MTA Adds Buses to Brooklyn’s B61 Bus Route
BROOKLYN — The MTA board voted to add buses to Brooklyn’s B61 route, which connects Downtown with Red Hook, during the evening rush hour.
The move, part of a package of changes to bus schedules citywide, will mean that buses on the route will come more frequently and following a study on the bus line released by Brooklyn elected officials and community groups in December.
The report, “Next Bus Please: Improving the B61 Bus,” found that less than half — only 43-percent — of B61 buses arrived within an acceptable time frame during rush hour. The MTA has since verified the report’s findings of overcrowding during some periods, which led to the changes in the bus schedule.
“I am happy to see that the MTA is listening to the people and taking this important first step to improve the B61 bus,” said City Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Park Slope/Cobble Hill). “We look forward to working with the agency to address other concerns raised in our report, such as overcrowding and long waits during morning rush hour, buses that are skipping stops, and the need for real time bus arrival information for B61 riders.”