Holding the Bus for Trains at Coney Island
March 07th, 2014
Late night/early morning customers transferring from subway to bus at Brooklyn’s Coney Island-Stillwell Terminal will benefit from a newly installed set of “holding lights” that will alert bus operators on the B36 and B82 routes when trains are arriving and to wait for transferring customers. The holding lights will be turned on Monday, March 10th.
The idea behind the lights is to provide an improved subway to bus connection during a time when a missed connection could turn into a lengthy wait. Located on the northeast corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues and in the Mermaid Avenue Bus Loop, the holding lights are coordinated with the arrival of Trains between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., seven days a week.
The bright yellow holding lights will affect the operation of Coney Island-bound B36 and Spring Creek-bound B82 buses. The lights are illuminated when the train approaches the station and stay illuminated for five minutes. Delaying the bus’ departure gives customers the time to walk the length of the platform and then down to the bus stop.
“Stillwell Terminal is an intermodal hub, a place that facilitates the transfer of riders between bus and subway,” said Darryl Irick, President, MTA Bus and Senior Vice President, NYC Transit Department of Buses. “These new holding lights will make certain that late night riders won’t miss the bus after they leave the train, helping to create as seamless a trip as possible.”