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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates a number of bus routes in Brooklyn, New York, United States; one minor route is privately-operated under a city franchise. Many of them are the direct descendants of streetcar lines (see list of streetcar lines in Brooklyn); the ones that started out as bus routes were almost all operated by the Brooklyn Bus Corporation, a subsidiary of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation, until the New York City Board of Transportation took over on June 5, 1940. Of the 54 local Brooklyn routes operated by the New York City Transit Authority, roughly 35 are the direct descendants of one or more streetcar lines, and most of the others were introduced in full or in part as new bus routes by the 1930s. For express service to Manhattan, see list of express bus routes in New York City.

Route Terminals Major streets Depot History Notes
Operated by NYCTA
B1 Bay Ridge Kingsborough Community College 86th Street and Brighton Beach Avenue Ulmer Park Sheepshead Bay-area bus began April 1919 by Plum Beach Auto Stage
86th Street Line streetcar until May 15, 1949
Formerly B34
B2 Midwood Kings Plaza Shopping Center Avenue R Flatbush Began 1922 by Kings Coach Company
B3 Bath Beach Bergen Beach Avenue U Ulmer Park Began 1922 by Kings Coach Company
B4 Bay Ridge Sheepshead Bay Bay Ridge Parkway, 86th Street,Neptune Avenue, and Emmons Avenue Jackie Gleason Began September 28, 1931 by BMT
B6 Bath Beach East New York Bay Parkway, Avenue J, Glenwood Road, Avenue H,Flatlands Avenue, and Cozine Avenue Ulmer Park Bay Parkway bus began August 24, 1931 by BMT
Cozine Avenue bus began July 1, 1968 by NYCTA
Both local and limited-stop service
B7 Midwood or Flatlands Bedford-Stuyvesant Kings Highway and Saratoga Avenue Fresh Pond Began June 29, 1930 by BMT
B8 Bay Ridge Brookdale Hospital, Brownsville 18th Avenue and Avenue D Jackie Gleason Began October 22, 1925 by Queens Bus Lines
B9 Bay Ridge Kings Plaza Shopping Center 60th Street, Avenue M, and Flatbush Avenue Jackie Gleason Began October 28, 1931 by BMT
B11 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sunset Park Flatbush 49th/50th Streets, and Avenue J Jackie Gleason Began September 21, 1931 by BMT
B12 Prospect-Lefferts Gardens East New York Clarkson Avenue and East New York Avenue East New York Began November 23, 1931 by BMT
B13 Gateway Center Mall, Spring Creek Bushwick Crescent Street, Cypress Hills Street, Wyckoff Avenue, and Fresh Pond Road Grand Avenue Crescent Street bus began October 25, 1921 by Independent Buses
Wyckoff Avenue bus began November 30, 1931 by BMT
Via Queens
B14 Crown Heights Brooklyn General Mail Facility Pitkin Avenue and Sutter Avenue East New York Began August 1925 by Eastern Parkway, Brownsville and East New York Transit Relief Association
B15 Bedford-Stuyvesant East New York or JFK Airport, Queens Marcus Garvey Boulevard (ex-Sumner Avenue), Lewis Avenue, New Lots Avenue, and Conduit Avenue East New York Sumner Avenue Line streetcar until July 20, 1947
New Lots Avenue Line streetcar until September 1, 1947
B16 Fort Hamilton Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Fort Hamilton Parkway, 14th Avenue, 13th Avenue, and Caton Avenue Jackie Gleason Began October 28, 1931 by BMT
B17 Canarsie Crown Heights Seaview Avenue and Remsen Avenue East New York Began August 17, 1931 by BMT
B20 Brooklyn General Mail Facility Ridgewood, Queens Linden Boulevard, Pennsylvania Avenue, Decatur Street, Fresh Pond Road and Summerfield Street Fresh Pond Began November 30, 1931 by BMT
B24 Williamsburg Greenpoint Kingsland Avenue, Meeker Avenue, Kosciusko Bridge, and Greenpoint Avenue Grand Avenue Calvary Cemetery Line (Greenpoint Avenue) streetcar until January 26, 1930
Meeker and Marcy Avenues Line streetcar until April 17, 1939
