Golden predicts return of B37 bus line
Says MTA will use it as tradeoff
Riders who have been lamenting the demise of the B37 bus ever since the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) eliminated the Third Avenue line three years ago can take heart. The bus will be hitting the comeback trail, state Sen. Marty Golden predicted.
“We will get the B37 bus back,” Golden told members of the Riders Alliance at a meeting on June 27. Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) said the MTA will restore service on the B37 and will offer increased service on the X27 express bus “as a tradeoff” because of the closure of the Montague Street Tunnel.
The tunnel, which runs under the East River and accommodates the R train, will be closed for 14 months so that Sandy-related damage can be for repaired. The closure is expected to greatly inconveniencing riders, who will have to scramble to find alternate means of transportation to Manhattan.
The B37 bus was eliminated by the MTA in June of 2010 when the agency was making massive cuts in transit services due to budget problems. Since that time, the agency has restored service to several shuttered bus routes, but not the B37. The bus line ran along Third Avenue from Bay Ridge to downtown Brooklyn. Ever since the bus stopped running, advocates have lobbied the MTA to bring it back.