Yesterday afternoon, MTA New York City Transit announced a reroute of the West-Farms bound Bx5 at the Hunts Point Av station due to a change by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). Here are the complete details courtesy of a press release I received.
Effective Saturday, October 30, 2010 New York City Department of Transportation will restrict turns at the intersection of Southern Boulevard, 163rd Street and Hunts Point Avenue in the Bronx. These restrictions will prevent all vehicles, including buses, from turning from northbound Hunts Point Avenue onto northbound Southern Boulevard.
As a result, the West Farms bound-Bx5 will travel its regular route to Bronx River Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard, then via Bruckner Boulevard, right on East 163rd Street, and right on Southern Boulevard.
A new bus stop will be on East 163rd Street at the far side of Hoe Avenue. The current bus stop on the westbound side of Bruckner Boulevard on the near side of Hunts Point Avenue will be discontinued.
The Pelham Bay Park-bound Bx5 route, all destination signs, service frequency and terminal stops will remain unchanged.
For more information as to why this reroute will be implemented, click here for a detailed .pdf report from the New York City Department Of Transportation (NYCDOT).