Lorimer Street Line

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The Lorimer Street Line is a public transit line in Brooklyn, New York City, United States, running along Lorimer Street, Franklin Avenue, and Classon Avenue between Flatbush and Greenpoint. Originally a streetcar line, it is now the B48 bus route, operated by MTA New York City Bus' Grand Avenue Depot in Maspeth, Queens.

B48 bus route[edit]

The B48 bus route runs between Classon Avenue and Fulton Street near the Prospect Park subway station in Flatbush and Meeker Avenue and Stewart Avenue in Greenpoint via Lorimer Street, Franklin Avenue, and Classon Avenue at all times.

The route serves The Quadrangles, Lafayette Gardens, the Pratt Institute, Willoughby Walk, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Lindsay Park Houses, McCarren Park, and McGolrick Park. It also connects with the B24, B16 bus, B25, B26, B38, B41, B43, B44, B46, B49, B52, B54, B57, B60, B62, B65, Q54, and Q59 bus routes and the following subway stations:


The Greenpoint and Lorimer Street Railroad was incorporated on November 6, 1884[1] to operate along the New Williamsburgh and Flatbush Railroad (Nostrand Avenue Line) from the Broadway Ferry in Williamsburg southeast to Lorimer Street, and then north on Lorimer Street, east on Driggs Avenue, north on Manhattan Avenue, west on Meserole Avenue, north on Franklin Street, and west on Greenpoint Avenue to the Greenpoint Ferry; southbound cars would use Nassau Avenue to Lorimer Street.[2] In addition to the NW&F, this route used the tracks of several other companies: the Brooklyn Crosstown Railroad's Crosstown Line on Driggs Avenue and Manhattan Avenue, the Brooklyn City Rail Road's Greenpoint Line on Franklin Street, and the Bushwick Railroad's Bushwick Avenue Line on Greenpoint Avenue. The franchise was approved on February 26, 1885,[3] and the line was opened by August.[4] The NW&F soon leased the G&LS, and Lorimer Street cars were sent south on the Nostrand Avenue Line to Prospect Park.[citation needed] In July 1889 the Brooklyn City Rail Road leased them both,[citation needed] and rerouted all cars but one per day (to preserve the charter) from Meserole Avenue to Greenpoint Avenue.[5]

Beginning May 30, 1896, the Lorimer Street Line was extended southeast from Prospect Park along the Flatbush Avenue Line and new Bergen Beach Line to Bergen Beach during the summer season.[6][7] At some point, the line was extended to Park Circle via Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue.[citation needed] When the Franklin Avenue Line was discontinued on October 28, 1945, Lorimer Street cars were rerouted to cut west on the Flushing Avenue Line and south on Franklin Avenue to Prospect Park.[citation needed] The north end was rerouted to absorb the Nassau Avenue Line east of Manhattan Avenue, ending near Newtown Creek, when that line was discontinued the same day.[citation needed] Buses replaced streetcars on December 14, 1947, then were replaced with trolley buses from March 23, 1949 to July 27, 1960.[8] The route now runs northbound on Classon Avenue rather than Franklin Avenue; the south end was truncated back to the east side of Prospect Park. From 2010 to 2013 it was further truncated to Atlantic Avenue.[9]


  1. ^ "A New Railroad Enterprise". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 6 November 1884. p. 4. 
  2. ^ "The Aldermen". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 2 December 1884. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "The Aldermen". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 27 February 1885. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "First Accident on a New Street Railroad". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 28 August 1885. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "To Hold Their Charter". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 7 September 1889. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Better Service to Bergen Beach". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 29 May 1896. p. 2. 
  7. ^ "About Financial Brooklyn". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 3 January 1897. p. 25. 
  8. ^ Brooklyn Trackless Trolleys (NYCBus.org)
  9. ^ http://new.mta.info/press-release/nyc-transit/mta-new-york-city-transit-implements-bus-service-enhancements-2013