Via Sunnyside, Queens
Fulton Landing East New York Fulton Street East New York Fulton Street Line streetcar until August 10, 1941
B26 Downtown Brooklyn Ridgewood, Queens Fulton Street, Putnam Avenue, and Halsey Street Fresh Pond Halsey Street Line streetcar until February 5, 1950
B31 Midwood Gerritsen Beach Gerritsen Avenue Flatbush Began 1922 by Kings Coach Company
B32 Williamsburg Long Island City Wythe/Kent Avenues, Frankiln Street Grand Avenue Introduced September 2013
Sunset Park Brownsville 39th Street and Church Avenue Jackie Gleason Church Avenue Line streetcar until October 31, 1956 Both local and limited-stop service
B36 Coney Island Sheepshead Bay Surf Avenue and Avenue Z Ulmer Park Sea Gate Line streetcar until December 1, 1946
B38 Downtown Brooklyn Ridgewood, Queens Lafayette and DeKalb Avenues Fresh Pond (Limited-Stop service to Catalpa Avenue and Downtown Brooklyn only) and Grand Avenue (Local service to Metropolitan Avenue and Downtown Brooklyn only) DeKalb Avenue Line streetcar until January 30, 1948 Both local and limited-stop service
B39 Williamsburg Lower East Side Williamsburg Bridge and Delancey Street Grand Avenue Discontinued in 2010, Reinstated in 2013.
Bergen Beach or Kings Plaza Shopping Center Downtown Brooklyn Flatbush Avenue Flatbush Flatbush Avenue Line streetcar until March 5, 1951 Both local and limited-stop service
B42 Canarsie Pier Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway Rockaway Parkway East New York Rockaway Parkway Line streetcar until April 29, 1951
B43 Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Greenpoint Empire Boulevard, Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn Avenue, Throop Avenue, Tompkins Avenue, Graham Avenue, and Manhattan Avenue Jackie Gleason Tompkins Avenue Line streetcar until August 24, 1947
Graham Avenue Line streetcar until December 21, 1948
Combined from B47 and B62 in 1996
B44 Sheepshead Bay Williamsburg Nostrand Avenue, New York Avenue, Bedford Avenue, and Lee Avenue Flatbush Nostrand Avenue Line streetcar until April 1, 1951 Both local and limited-stop service
Downtown Brooklyn Crown Heights Atlantic Avenue and St. Johns Place East New York St. Johns Place Line streetcar until August 24, 1947
B46 Kings Plaza Shopping Center Williamsburg Utica Avenue, Malcolm X Boulevard (ex-Reid Avenue), and Broadway Flatbush Utica and Reid Avenues Line streetcar until March 18, 1951 Both local and limited-stop service
B47 Kings Plaza Shopping Center Bedford-Stuyvesant Ralph Avenue and Broadway Grand Avenue Ralph Avenue Line streetcar until November 1, 1943
Ralph Avenue Line streetcar until May 27, 1951
Created as a result of a merge of the B40 and B78 in 2002
B48 Prospect-Leferts Gardens Greenpoint Classon Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Lorimer Street, and Nassau Avenue Grand Avenue Franklin Avenue Line streetcar until October 28, 1945
Lorimer Street Line streetcar until December 14, 1947
B49 Kingsborough Community College Bedford-Stuyvesant Ocean Avenue, Rogers Avenue, and Bedford Avenue Flatbush Ocean Avenue Line streetcar until April 29, 1951
B52 Downtown Brooklyn Ridgewood, Queens Greene Avenue and Gates Avenue Fresh Pond Gates Avenues Line streetcar until October 5, 1941
B54 Downtown Brooklyn Ridgewood, Queens Myrtle Avenue Fresh Pond Myrtle Avenue Line streetcar until July 17, 1949
B57 Red Hook Maspeth, Queens Flushing Avenue, Court and Smith Streets Grand Avenue Flushing Avenue Line streetcar until November 21, 1948
B60 Canarsie Williamsburg Rockaway Avenue and Wilson Avenue Grand Avenue Wilson Avenue Line streetcar until May 27, 1951
B61 Park Slope Downtown Brooklyn Van Brunt Street, Lorraine Street, Columbia Street, Atlantic Avenue, 9th Street, 8th Avenue, and Prospect Park West Jackie Gleason Crosstown Line streetcar until January 27, 1951

