Cuomo: “Bus Bridge” Linking Manhattan and Brooklyn Coming Soon

A few quick takeaways from Governor Cuomo’s recently-concluded press conference on the recovery from Sandy:

  • There will be very limited subway service restorations tomorrow today tomorrow morning, on 14 of the MTA’s 23 lines. Nothing below 34th Street. That’s as specific as he got.
  • Of the seven flooded subway tunnels under the East River, three have been pumped, but presumably there will be no trains running in the tunnels for a while.
  • Streets will apparently be repurposed, to some extent, to handle the extra pressure (which is only expected to get more intense as power comes back online and more people resume their commutes). Cuomo said there will be a “bus bridge” linking Manhattan and Brooklyn, but specifics aren’t available yet. Update: The buses will run from Downtown Brooklyn to Midtown, which sounds like a Manhattan Bridge route.
  • Chuck Schumer said he’s going to press for 90 percent of the recovery costs to be shouldered by the feds, as opposed to the typical 75 percent.

Mayor Bloomberg has a press conference scheduled for 1:30, so we hope to have more specifics on the emergency surface transportation plans then.

Update 2: The Governor’s office has released a list of all subway and emergency shuttle bus service that will be operational as of 2 p.m. this afternoon tomorrow morning. There are three shuttle bus routes — two plying the Manhattan Bridge and one on the Williamsburg Bridge — filling some of the gaps in subway service:


All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue.

1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge

2. Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge

3. Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge

And here are the details on subway service restorations:


1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street.

2 trains will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square.

3 trains are suspended.

4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:

  • · Between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street
  • · Between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue

5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.

6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street.

7 trains are suspended.

42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.

A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:

  • · Between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station
  • · Between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.

B and C service is suspended.

D trains operate in two sections:

  • · Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops
  • · In Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street

E trains are suspended.

F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:

  • · Between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square
  • · In Brooklyn, between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X

G trains are suspended.

J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops.

L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway making all local stops.

M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.

N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.

Q trains are suspended.

R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops.

Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.


  • Ian Turner

    So I guess Cuomo’s finally held a meeting with the MTA chair, then?

  • BrooklynOdalisque

    Where is the pickup point for the bus stop Brooklyn to Manhattan, as all the bus maps by borough show no routes between the boroughs? THere is talk of this on the MTA webstie but no details of where the route will go. 

  • Jared T Rodriguez

    @Ben The Daily is saying that subway service will resume tomorrow and only limited regional rail will begin today. Any word?

  • Jared T Rodriguez

    Looks like the Daily is delayed with their reporting. 

  • The press release from the Governor’s office was off the mark. The subway service is coming back online tomorrow morning.

  • Clarence

    First Metro North train just left Grand Central!!!! (Live on NBC)

  • Therese Mageau

    Any idea what the schedule is for the shuttle buses operating between downtown brooklyn and manhattan? How often? How late do they run (both ways)?

  • AYO

    Exactly, what is the bus schedule? I have been searching the net and even called 311 and no answer.

  •  Does anyone think that the express bus between BK and Manhattan will have any stops along the way in downtown before 57th?

  • jkgal

    What is the charge for the shuttles?  Are they free?  And what will the routes be?  And…  whatever the commenters asked, below.  Thanks! 

  • Mike

    Daniella: The buses will stop at major crosstown streets.
    DOT just announced that the lower level of the Manhattan Bridge will be reserved for buses in both directions.

  • Mike

    Daniella: The buses will stop at major crosstown streets.
    DOT just announced that the lower level of the Manhattan Bridge will be reserved for buses in both directions.

  • Does anyone know where the pick ups for the Bus Bridge on the return trip will be?  I’m not sure why it’s so hard to find info on this.

  • Ian Turner
  • Paulinemoore75

    What time in the morning do they start?


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