A New Year's present from NYC Transit will arrive this weekend. The splitting of the B61 into two shorter routes - the B61 and B62 - will be put into effect on Sunday, this story from Gothamist is telling us.
The new B61 route will travel between the Ikea Terminal in Red Hook and Downtown Brooklyn (Smith Street and Livingston Street), while the northern B62 route will link Downtown Brooklyn (Boerum Place and Livingston Street) and Queens Plaza.
This has been a long anticipated improvement to the B61 route, one that should bring much better reliability and efficiency to the bus service. Hopefully, it will put an end to the long and frustrating waits at Jay Street for the Red Hook bound B61, often ending with the appearance of 2 or even 3 buses in close proximity, after winding their way through the long and congested route from Long Island City, Queens.
The new Red Hook bound B61 will begin at Jay Street - a change that is sure to, as NYC Transit is stating, "increase service reliability".
An excellent beginning to a better 2010.
Happy New Year, everyone.