Major MTA Restorations, Expansions in Manhattan and Brooklyn
by Adel Manoukian It's long-awaited good news for Brooklynites and Manhattan residents. State Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that the MTA has made many service expansions and restorations in the two boroughs. The MTA will create a brand new Brooklyn Tech Triangle bus route which the senator and stakeholders will lead the effort for. Other changes include a new bus route beginning in mid-2013 along the Williamsburg waterfront, which will be designed in consultation with stakeholders. The Senator and the community have been advocating new routes since some services were cut in 2010 to close a gap in the MTA's budget. Now restorations include the B39 bus service over the Williamsburg Bridge to and from Manhattan. The M9 bus will add service to Battery Park City and will add more stops in between. The B57 bus has extended its services into Red Hook. The G train will permanently add five more stops after its last Church Avenue station. Some buses are also getting weekend service. These include the B24, B69, and M21. "New Yorkers depend on the access bus and subway service provides every day of the week," said Senator Squadron in a statement. "These restorations and new routes will connect more neighborhoods for more New Yorkers more often. From Williamsburg to Red Hook and from the Lower East Side to Battery Park City, we've been pushing with the community for these restorations because they are, simply, essential." The senator isn't giving up his pushing just yet. He continues to advocate for M8 weekend service, a restoration of B51 service and more service from the Brooklyn waterfront's Columbia Street into Park Slope and beyond to replace the B71.
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