Originally ran between Red Hook and Long Island City. Route north of Downtown Brooklyn was split off from original B61 route (now B62) in January 3, 2010. Extended along former B77 route and Ninth Street portion of B75 route in June 27, 2010.

B62 Downtown Brooklyn Long Island City Park Avenue, Wythe Avenue, Bedford/Driggs Avenues, Manhattan Avenue, and Jackson Avenue Grand Avenue Crosstown Line streetcar until January 27, 1951

Spilt off from original B61 route in January 3, 2010

B63 Fort Hamilton Cobble Hill 5th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue Jackie Gleason Fifth Avenue Line streetcar until February 20, 1949
B64 Bay Ridge Coney Island Bath Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue Ulmer Park Bay Ridge Avenue Line streetcar until August 12, 1948
Downtown Brooklyn Crown Heights Bergen and Dean Streets East New York Bergen Street Line streetcar until July 20, 1947
B67 Kensington Downtown Brooklyn McDonald ,7th and Flatbush Avenues Jackie Gleason Seventh Avenue Line streetcar until February 11, 1951
B68 Coney Island Windsor Terrace Brighton Beach and Coney Island Avenues Jackie Gleason Coney Island Avenue Line streetcar until November 30, 1955
B69 Kensington Downtown Brooklyn 7th, Vanderbilt and McDonald Avenues Jackie Gleason Vanderbilt Avenue Line streetcar until August 20, 1950
B70
Dyker Heights Sunset Park 3rd Avenue, 7th Avenue, 8th Avenue, Bay Ridge Avenue and 39th Street Jackie Gleason Eighth Avenue Line streetcar until May 15, 1949
B74 Sea Gate Coney Island Mermaid Avenue Ulmer Park Norton's Point Line streetcar until November 7, 1948
B82 Coney Island Starrett City Cropsey Avenue, Bay Parkway, Kings Highway, Flatlands Avenue, and Pennsylvania Avenue East New York Began August 29, 1924 by Queens Bus Lines
Combined from B5 and B50
Both local and limited-stop service
B83 Starrett City East New York Pennsylvania Avenue and Van Siclen Avenue East New York Began September 27, 1966 by NYCTA
B84 Spring Creek East New York Flatlands Avenue and Cozine Avenue East New York New route on June 30, 2013
Operated by MTA Bus Company
B100 Midwood Mill Basin Quentin Road, Fillmore Avenue, and 66th Street Far Rockaway (Sunday) and Spring Creek (Monday-Saturday) Began February 3, 1960 by Pioneer Bus Company; later operated by Command Bus Company until 2005
B103 Canarsie Downtown Brooklyn Avenue H, Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Expressway, 4th Avenue, and 3rd Avenue Spring Creek operated by Command Bus Company until 2005 Limited-stop service
Operated by Private Transportation Corporation
B110[1] Borough Park Williamsburg Fort Hamilton Parkway, 49th Street, 50th Street, and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Private franchised route, authorized by NYCDOT[2]

The following lines from other boroughs enter Brooklyn:

  • Queens: Q7, Q8, Q24, Q35, Q54, Q55, Q56, Q58/Q58LTD, and Q59
  • Staten Island: S53, S79, and S93LTD
  • Express: x27, x28, x37, x38, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, and BM5

