Bus riders traveling through Brooklyn may have an easier commute in January 2010.

The 10-mile B61 bus route will be split into two bus lines in an effort to reduce passenger wait times and provide consistent service.

The B61 currently runs from Long Island City in Queens to Red Hook in Brooklyn. If the division is approved, the B61 will run from Red Hook to downtown Brooklyn and the new B62 bus line will travel from downtown Brooklyn to Long Island City.

B61 buses often fall victim to traffic on its route and, as a result, often arrives later than its scheduled times at bus stops. The bus route averaged about 18,000 riders each weekday and was the 40th busiest route in 2008.

The plan for the route division has been advocated by regional planners for years, but the MTA must first approve it before it can go into effect.

Last month, a passenger give birth to a girl on a B61 bus at Greenpoint and Manhattan Aves. in Brooklyn.