NEW YORK --
The MTA began rolling out its expanded bus service Sunday, offering New Yorkers dozens of new ways to get around the five boroughs.
The MTA is adding and extending around 40 bus routes citywide.
Service will be restored to some lines that were cut back in 2010, while several route extensions will help fill gaps in service for growing neighborhoods.
The MTA expects about 50,000 customers will benefit from the service improvements.
"We are here to provide mass transit service and that we are able to restore some earlier service cuts while at the same time extending service along several routes is great news for us to share," New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast said. "These enhancements were all a result of listening to our customers and keeping close watch on changing travel trends."
The enhancements will take effect on two dates. The list is as follows:
Sunday, January 6 service restorations and enhancements:
Bx13: New Extension from East 161st Street to Bronx Terminal Market (149th Street and River Avenue) Bx34: Restore daytime weekend service B4: Restore full-time service to Knapp Street/Voorhies Ave via Neptune Avenue, Sheepshead Bay Road, Emmons Ave/Shore Parkway B24: Restore weekend service B39: Restore daytime service between Williamsburg and Manhattan's Lower East Side B48: Restore extension from Atlantic Avenue to Prospect Park (BQ) Station B57: Extend route from Carroll Gardens to Red Hook (Ikea) via Court Street, Lorraine Street and Otsego Street B64: Restore extension from Cropsey Avenue to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue (DFNQ) Station via Harway Avenue B69: Restore weekend service M1: Restore weekend service from 106th Street to 8th Street M9: Extend north terminal from 23rd Street to 29th Street via 1st and 2nd Avenues and extend south terminal from City Hall to Battery Park City via Warren Street/Murray Street and West Street M21: Restore weekend service Q24: Restore extension from Broadway Junction to Bushwick Avenue via Broadway Q27: Provide new overnight service from Horace Harding Expressway to Cambria Heights via Springfield Blvd Q30*: Provide new branch to Queensborough Community College Q36: Extend alternate trips from Jamaica Avenue to Little Neck via Little Neck Parkway (This restores weekday service along route of previous Q79 route.) Q42*: Restore midday service from Jamaica Center to St. Albans via Archer Avenue
Sunday, January 20, service restorations and enhancements:
S76: Restore weekend service S93*: Extend route from entrance to College of Staten Island into campus area X1: Add overnight express bus service from Eltingville to Manhattan via Hylan Blvd X17: Extend route to Tottenville middays
*The Q30 and Q42 are weekday only, so they are being introduced on Monday, January 7. The S93 is also weekdays only, so it will be introduced on Tuesday, January 22.
In addition, NYC Transit is continuing to work with communities in order to develop new services to address transit needs in growing and changing neighborhoods. The following new services are planned for implementation later in 2013:
New route, Bx46, which would operate between the South Bronx and western Hunts Point to be implemented in April 2013 New service connecting Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. New Williamsburg-Greenpoint-Long Island City service New service between East New York (New Lots Avenue 3 station) and Spring Creek New north-south far Westside Manhattan route to serve the West Village, Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. Select Bus Service on the Bx41 route along Webster Avenue
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