All Aboard! Extended B57 Service Launches Sunday

After lobbying for better service, Councilmember Brad Lander and others will celebrate their advocacy victory by taking a ride on the extended bus route on Jan. 6.

Feel like a road trip? Join Councilmember Brad Lander in celebrating the extension of the B57 bus line this Sunday, January 6, by taking a ride into Red Hook.

In the fall of 2011, Lander, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Councilwoman Sara González, and other community advocates released the report Next Bus Please: Improving the B61 Bus, outlining problems on the troubled bus line, calling for the extension of the B57.

And the MTA listened.

Service on the extended route—which runs along Smith and Court Streets, into Red Hook, past Smith/9th Street and down to IKEA—will start this Sunday. The celebratory ride will take place at 1:30 p.m. The councilman will meet at the B57 bus stop on Court Street between President and Carroll Streets.

One side effect of the extended B57 route means less crowding on the B61, which often skips stops because buses are too crowded—much to the chagrin of those trying to commute.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as small businesses there struggle to recover, bus services are ever more important, Lander said in a release.

While local bus service levels still have a ways to go, this victory is well deserved and appreciated by many.

Will you be on the bus this weekend?

Carmen January 05, 2013 at 06:07 PM
This makes no sense. They should just bring back the B77. The B57 is already late ALL THE TIME. It runs from Brooklyn to Queens, and takes forever. The 61, 75, and 77 ran better before the MTA switched everything around.
Donald January 05, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I think this is a welcome change. In the short term, it will provide a quicker and better connection for Red Hook residents to the F train at Carroll Street and a less meandering route to downtown. For Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens residents, it will improve access to Ikea and Fairway (once it reopens). Also, from an operational standpoint, using the Ikea terminal as the start/end point of the line means that it eliminates idling buses from outside residences on the lower end of Smith Street where there is already poor air conditions. Of course, while I applaud the MTA and the elected officials for getting this done, I really miss the Union Street bus (was that the 77?). I know ridership on it was pathetic, but it was so convenient, especially on weekends, for getting to the main branch of the library, the Brooklyn Museum and for connecting Cobble Hills and Carroll Gardens with the heart of Park Slope.


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