The MTA unveiled plans this week to restore or expand service on nearly 40 subway, bus and commuter rail lines, says the New York Times.
The plans include the permanent extension of the G train to Church Avenue, the restoration of B39 bus service over the Williamsburg Bridge, and the extension of M9 bus service to Battery Park City and B57 bus service into Red Hook, says the Times.
The article also says that for the first time since 1999, new bus routes will be added, including north-south service along the Far West Side of Manhattan; a line connecting Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Vinegar Hill and the Brooklyn Navy Yard; and another with service to western Hunts Point in the Bronx.
The new lines will be running by September 2013.
“As the New York metropolitan region grows, the MTA’s 8.5 million riders increasingly rely on transit not just for commuting, but for getting around at all times for all reasons,” said Joseph Lhota, the agency’s chairman said, in a statement.
The Times says that the projects will be financed in part by increased ridership, which the MTA says is at it’s highest since the 1950s.