Bus-tling! Avenue L gets B44 select stop

Commuters rejoice: Longtime bus riders were overjoyed at the news that dedicated-lane buses will soon return to the stop at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue L.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

Sometimes “L” can stand for “winner.”

The B44 Select Bus Service will begin stopping at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue L in spring of this year, Midwood and Flatbush pols announced on Feb. 10.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s decision to leave Avenue L — previously served by the limited buses the select service replaced — off the new trans-Nostrand line was a major point of criticism from residents when the B44 launched late last year.

“Every morning there are people waiting for over 20-minutes at the Avenue L stop for the local, and we watch four, or five mostly empty select buses pass by, one after the next,” said Jack Bojman, who used to catch the limited bus at Avenue L. “When the local finally arrives, it is usually too packed for anyone to get on.”

But Bojman and his fellow commuters will not be left out in the cold much longer.

“It is clear that residents of the communities we represent had lost critical stops along the B44 line, including at Nostrand and Avenue L, which has increased commute times for many,” Councilman Jumaane Williams (D– East Flatbush) announced Monday, along with Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay), Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (D–Flatbush), and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D–East Flatbush). “We were able to relay those concerns to the MTA and successfully lobby for this change.”

The B44 will also be adding a stop at Nostrand and Gates avenue.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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