Wilson Avenue Line
|Wilson Avenue Line|
|System||MTA Regional Bus Operations|
|Operator||New York City Transit Authority|
|Garage||Grand Avenue Depot|
|Predecessors||Wilson Avenue Line streetcar|
|Start||Williamsburg – Williamsburg Bridge Plaza Bus Terminal|
|Via||Wilson Avenue, Rockaway Avenue|
|End||Canarsie – Wiliams Avenue and Flatlands Avenue|
|Daily ridership||9,753 (2015)|
|Fare||$2.75 (MetroCard or coins)|
|Cash||Coins only (exact change required)|
The Wilson Avenue Line is a public transit line in Brooklyn, New York City, United States, running along Wilson Avenue and Rockaway Avenue between Williamsburg and Canarsie. Originally a streetcar line, it is now the B60 bus route, operated by MTA New York City Bus' Grand Avenue Depot in Maspeth, Queens.
B60 bus route
The B60 bus route starts at Williamsburg Bridge Plaza near the Marcy Avenue subway station in Williamsburg. After the subway station, buses head north and use a number of streets through the neighborhood, eventually reaching the Morgan Avenue station on the BMT Canarsie Line. Buses then reach Wilson Avenue and run along the street, parallel to the Canarsie Line until it reaches Decataur and Cooper Streets, near the Wilson Avenue station. Then the route heads south down Decataur and Cooper parallel to the B20 bus, until it reaches Broadway, where the route now heads down Rockaway Avenue. South of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, the B60 enters Canarsie and turns onto Rockaway Parkway. At Rockaway Parkway and Glenwood Road is the Rockaway Parkway terminus of the Canarsie Line and a transfer point to several routes, including the B6, B17, B42 and B82. However, like the B17, the B60 does not have its own dedicated loop and northbound buses stop in front of the station entrance, while southbound service stops on Glenwood Rd at the B6 bus stand. At this point, the continues east along the B6 and B82 routes until East 108th Street, where southbound buses loop around the Breukelen Houses and ends Williams Avenue and Flatlands Avenue near the Breukelen Park. Northbound service follows the B82 route to Rockaway Parkway and resumes the regular route
The route serves the Lindsay Park Houses, the Williamsburg Houses, Maria Hernandez Park, Irving Square, Cemetery of the Evergreens, Howard Housing, the Langston Hughes Apartments, Van Dyke Housing, the Tilden Houses, the Floyd Patterson Ball fields, the Breukelen Houses, and Breukelen Park.
The B60 connects with the B6 Limited, B8, B12, B14, B15 to JFK Airport, B17, B20, B24, B25, B26, B35 Limited, B38 Limited, B42, B43, B44 and B44 SBS, B46 and B46 SBS, B48, B52, B54, B57, B62, B82 Limited, B103 Limited, BM2, Q54, and Q59 bus routes.
It also connects to the following subway stations:
- Marcy Avenue on the BMT Jamaica Line (J M Z )
- Hewes Street on the BMT Jamaica Line (J M )
- Broadway on the IND Crosstown Line (G )
- Montrose Avenue on the BMT Canarsie Line (L )
- Morgan Avenue on the BMT Canarsie Line (L )
- Central Avenue on the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line (M )
- Knickerbocker Avenue on the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line (M )
- Chauncey Street on the BMT Jamaica Line (J Z )
- Rockaway Avenue on the IND Fulton Street Line (A C )
- Rockaway Avenue on the IRT New Lots Line (2 3 4 5 )
- Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway on the BMT Canarsie Line (L )
- East 105th Street on the BMT Canarsie Line (L )
The line was built after 1897 by the Nassau Electric Railroad to gain access to Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan. The line began at Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway on the Canarsie Line and ran north and west along Rockaway Parkway, Rockaway Avenue, Cooper Street, Wilson Avenue, Morgan Avenue, Johnson Avenue, and Broadway to the bridge. Later, eastbound traffic from the bridge was rerouted to use the Bushwick Avenue Line (South 4th Street, Meserole Street, and Bushwick Avenue) to the crossing of Bushwick and Johnson Avenues, and westbound Bushwick Avenue cars were moved to the Wilson Avenue Line. Buses were substituted for streetcars on May 27, 1951.