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Map: FASTRACK, shuttle buses arrive in Bay Ridge

by Benjamin Kabak

Shuttle buses and a stub N train will pick up the slack during this week’s FASTRACK.

During my talk at the Transit Museum a few weeks back about the MTA’s FASTRACK program, Larry Gould, an ops official with New York City Transit, spoke at length about the operations planning that goes into FASTRACK. Where possible, Transit prefers to limit the use of shuttle buses and tries instead to urge riders to use alternate nearby routes. For most FASTRACK treatments, that’s an easy ask as the nearest subway line isn’t too far away, but for this week’s Bay Ridge/4th Ave. FASTRACK, the shuttle buses will be out in full force.

Starting tonight at 10 p.m. and continuing each weeknight until 5 a.m., trains will not run along 4th Ave. in Brooklyn south of 36th St. N trains will be diverted along the D train’s West End line to Coney Island while a special N shuttle will operate along the Sea Beach branch from 8th Ave. to Stillwell Avenue. R trains, until they cease operating for the evening, will terminate at 36th St., and only shuttle buses will supply transit service into Bay Ridge.

This week’s treatment is likely the trickiest and most onerous for riders as late-night Bay Ridge service usually isn’t the best. On a good day, the R train operates only as a shuttle late at night, and riders have to switch at 36th St. anyway. Now, though, there’s no direct N service to and from Manhattan. Though the transfer at New Utrecht/62nd St. to the N shuttle alleviates the pressure, travel times will be significantly longer this week for Brooklynites.

As this is one of the tougher FASTRACK’s, the next weekday change is the easiest. Later this month, Lexington Ave. trains will run only on the local tracks overnight — which they sort of do anyway. More on that in a few weeks.

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Jerrold May 6, 2013 - 6:20 pm

Strictly speaking off-topic, but I just heard on the news that the first above ground steel beam for the Calatrava Transportation Hub
was installed today.


Not an airport terminal, but a TRAIN station that looks like a bird about to take flight.
It’s the IDEA for that design that should have been “sent flying”.

Also, note that the “temporary” PATH station will be there ten years in the fall. It would not surprise me if the “temporary” re-opening of the old South Ferry station has a similar longevity.

Alek May 6, 2013 - 6:56 pm

There should be another shuttle bus running from 8th ave to 36th street to give riders connection faster than going down to 62nd st

ajedrez May 6, 2013 - 8:50 pm

For what it’s worth, there’s the B70. It’s not too frequent, but it’s better than nothing.

tacony palmyra May 6, 2013 - 10:34 pm

They’re really working on the Lexington Avenue line a lot lately, huh? They were skipping local stops on weekends for months and now I guess they’ve moved on to working on the express tracks– they ran all local trains last weekend, and they will this coming weekend. It’s hard to tell what the difference is between the FASTRACK weeknight work and the normal weekend work schedule in that case.


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