Crosstown Line (Brooklyn surface)

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This article is about former streetcar line that became part of Brooklyn and Queens Transit. For the current underground subway line of the Independent Subway System, see IND Crosstown Line.

The Crosstown Line is a public transit line in Brooklyn, New York City, United States, running along Van Brunt Street and Manhattan Avenue between Red Hook and Long Island City, Queens. Originally a streetcar line, it is now the B61 and the B62 bus routes. The northern section, the B62, is operated by MTA New York City Bus' Grand Avenue Depot in Maspeth, Queens, and the southern section is the northern part of the B61, operated by MTA New York City Bus' Jackie Gleason Depot in Sunset Park. The entire route was a single line, the B61, until January 3, 2010.

B61 bus route[edit]

The B61 bus route operates between Park Slope by Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School and Smith Street and Fulton Mall near the Jay Street – MetroTech subway station in Downtown Brooklyn via 9th Street, (encompassing the former B77 route and the southern half of the former B75 route; the northern half is now part of the B57), Van Brunt Street and Atlantic Avenue at all times. When the Grand Avenue Depot opened The B61 used to be based out of there and ran all the way to Long Island City Queens Plaza but on January 3, 2010 it got shortened to Downtown Brooklyn replaced by the B62 from Downtown to Queens. So in addition the B61 went back to Jackie Gleason Bus Depot.

The route serves Bishop Ford High School, IKEA Red Hook, Red Hook II Housing, Coffey Park, Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Criminal Court, the New York Transit Museum, the Brooklyn Civil Court, Borough Hall, St. Francis College, MetroTech Center, and the Brooklyn Civic Center.

In addition, there is a three-leg transfer available for MetroCard customers transferring between the B61 and B62 in Downtown Brooklyn.

B62 bus route[edit]

B62 stop at Jay St-MetroTech.

The B62 bus route operates between Schermerhorn Street and Boerum Place in front of the New York City Transit Headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn and Queens Plaza South and 28th Street near the Queensboro Plaza subway station in Long Island City via Park Avenue and Manhattan Avenue at all times. This bus replaced the B61 bus that originally went to the B62 Queens Terminal until January 3, 2010 when it Got shortened to Downtown Brooklyn. The B62 is currently based out of Grand Avenue Depot.

The route serves the Brooklyn Criminal Court, the New York Transit Museum, the Brooklyn Civil Court, Borough Hall, St. Francis College, MetroTech Center, the Brooklyn Civic Center, the Brooklyn Supreme & Family Court, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the New York City College of Technology, the Raymond Ingersoll Houses, Farragut Housing, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Commodore J Barry Park, the University Towers Houses, Fort Greene Park, the Walt Whitman Houses, Shaefer Landing, the Brooklyn Brewery, McCarren Park, the Hunterspoint Avenue Long Island Rail Road station, the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the Long Island City Courthouse Complex, and One Court Square.

In addition, there is a three-leg transfer available for MetroCard customers transferring between the B61 and B62 in Downtown Brooklyn.

History[edit]

The Nassau Railroad was incorporated in 1863[citation needed] with the power to build from the Hunters Point Ferry through Williamsburg to Flatbush, with a branch to the South Ferry.[1] The Greenpoint and Williamsburgh Railroad and Nassau Railroad merged in 1868 to form the Brooklyn City, Hunter's Point and Prospect Park Railroad, with the right to build from the Hunters Point Ferry to the South Ferry with a branch to Prospect Park.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Laws of New York, September 13, 1866, page 4
  2. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Railroad Consolidation, September 24, 1868, page 2