Former routesEdit

Note that on December 11, 1988, some of the Brooklyn "B" routes primarily in Queens were redesignated as "Q" routes.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. New York City Department of City Planning, Greenpoint-Williamsburg Environmental Impact Statement, Chapter 17: Transit and Pedestrians, March 4, 2005
  2. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Signs Legislation Extending Franchises for Unsubsidized Buses (press release), June 30, 2004
  3. New York Times, All Aboard...Somewhere...for Subway Changes!, December 12, 1988, seciton B, page 1

External linksEdit

Route Major streets History
B5 Kings Highway Now part of the B82
B10 Marcus Garvey Boulevard (ex-Sumner Avenue), Lewis Avenue, and New Lots Avenue Now part of the B15
B15 Manhattan Bridge became an extension of the B63; now the B51
B18 Metropolitan Avenue, Morgan Avenue, Wyckoff Avenue, and Cypress Avenue
B19 Carlton Street and Adelphi Street
B21 Oriental Boulevard, Brighton Beach Avenue, Ocean Parkway, Avenue Z, and Emmons Avenue Now parts of the B1, B36, and B4
B22 Broadway and Atlantic Avenue Now the Q24
B29 Metropolitan Avenue, Kingsland Avenue, and Meeker Avenue Now part of the B24
B33 Hamilton Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Parkside Avenue, and Ocean Avenue
B34 Bay Ridge Avenue, 13th Avenue, and 86th Street Now part of the B1
B40 Broadway, Ralph Avenue, and Liberty Avenue Now part of the B47 on Ralph Avenue
B47 Empire Boulevard, Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn Avenue, Throop Avenue, Tompkins Avenue, and Division Avenue Now part of the B43 (other than on Division Avenue)
B50 Kings Highway, Flatlands Avenue Now part of the B82
B53 Grand Street and Metropolitan Avenue Now the Q54
B55 Myrtle Avenue Now the Q55
B56 Jamaica Avenue Now the Q56
B57 Flushing Avenue Now the Q57
B58 Fresh Pond Road, Grand Avenue, and Corona Avenue Now the Q58
B59 Grand Street and Grand Avenue Now the Q59
B72 Junction Boulevard Became the Q72 in 1961
B78 Ralph Avenue Now part of the B47
B84 Flatlands Avenue and Cozine Avenue Now part of the B6
B88 "Culture Bus Loop II" in Manhattan and Brooklyn
B23 Cortelyou Road and 16th Avenue Discontinued in 2010
B51 Manhattan Bridge Discontinued in 2010
B71 Union Street and Eastern Parkway Discontinued in 2010
B37 3rd Avenue Now part of the B70
B75 Court , Smith and 9th Streets Now part of the B57 and B61
B77 9th and Lorraine Streets Now part of the B61
New York City area surface transit
Major bus operators NYCTA/MaBSTOAMTA BusMTA Long Island BusSuffolk County TransitBee-Line Bus SystemNJ Transit
Bus routes BronxBrooklynManhattanQueensStaten IslandExpress/multi-boroNassauWestchester
MaBSTOA garages Bronx: Gun HillKingsbridgeMother Clara HaleWest Farms
Manhattan: TuskegeeManhattanvilleMichael J. Quill
NYCTA garages Brooklyn: East New YorkFlatbushFresh PondJackie GleasonUlmer Park
Manhattan: 126th Street
Queens: Casey StengelJamaicaQueens Village
Staten Island: CastletonYukonCharlestonMeredith
MTA Bus garages Baisley ParkCollege PointEastchesterFar RockawayJohn F. KennedyLaGuardiaSpring CreekYonkers
NYCTA maintenance facilities East New YorkZerega Avenue
Former major streetcar operators 2nd Ave3rd Ave8th & 9th AvesB&QT (BMT)LIEM&QNY RailwaysNY&HNY&LI
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Former streetcar lines BronxBrooklynManhattanQueensStaten IslandLong IslandWestchester
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