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Transit Issues

December, 2013


New bus service lowers commute times, raises commuter hackles

The new bus service that the MTA promised would speed up commutes along Nostrand Avenue knocked 25 minutes off a trip down the route versus the local bus — and the service isn’t even fully operational yet. Comments (1)

November, 2013


Boro’s first dedicated-lane bus plies Nostrand

Brooklyn’s new B44 Select Bus Service that’s expected to cut travel times for commuters by up to 20 percent was unveiled this week — but it hasn’t quite arrived yet. Comments (1)

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Brooklyn’s first dedicated-lane bus hits the road

Straphangers rejoice! The new B44 Select Bus Service line will shuttle passengers between Williamsburg and Sheepshead Bay at supposedly unprecedented speeds starting tomorrow. Comment

September, 2013

Carroll Gardens

Heads up! Smith-Ninth subway station scaffolding falls onto dump truck, backing up train and car traffic

Stand clear of the falling floors, please. Comment

August, 2013

Bay Ridge

Friendly R-eminder — MTA to cut train service to Manhattan Aug. 2

Starting on Aug. 2, the Metropolitan Transit Authority will cut off R train service between Bay Ridge and Manhattan for more than a year to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy. But short-term relief is in store for Aug. 5, with a one-month trial of ferry service from 58th Street in Sunset Park. Comment

July, 2013


Friendly R-eminder — MTA to cut train service to Manhattan Aug. 2

Starting on Aug. 2, the Metropolitan Transit Authority will cut off R train service between Bay Ridge for more than a year to repair damages from Hurricane Sandy. Comment

G train to get streamlined timetable, better publc address system

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority finished its review of the G train and agreed to make many changes, but it still needs money to increase service. Comment

June, 2013


Businessman cracking up over fee city demands to fix sidewalk damage

A Bensonhurst auto shop owner says the Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority want him to pay $30,000 to replace the fractured sidewalk in front of his business — pavement he claims the MTA destroyed. Comments (3)
Bay Ridge

Paved paradise! Sinkhole street to get new surface

The Department of Transportation has agreed to repave the block between Ridge Boulevard and Third Avenue where a sinkhole opened last June. Comment
Bay Ridge

Community Board approves plan to slow down Fourth Avenue

Community Board 10’s traffic panel voted to approve the entire city proposal for reforming the Fourth Avenue corridor — except for one thing. Comment
Coney Island

Anchors away! Business group pushing ferry from Manhattan to Coney

Coney Island could get a new kind of water ride if a business group gets its way - a ferry service to bring people from Lower Manhattan to the Playground of the World. Comments (5)
Mean Streets

Victims cry: Slow down Fourth!

Victims of deadly Fourth Avenue’s raceway-like atmosphere showed up in force on Wednesday night to convince car-friendly members of Community Board 10 that they should approve a plan aimed at significantly slowing down traffic on the dangerous boulevard. Comment

GRRR! Train tunnels to be closed for repairs

The R train’s link to Manhattan will be out of service for more than a year, and the G’s link to Queens will be closed for 12 weekends between July 6 and Dec. 15. Comments (5)

May, 2013

Mean Streets

Southern Brooklyn dodges ‘CitiBike’ bullet

Residents across Southern Brooklyn are breathing a collective sigh of relief that they’re being spared the wrath of CitiBike. Comments (4)

March, 2013


Light at the end of the tunnel: Smith–Ninth station will reopen next month, MTA says

The long-shuttered Smith–Ninth Street subway station will finally open next month after transit-starved Red Hook straphangers waited nearly two years for major renovation work to come to an end. Comment

January, 2013


Sign of genius: Avenue U subway display lets commuters stay warm

A new light-up sign is helping Gravesend straphangers get the train — and more importantly stay warm. Comments (5)
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