Who knew the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) still actually added bus routes in Brooklyn?
Yet that is what we’ve got with an expanded B67 line and brand-new B32 line, both of which began operating this weekend. The B67 route connects Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, extending beyond its current route from Kensington to Downtown Brooklyn. The B32 route was created to connect Williamsburg Bridge Plaza with Long Island City in Queens.
Both bus services have been long sought after by community activists, as seen with the efforts behind the B67 extension–a collaboration between the Brooklyn Navy Yard, DUMBO Business Improvement District, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the MTA.
“Public transportation to DUMBO was quite limited and extending the b67 provides residents in that neighborhood as well as in Vinegar Hill with an additional option,” said Robert Perris, district manager of Community Board 2. “Plus, more importantly, it is providing new service to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, [which all parties] had sought.”
“There was some logistics to work out, but the Navy Yard was flexible and creative and we’re pleased that they made the bus service work. Normally you cannot enter the Navy Yard without having your credentials checked at the perimeter,” he explained. “Also, in a time of financial restraint on the part of the MTA, CB2 and others are grateful to NYCT for funding the funds to extend the B67.”
Details regarding the B67 and B32 routes are as follows:
Effective Monday, September 9, the B67 will extend to the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The northern terminal for the B67 trips that do not serve the Navy Yard will be located on Sands Street, on the far side of Jay Street. This extension of the B67 will serve the Brooklyn Tech Triangle which is a growing cluster of interconnected economic activity in Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition this extension will serve Vinegar Hill and the York St F station. These areas expect to add significantly more jobs and residents in the next few years, and this new investment will improve previously limited transportation options.
The route will operate along its current route from Kensington to Downtown Brooklyn, travel along Jay Street, Front Street, Bridge Street, York Street, Gold Street, Sands Street, through the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and exit onto Kent Avenue to continue to its northern terminal on Division Street at Wythe Avenue, where it will connect with the B62. Southbound, the route will travel along Wythe Avenue, Clymer Street, through the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Sands Street, Gold Street, York Street, Pearl Street, Sands Street, and Jay Street to resume the existing route to Kensington.
Effective Sunday, September 8, the MTA will also implement a new B32 bus route between the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza and the Court Square-23 St. EM station in Long Island City. The new bus route will serve waterfront areas in Williamsburg and Greenpoint and Long Island City. Over the past years, these areas have experienced significant growth.
The B32’s southern terminal at Williamsburg Bridge Plaza will provide connections to the Marcy Avenue JMZ station and the B24, B39, B44, B46, B60, B62, Q54, and Q59 bus routes. Northbound, the B32 will travel along Broadway, Kent Avenue, Franklin Street, Green Street, McGuinness Boulevard, across the Pulaski Bridge, 11th Street, and terminating at 21st Street and 44th Drive adjacent to the Court Square- 23 St station. Southbound, the B32 would travel along 21st Street, Jackson Avenue, 48th Avenue, 11th Street, across the Pulaski Bridge, McGuinness Boulevard, Freeman Street, Franklin Street, North 14th Street, Wythe Avenue, and Broadway.
This route will operate seven days a week on 30 minute headway from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will be monitored closely and adjustments will be made if necessary.
For additional information on all 2012-2013 service investments, customers can visit http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/NewBusServiceComing_BrooklynQueens_September2013.htm.