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'B61' Film Pays Homage to Reviled Bus

The short film premiers tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The B61 bus line – as well as the riders who wait for it – is the major theme behind Michael Buscemi’s new short film, “B61,” premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, says the New York Daily News.

The 14-minute film centers around unhappy and aging Vincent (Buscemi – yes, the brother of Steve Buscemi), as he waits for a late bus with his neighbor Sal (Francesco Saviano), says the article. 

“When you’re waiting for a bus or train, you have the opportunity to meet someone,” Buscemi, a B61 rider himself, told the Daily News.

The film begins with Vincent becoming exasperated that the bus hasn’t arrived at the scheduled time, and when it finally drives up in the last scene, he remarks, “There’s a first,” says the article.

A December report by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) found , and it one of the city’s most overcrowded lines.

Happily for riders, it was announced last week that , and riders can see where the next bus is via smart phone or computer.

Patti April 20, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Instead of adding GPS why not add a couple more buses during rush hour?
ANONYMOUS April 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Gee Patti, wouldn't you think the MTA AND THE CITY could figure it out for themselves. Just add a few more buses....no, instead they will install GPS systems. How else will they find a way to waste our money. We must be geniuses..
mary April 22, 2012 at 01:53 PM
well looka here get rid of the 75 bus and golly gee the 61 is now late and crowded - who woulda ever thought that would happen - hmmmm i was a 75 rider who now has to contened with the 61 - so fu mta!
tim maguire April 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM
So the riders who can afford smartphones can go shopping when the bus is late while poor riders can continue to wait in the rain. Thank you MTA!
johnny vegas April 25, 2012 at 09:00 AM
i am from park slope, i now live in las vegas....so glad that i dont have to contend with the MTA & their nonsense anymore...

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