B31: Overnight Service to Be Axed


(The new cuts will not go into effect until June at the earliest.)

The MTA’s Brooklyn service reduction plan is cutting the B31’s overnight hours. The B31 ranks the 14th lowest in the city when it comes to overnight ridership (1am – 5am) with 36 average riders.

The MTA plans to hold public hearings regarding the array of cuts proposed it intends to adopt as a measure to close a $400 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The hearing location closest to Brooklyn is going to be held at the Brooklyn Museum located at 200 Eastern Parkway, set for March 3, 2010

Service Change Proposals

Details:

Discontinue overnight bus service on the B7, B31, B45, B57, B64,B65, and B67

Start weekday service later on the B16 and B24; end weekday service earlier on the B2, B9, B11, B13, and B16; end Saturday service earlier on the B9; and end Sunday
service earlier on the B9 and B16.

Here are the changes (without Queens, Bronx, Manhattan and that other place)

SUBWAY

Subway Reductions/Discontinuations/Station Closings No Longer Under Consideration

# Reducing service frequencies between 2AM and 5AM from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.
# Reducing off-peak service frequencies on the A and E Saturdays due to relatively high ridership.
# Discontinuing J, Z skip-stop service and replacing it with all-local J service.

Subway Reductions/Discontinuations Still Under Consideration
# Reducing Saturday service frequency on the D, F, G, J, M, N, Q, R from every 8 minutes to every 10 minutes, and Sunday service frequency on the A, D, E, F, G, N, Q, R from every 8 minutes to every 10 minutes, to accommodate ongoing construction work.
# Reducing midday service frequency on the 1, 7, A, L and evening service frequency on the 1, 7, A, F evenings as part of the revision of off-peak service guidelines.
# Shorten the G to Court Square at all times (note that this proposal has a new component, increasing service frequency on the G evenings).
# Extend Q to Astoria and operate N local in Manhattan to replace the W.
# Eliminate Staten Island Railway (SIR) Baseball Special service.

Subway Reductions/Discontinuations Being Considered for the First Time
# Reducing weekend service frequency on the 1 from every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes to accommodate ongoing construction work.
# Reducing weekend service frequency on the 7, J, L, M* as part of the revision of off-peak service guidelines based on updated ridership information and applying the new off-peak guideline to weekends.
# Extending V to Metropolitan Avenue to replace M service north of Essex Street and discontinuing M service south of Essex Street. V no longer stops at 2nd Avenue.

BUS

Brooklyn Bus Service

# B7 Discontinuation of weekend service
# B14 Discontinuation of overnight service
# B25 Discontinuation of all service
# B48 Discontinuation of weekend and overnight service (all service south of Fulton Street would be discontinued as shown below)
# B57 Discontinuation of weekend service
# B65 Discontinuation of weekend service
# B70 Reduction of the span (hours) of service

Bus Reductions/Discontinuations Still Under Consideration

Express Bus Service
# X25 and X32 Discontinue weekday services due to low ridership, high operating cost, and/or the availability of alternatives
# X27 and X28 Discontinue weekend services due to low ridership, high operating cost, and/or the availability of alternatives

Brooklyn Bus Service
# B13 Discontinue the underutilized and duplicative segment north of Myrtle/Wyckoff station
# Q24 Discontinue the underutilized and duplicative segment west of Broadway Junction
# B2 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
# B23 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
# B24 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
# B39 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
# B51 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
# B7 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
# B31 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
# B45 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
# B57 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
# B64 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
# B65 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
# B67 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
# Reduce hours of service on the B2, B9, B11, B13, B16, and B24 weekdays, the B9 Saturdays, and the B9 and B16 Sundays, due to low ridership in the first and/or last hours of service

Bus Restructurings

Below describe the proposed restructuring of bus service in neighborhoods that are still under consideration:

# Restructure the Bx26, Bx28, and Bx30 in Co-op City to streamline services
# Restructure bus service on the Lower East Side (M9, M15, M20, and M21) to improve performance and efficiency while providing more direct crosstown service

Bus Reductions/Discontinuations Being Considered for the First Time Express Bus Service

# X16, X18, X20, X29, X51, and X90 Discontinue weekday services due to low ridership, high operating cost, and/or the availability of alternatives

