B11 4:45 AM - 12:30 AM 4:45 AM - 12:00 AM 10
B13 5:45 AM - 1:30 AM 5:45 AM - 1:00 AM 5
B16 4:45 AM - 1:30 AM 6:00 AM - 1:00 AM 50
B24 5:00 AM - 12:30 AM 5:30 AM - 12:30 AM 40
       
  Saturdays  
Route Original Span New Span Affected Riders
B9 5:30 AM - 1:45 AM 5:30 AM - 1:00 AM 20
       
  Sundays  
Route Original Span New Span Affected Riders
B9 5:30 AM - 1:45 AM 5:30 AM - 1:00 AM 10
B16 5:00 AM - 1:30 AM 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM 20

Reduce Spans of Service on Brooklyn Local Bus Routes – Overnight Service

Reduce Spans of Service on Brooklyn Local Bus Routes – Overnight Service

Reduce Spans of Service on Brooklyn Local Bus Routes – Weekday Spans

Reduce Spans of Service on Brooklyn Local Bus Routes – Weekday Spans

Reduce Spans of Service on Brooklyn Local Bus Routes – Weekend Spans

Reduce Spans of Service on Brooklyn Local Bus Routes – Weekend Spans

 

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