MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow today announced additional bus service to Battery Park City that will begin on Monday, November 12, adjusting three bus routes that serve lower Manhattan in order to provide critical surface transportation to southern Battery Park City.
Mr. Kalikow said, "The need to restore transit service to the people of Battery Park has been a major priority of Governor George Pataki and the MTA since the events of September 11th. We are pleased to restore as much service as possible, as soon as possible, to this important downtown area."
James F. Gill, Chairman of the Battery Park City Authority said, "I am delighted with the extraordinary spirit of cooperation that has been displayed. The people who live and work in Battery Park City are extremely grateful to be able to resume some semblance of normalcy."
The local route M9 which had been running to Park Row by City Hall will be diverted from East Broadway to St. James Place, Pearl and Water Streets and run to Battery Place via State Street and will terminate at South End and Thames Street in Battery Park City. The M9 will run weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. and between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekends.
The express route X90 is being restored to service and will exit the FDR at Wagner Place and run along Pearl and Water Streets to its terminal point at Battery Place and West Street. The X90 will run its normal hours of operation: southbound service on weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and northbound service weekdays between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The express route X25 will be restored to operation but will exit the FDR in lower Manhattan and serve the northern part of Battery Park City from Chambers Street, running south on River Terrace and looping north on North End Avenue. The X25 will run weekday service southbound between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and northbound service between 3:25 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. The X25 does not run on weekends.
Over the last three weeks, the MTA has restored service on the M20 and M22 routes to northern Battery Park City with connections to the 1/2 at Chambers Street, the A/C at Chambers Street, the J/M/Z at Chambers Street, the N/R at City Hall, and the 4/5/6 at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.