Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers are preparing Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn for the borough's first Select Bus Service line, the SBS B44, which will run from Sheepshead Bay to Williamsburg. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
The next stop for Select Bus Service: Brooklyn.
The B44 is set to become the sixth SBS line in the city next month, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city's Department of Transportation preparing to introduce the speedier service with fewer stops along busy Nostrand and Rogers Avenues.
"It will be good for us," said one person. "You'll get where you're going faster."
Crews are preparing for the line's arrival by painting bus-only lanes along the avenues and installing equipment that allows riders to pay fares before boarding buses from any entrance.
However, not everyone's thrilled with the space being carved out for the buses.
"Definitely too narrow," said one person. "Maybe somewhere like Harlem, somewhere in Manhattan where, you know, the streets are a lot wider."
Some are also not thrilled that there will be fewer stops.
"It still isn't good for us, because we're the only person that goes to bingo," said one person. "So it's not going to help me."
Not to worry, though, because local buses will still be running.
Brooklyn is finally catching up to the Bronx, which got the first SBS line in 2008 and had a second route added this summer.
The other Select Bus Service lines in the city have been praised for making buses move a little faster, but the process of getting this particular line off the ground has been anything but fast. The Nostrand/Rogers route was first selected for SBS service back in 2008.
Close to 40,000 riders used the B44 on weekdays last year, making it one of the city's busiest bus lines. So the DOT and the MTA are applying a formula that they say has worked by cutting travel times along routes in Manhattan and the Bronx by up to 20 percent.
That's the hope along the 9.3-mile bus route, which stretches from Sheepshead Bay to Williamsburg.
"People have to get down to Williamsburg Plaza, which is way away from here," said one person. "It will be great to be able to just fly there."
Or, even, to take a bus.