Sunday, September 07, 2008

Delay in Bus Rapid Transit pushes possible Flatbush route further back

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)--with a dedicated express lane, staggered stoplights, and perhaps new loading platforms--on Flatbush Avenue might be crucial to the success of the Atlantic Yards project, as I've written.

Now a possible Flatbush Avenue route is pushed even further into the future, because of delays in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's BRT experiment, known as Special Bus Service.

(Right: the city's Flatbush Avenue BRT concept plan--no longer available, except via the Internet Archive-- which envisions new dedicated bus lanes north of Grand Army Plaza.)

BRT delays

In a New York Times article Friday headlined An Experimental Bus Route Gets Passengers’ Praise
Buses on an experimental route in the Bronx are moving significantly faster thanks to a series of innovations meant to cut travel time, including having riders pay before they board, transit officials said on Thursday.

But the officials conceded that there would be nothing fast about getting the planned innovations for bus routes in other parts of the city under way — with a delay of up to two years before the next souped-up route is created.

Nostrand Avenue 2012

The Times reported:
...Plans now call for bringing Select Bus Service to First and Second Avenues in Manhattan — the busiest route in the city, where the M15 currently runs — and Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. But the Manhattan route will not be ready until some time in 2010, according to Ted Orosz, the project manager for the program. The Brooklyn route should get the improved service in 2012.

Why is that? The MTA doesn't have enough of the right buses.

I wrote nearly two years ago that the pilot Nostrand Avenue project might not begin until 2008. Now that route is delayed four years--and a subsequent route on Flatbush Avenue wouldn't arrive until well after 2012.


  1. The link to the Flatbush study on the MTA website is broken. Do you have a good link?

  2. I've added a link to the lost page, via the Internet Archive.