The Department of Transportation is working on a Select Bus Service for Utica Avenue. This will be the second SBS service for Bed Stuy — the first opened on Nostrand Avenue in 2013. Basically, SBS includes dedicated bus lanes and improved station amenities for faster, more frequent and reliable service. There are also pedestrian safety improvements made along the route.
This route will begin at Dekalb and Broadway and make stops at Gates Avenue, Halsey Street and Fulton Street before traveling into Crown Heights. You can see all the project details from the Department of Transportation here. The DOT’s plan also includes safety upgrades to the intersection of Fulton Street and Malcolm X — although it’s worth noting that the Community Board had concerns about those changes.
So what are the latest updated from this project? The DOT hopes to finalize the service plan this spring. The agency will also hold a public open house on Thursday, March 19th at 6pm at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Ballroom. (585 Schenectady Avenue, between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street.) Then this summer, the DOT will develop a corridor and implementation plan. SBS should officially kick off in late summer or fall, with the related pedestrian safety improvements phased in after service starts.