Earlier today, MTA NYC Transit announced that it has added 2 stops to the B44 Select Bus Service. Here are the official details:
MTA New York City Transit has added two stops on the B44 Select Bus Service (SBS) route serving customers traveling between Williamsburg Bridge Plaza and Knapp Street/Emmons Avenue. The locations were added based on customer requests, potential ridership, ease of transfers, and distances between stops.
The new southbound stops for B44 SBS are on Nostrand Avenue south of Gates Avenue, and Nostrand Avenue south of Avenue L. The new northbound for B44 SBS are on Nostrand Avenue on the south side of Avenue L, and Bedford Avenue on the south side of Gates Avenue.
The new stops provide connections for the B9 route at Avenue L and for the B52 at Gates Avenue, and service to two growing neighborhoods in Brooklyn. About 38,000 customers use the B44, with about half that number taking the SBS route.
“We are confident that adding these two stops will improve and enhance SBS along this vital Brooklyn corridor. We look forward to continued ridership growth at these two locations, and along the entire route,” said Darryl Irick, senior vice president for buses for MTA New York City Transit and president of the MTA Bus Company.
Service at those stops began on Monday, April 21. Ticket Vending Machines that accept MetroCards and coins are available at each stop. Customers pay their fare at the machines, then board the bus through any of the three doors and retain their tickets as proof of payment.
Supported jointly by MTA New York City Transit, the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Police Department, SBS is New York City’s version of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) — an increased-speed, high-performance bus system incorporating off-board fare collection, fewer stops, low-floor hybrid-electric buses, and a branded, easily identifiable service.
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