Brooklyn Bus Service
# B3 Discontinue the underutilized segment south of Av U/71st St
# B4 Discontinue the underutilized segment east of Coney Island Avenue
# B12 Discontinue the duplicative segment east of Alabama Avenue
# B48 Discontinue the duplicative segment south of Fulton Street
# B64 Discontinue the duplicative segment south/east of 25th Avenue
# B71 Discontinue all service due to low ridership

Reduce span (hours) of service on the B24 weekdays in response to low ridership

Bus Reductions/Discontinuations Being Considered for the First Time

10 comments to B31: Overnight Service to Be Axed

  • Hippith

    I like how they have enough money to redo local stations like kings highway ave u and neck road but not enough to run the only local bus line in gb………..

    • Anonymous

      Not looking for an arguement just giving info, the reason they can make repairs or improvements to train stations is because it's capital money that comes from the feds under a totally different budget and here's another way to look at it if they didn't have construction money to make these improvements there would be a lot of trades with out work

  • Tom McCormick

    I wonder if the M.T.A. is aware of how many of their own employees take the over night B31 runs to get to work every night or come home in the wee hours of the morning? I feel badly for anyone who tries to provide for their family by working late shifts. That is what happens when you replace a democratic government with a mayoral hierarchy.

    I guess this city no longer cares for the working class. I wonder what would happen to this city if every working class family in the five boroughs went tax exempt for a six months. Anyone game? I'm in.

  • One Up

    The MTA has no care about anyone, chances are the count of riders they did was based solely on Metro Cards used that were swiped not walk on free bees like their employees or others who have get free access.

    What makes me shake my head is they are eliminating one bus for half a shift, 4 hours a day, so what are they saving 28 man hours a week and a bus, whats that maybe 50 thousand a year. How about cutting some of those 66 dollar a hour Acess a ride trips or maybe the working guy who is coming home at night should apply to Acess a Ride and have them take them door to door from work

    So since the MTA won't be using a few bus stops any more, espically at night, will they change the signs so there is more available parking for people If there are no buses to use the Bus Stops then how can someone get a ticket for blocking a Bus Stop and preventing buses from using them (come on I'm sure there's a legal eagle out there)

    • Who reelected him?

      I agree with you, and since you brought up the access a rides, I think it's great that elderly and disabled people can get to doctors or grocery stores. I have no problem with my tax dollars going to a program to help them to be independent and travel safely, BUT I think it's complete bullshit that they are taking them to casinos, etc. Especially not when buses are being cut off from working people who are paying the taxes that support access a ride.

    • BrooklynBus

      It's up to DOT to change the signs if service is eliminated. They do this on express bus routes.

      But the larger point is that most of these cuts should not be made because the methodolgy they used to decide the cuts is flawed and sloppy and Brooklyn is suffering disproportionately.

  • BrooklynBus

    Surprised that the B31 has as many riders as it does during overnight hours. I did a survey in 1974 and found out they were operating service all night on a route without a single rider.

    Also, wonder why no one is opposing the elimination of the eastern end of the B4 which will affect so many more riders who really have no alternative other than taking an extra bus an walking up to a mile to get the bus. Where is the outrage?

  • just wondering

    The economic stimulus allowed funding to avoid service cuts. The MTA decided to divert that money to capital projects such as the 2 nd ave. subway & the #7 line extension. If the MTA is'nt doing constrution then how are their execs going to get kickbacks? Who owned the property where the #7 extention is being built ? Could it be former MTA head Peter Kalikow & his real estate buddies ? Wonder what that property is going to be worth now? MTA headquarters at 2 Broadway went 200million over budget then MTA officials got caught in a kickback scandal with the contractors. Fulton st. transit hub is 200 million over budget and all thats there is a whole in the ground.Businesses were forced out for nothing. Federal money for surveillance cameras in the is gone with practically none off the cameras installed. I could go on & on. But don't get mad, blame those mean old employees because thats what the N.Y. Post tells you to do. Trivia Question: Who owned the Post at one time ? Peter Kalikow, what a coincidence !!!!!!

  • Eugene debs

    I have no problems with the bus cuts. Now some entrepreneur can come along with a van or school bus and charge a buck or two for rides to the beach. I'd feel much better paying a guy with a van than the corrupt MTA anyhow.

  • N/A

    They should cut all services. save the money!!!!

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