I personally find the current diversion that the B49 takes completely unnecessary. Before it went straight up Sheepshead Bay Rd and then around Avenue Z which accomplished the same purpose so why was it necessary to re-route that segment of the Northbound B49??
The MTA felt there were too many accients with buses going in two directions on Sheepshead Bay Road or there were too many conflicts at E 15 Street and accidents there so they changed the routes. I did not see their data. As usual we have to take the MTA's word for their decisions.
20 minutes indeed. I could have sworn I wrote that the B49 would no longer serve SB station if it looped via Nostrand to transfer to the B44 SBS.
Maybe you did and maybe you didn't. It's not really important. I don't think you can just eliminate the diversion to Sheepshead Bay Station. You would be cutting the headway in half for people from Manhattan Beach to access a subway station. Also a few people take the bus southbound a few blocks to access the station. More important, you would be placing an extra load on the Brighton Beach Station and would have to add more B1 shuttles which cannot turn around until West 2nd Street and that costs money too.
And how are 10 minutes being added if it follows the loop I described and makes no stops between E 14 or Ocean and Nostrand? Is there some traffic on Emmons or service road between Ocean and Nostrand that I do not know about?
Most of the time there is little traffic, but of course there are exceptions. I don't think assuming 5 minutes from Ocean to Nostrand and five minutes back is assuming to much, even without stops. I think you have an unrealistic opinion of bus travel times when there are no stops. There are the traffic signals and speed limits and every time the bus will make a turn he will miss a signal. Even if it is 8 minutes and not 10, it is still too much.