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MTA Now Offering B38
Limited-Stop Service

The NYC Transit Authority has begun implementing limited stop service on the B-38 Seneca/DeKalb Bus Line.

Paul Kerzner, RPOCA President announced that this TA improvement was made possible, in part, by the diligent work of new RPOCA Board member, John Maier, who is RPOCA’s representative on Queens County Board 5’s Transportation Committee.

“John has been working on limited skip stop service on the B-38 bus line for some time. The result of this service is that the commuting time, to and from, downtown Brooklyn, will be almost halved,” said Kerzner.

This B38 service applies during weekdays along Seneca, DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues, between the Flatbush Avenue extension and Seneca Avenues.

Here are the new schedules:

Toward Downtown Brooklyn (along Seneca & DeKalb Avenues from 6:45 a.m. to 6:25 p.m.), the B38 limited stops are: Seneca Avenue; Knickerbocker Avenue; Wilson Avenue; Myrtle/Central avenues; Broadway, Malcolm X Boulevard; Lewis Avenue; Marcus Garvey Boulevard; Nostrand Avenue; Bedford Avenue; Classon Avenue; Vanderbilt Avenue and the Flatbush Avenue Extension.

Toward Ridgewood (along Lafayette and Seneca Avenues, from 8:05 a.m. to 7:35 p.m.), the B38 limited stops are:

• on Fulton Street: Flatbush Avenue Extension, Lafayette Avenue.

• on Lafayette Avenue: Vanderbilt Avenue; Classon Avenue; Bedford Ave; Nostrand Ave; Marcus Garvey Boulevard; Lewis Avenue; Malcolm X Boulevard; and Patchen Avenue.

• on DeKalb Avenue: Myrtle/Central avenues; Wilson Avenue; Knickerbocker Avenue; Wyckoff Avenue and Seneca Avenue.

John Maier, RPOCA Board member who spearheaded this limited stop improvement on the B38 line, stated: “I am happy that the TA has been so responsive to our requests, and has acted to implement our recommendation in such a relatively short time frame”.

Kerzner indicated that as a result of RPOCA’s recent general meeting hearing on all Ridgewood bus line service as well as membership comments, John will be researching other ways of improving bus line service in Ridgewood.

He concluded, “ I am hoping John Maier is as successful in improving the Q-58 Maspeth/Corona/Main Street bus route service, as he has been with the B38 project.”

Editor’s note: According to a Nov. 8 article in the Times Newsweekly, plans for the B38 were first revealed at the Oct. 30 meeting of Community Board 5’s Transit Committee. At that meeting, MTA Director of Queens Planning Paul Gawkowski stated that bus routes become eligible for limited-stop service when the time between trains becomes five minutes or less during rush hour.

He added that the line was tested for limited-stop service throughout 2007.

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