The B61 is getting split it in two starting this weekend! Starting Sunday the route will be split in to two shorter routes, the B61 and the B62, which NYC Transit says will increase service reliability.
Currently, the B61 route is 9.7 miles long, running from Brooklyn’s Red Hook to Queens Plaza. NYCT President Thomas F. Prendergast says dividing the long, cumbersome route into two shorter routes will make it "easier to supervise and more manageable to operate."
The new B61 route will travel between the Ikea Terminal in Red Hook and Downtown Brooklyn (Smith Street and Livingston Street), while the northern B62 route will link Downtown Brooklyn (Boerum Place and Livingston Street) and Queens Plaza (PDF). The latter will be rerouted past the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Bus Terminal — which will allegedly allow a Transit dispatcher to monitor the route. It will also allow easier connections to the Marcy Avenue subway stop, and the six other bus routes at the terminal.