Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Bus Terminal

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Williamsburg Bridge Plaza
New York City bus station
WBB Bus station jeh.JPG
Location Broadway & Havemeyer Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
Coordinates 40°42′36″N 73°57′38″W / 40.709971°N 73.960437°W / 40.709971; -73.960437Coordinates: 40°42′36″N 73°57′38″W / 40.709971°N 73.960437°W / 40.709971; -73.960437
Owned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Operated by New York City Transit Authority
Line(s) 7 Brooklyn routes, 2 Queens routes
Platforms 6 bus bays
Connections New York City Subway:
Marcy Avenue (NYCS-bull-trans-J.svgNYCS-bull-trans-M.svgNYCS-bull-trans-Z.svg)
Traffic
Passengers (daily) 150,000

The Williamsburg Bridge Plaza, sometimes called Washington Plaza[1] or the Williamsburg Bridge Transit Center,[2] is a major bus terminal located at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, one block west of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278). It is situated by the boundaries of Broadway, Havemeyer Street, Roebling Street and South 5th Street, south of the LaGuardia Playground. It contains six bus lanes and serves as a terminal for the many MTA New York City Transit Authority bus routes of Brooklyn and Queens that start and end their runs there.

This bus terminal is near the Marcy Avenue subway station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Marcy Avenue and Broadway, which is served by the J M Z trains.[3]

The bus terminal is one of three plazas at the foot of the bridge that constitute Washington Plaza, along with Continental Army Plaza and LaGuardia Playground across South 5th Street which are run by the Parks Department.[3][1][4]


History[edit]

The bridge plaza terminal has existed at least since the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge in December 1903, and possibly earlier.[5][6] The plaza originally served as a hub for surface trolleys, including those from Nostrand Avenue surface line and those that went over the bridge to Manhattan. In 1951, the New York City Transit Authority took operations of the lines, replacing them with bus routes and establishing the current bus terminal. The new lines including the current B39 route, and the B44 route which replaced the Nostrand Avenue line.[4][6][7][8]

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is planning to renovate this terminal. The project will bring new benches, a sleek, glass-paneled indoor waiting room, public restrooms and widened sidewalks to the eight bus lines serving in the terminal. The project was unveiled in October of 2013, with NYCDOT officials planning to begin construction in spring 2014 and complete the project in summer 2015.[9][10][11]

Local bus routes[edit]

Lane Route Destination
1 B39 Lower East Side, Manhattan
Delancey Street and Allen Street
Q54 Jamaica, Queens
170th Street and Jamaica Avenue
2 B60 Canarsie
Williams Avenue and Flatlands Avenue
B24 Greenpoint
Greenpoint Avenue and Manhattan Avenue
3 B46
Local and
Limited-stops
Kings Plaza Shopping Center
Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue
4 B44
Local
(Overnights only)
Sheepshead Bay
Knapp Street and Emmons Avenue
B44
Select Bus Service
Sheepshead Bay
Knapp Street and Emmons Avenue (full route)
or Avenue U and Nostrand Avenue
Broadway
and
Roebling Street
Q59 Rego Park, Queens
63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard
at 63rd Drive ( E   M   R  trains)
B32 Long Island City, Queens
44th Drive and 21st Street
at Court Square ( 7   <7>   E   G   M  trains)
B62 Long Island City, Queens
Jackson Avenue and Queens Plaza South
at Queensboro Plaza ( 7   <7>   N   Q  trains) and Queens Plaza ( E   M   R  trains)
Roebling and
South 8th Streets
B62 Downtown Brooklyn
Boerum Place and Livingston Street

Lanes 5 and 6 are being rebuilt as of 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Waite, Thomas L. (February 20, 1989). "About-Face for 'Valley Forge' Statue? Maybe.". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nostrand Ave. Trolley Makes Way for MTA New York City Transit Select Bus Service". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York). October 10, 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Williamsburg & Bedford-Stuyvesant" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York). 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Williamsburg: More Than Just a Bridge: Community Crossroads". Newspapers.com. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 8, 1951. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Woodruff, Clinto Rogers (March 1905). "Notes on Municipal Government. The Activities of Civic Organizations for Municipal Improvement in the United States: A Symposium". Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 25 (City Life and Progress): 157–199. 
  6. ^ a b "Buses Replacing Nostrand Ave. Trolleys; Horsecars Opened Flatbush Line in 1882". nytimes.com. The New York Times. March 31, 1951. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Public Notices". Newspapers.com. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 21, 1949. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Rivera, Phelix (August 17, 1953). "Letters to the editor of the Eagle: Pleads for Fare Slash On Williamsburg Bridge". Newspapers.com. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Meredith Hoffman (October 10, 2013). "Transit Hub by Williamsburg Bridge to Get New Restroom, Waiting Area". DNAinfo.com. Retrieved November 2013. 
  10. ^ Tanay Warerkar (October 11, 2013). "City unveils plans for bus plaza near Williamsburg Bridge". NY Daily News. Retrieved November 2013. Will bring indoor waiting room, restrooms, better lighting, benches and more to barren concrete plot that services nearly 200,000 riders each weekday. 
  11. ^ NYCDOT (June 19, 2012). "Nostrand Avenue / Rogers Avenue Select Bus Service" (PDF). nyc.gov. NYCDOT. Retrieved November 2013. p.14 Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Construction