Flatbush Avenue, one of Brooklyn’s heavy traffic corridors, may adopt a new bus lane along its 10-mile route if advocates, local pols and the Department of Transportation (DOT) approve.
Planning and community outreach began with a NYC DOT Bus Priority Improvements Kick-off Meeting, via Zoom, on Thursday, June 30th, to discuss the proposed lane with riders and local residents.
The B41 had the second highest annual ridership of any bus line in Brooklyn during 2020, with 7.4 million riders and an average weekday ridership of 22,553, according to MTA statistics.
The DOT and MTA kicked off the ambitious bus priority projects, with the goal of making Flatbush Avenue better for bus riders and pedestrians, by reducing delay times and congestion. Flatbush Avenue was identified as a 2022 project location in the Streets Master Plan.
The bus lane would stretch along the corridor, from Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn to Avenue V in Marine Park, a spokesperson said, marking the beginning of its planning and outreach efforts.
DOT plans to hold community outreach sessions through the end of 2022 and into 2023, with the establishment of design implementation in 2023.