B110 (New York City bus)

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b110
Overview
OperatorPrivate Transportation Corporation
Garage2nd Avenue Depot[note 1]
Began service1960
Route
LocaleBrooklyn
StartBorough Park 18th Avenue & 49th Street
ViaGowanus Expressway, Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, 49th Street/50th Street, Bedford Avenue/Lee Avenue, Prospect Expressway
EndTaylor Street and Lee Avenue (pick up), Bedford Avenue (drop off)/Lynch Street and Lee Avenue
Service
OperatesAll times except late nights
TransfersYes
← B103  {{{system_nav}}}   →
No service from 2 hours prior to sundown on Friday until nightfall Saturday due to Shabbat.

The B110 bus consitiutes a bus route between Borough Park and Willamsburg. Instead of the MTA, it is operated by Private Transportation Corporation under a franchise with the City of New York,[1] and is the only unsubsidized route operating in Brooklyn. It is classified as an express bus route due to having fewer stops and taking quicker routes on the Prospect Expressway, Gowanus Expressway, and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Buses on the B110 route do not accept MetroCard, instead requiring a contactless smart card that charges US$3.50 one-way, and has a fee of $5 deposit.[2]. They used to charge a one-way exact change fare of US$5.00.

Description[edit]

The route begins at 18th Avenue and 49th Street, and continues until it turns right at either 12th Avenue or continues and turns right on Fort Hamilton Parkway. Then the bus route continues along either 12th Avenue or Fort Hamilton Parkway. WIP[note 2]

History[edit]

The bus route started around 1960 by Marcus Pearlstein with some old rented 1948 PD 4101's. Then with UMTA funds he purchased 3 new TDH-5302's. At the same time he founded Private Transportation Corporation. Marcus died a year later after his son, Izzy, who was a mechanic, was crushed to death between two buses at the garage when an e-brake accidentally released. The company was then taken over and since owned by former bus driver Jack Marmerstein, one of the drivers who made it into the successful company it is.[3]

In October 2011, the B110 was reported in several New York newspapers to have signs requiring female passengers to sit in the back to avoid possible contact with men, as is considered necessary by some Hasidic Jewish groups in the area it serves.[4][5][6][7] The story was reported internationally.[8][9][10][11] On October 20, the New York City Department of Transportation said it would shut down the line if the gender separation was not discontinued,[12] and six days later, Private Transportation Corporation agreed to end this practice.[13]

As of 2013, Private Transportation Corporation no longer enforces the Hasidic custom that men and women sit apart in social situations. Still, most Hasidic men and women riders choose to sit apart from each other, and do not complain about segregation.[14]

Starting in mid-2021, the 5-dollar cash fare was replaced with a contactless smart card system, with a fare of $3.50 one-way, and a fee of $5 deposit.

Notes[edit]

  1. Name is unofficial, as there is no actual name for the bus depot.
  2. The route varies depending on streets and avenues.

References[edit]

  1. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Signs Legislation Extending Franchises for Unsubsidized Buses (press release), June 30, 2004
  2. "W"SBG B"P NEWS AND INFORMATION - New payment system". www.wbbpbusco.com. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  3. "Private Transportation partial roster". www.forumbustalk.info. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  4. Haughney, Christine (October 19, 2011). "At Front of Brooklyn Bus, a Clash of Religious and Women's Rights". The New York Times. New York City.
  5. Fermino, Jennifer (October 19, 2011). "'Back of bus' furor". New York Post. New York City: News Corp.
  6. Del Signore, John (October 19, 2011). "Women Riding Brooklyn's B110 Bus Told To Sit In The Back". Gothamist. New York City: Gothamist LLC. Archived from the original on October 20, 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Chavkin, Sasha (October 18, 2011). "Women ride in back on sex-segregated Brooklyn bus line". New York World. New York City: Columbia University.
  8. Dias, Elizabeth (October 21, 2011). "A New York City Bus Gives Women the Back Seat". TIME. New York City: Time Inc.
  9. "NY bus accused of sex discrimination". BBC News. London: BBC. October 21, 2011.
  10. Bradley Hagerty, Barbara (October 20, 2011). "Controversy Erupts Over Sex-Segregated Brooklyn Bus". NPR News. Washington, DC: NPR.
  11. Oster, Marcy (October 23, 2011). "Bus line franchise in jeopardy over gender segregation". Jewish Telegraph Agency. New York City.
  12. Ali, Aman (October 20, 2011). "New York may shut down bus service that makes women sit in back". Reuters. New York City: Thomson Reuters.
  13. Chavkin, Sasha (October 25, 2011). "Sex-segregation policy on Brooklyn bus line to end, operator pledges". New York World. New York City: Columbia University.
  14. Berger, Joseph (August 22, 2013). "Out of Enclaves, a Pressure to Accommodate Traditions". The New York Times. Retrieved September 29, 2015.