Epic B61 Bus to Become Less Epic, More Reliable

08/03/2009 1:35 PM |

024f/1249315250-b61sign.jpgLast week the Metropolitan Transit Authority approved a plan to split the B61 bus, an L Mag favorite that stretches from Red Hook to Queens Plaza, into two buses. Starting in January, the B61 will go from a certain big box Swedish furniture store in Red Hook to downtown Brooklyn. The new B62 will run from Schermerhorn Street and Boerum Place to Queens Plaza along the current B61 route through Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Long Island City. As reported in the Brooklyn Paper, ridership increased by 74 percent on the B61 line last year, but service only went up by 7 percent, which is both typical and ridiculous. Add this to the recent G-train extension, and you might get the impression that Brooklyn is finally getting the MTA attention it needs so badly. That impression, no doubt, will be short-lived.