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Better Transit Service - Because We Worked Together

I’m very pleased to report that the MTA – in response to our advocacy – is improving transit service in our neighborhood.

I’m very pleased to report that the MTA – in response to our advocacy – is improving transit service in our neighborhood.

As you’ve probably heard, the MTA has agreed to make the G train 5-stop extension to Church Avenue permanent. The G extension has increased the number of trains running along the Culver line through Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and connecting our neighborhoods to Downtown Brooklyn and North Brooklyn. Thousands of people raised their voice in support of Brooklyn’s “Crosstown Local,” and the MTA heard us.

In addition, the B57 bus (which now runs along Smith and Court Street), will be extended into Red Hook (past Smith/9th Street and down to IKEA), and more buses are being added to the route. That means another bus serving Red Hook, which desperately needs a second bus, and much less crowding on the B61 line, which often skips stops because buses are too crowded.

These victories are a direct result of work we did together. Last fall, my office (together with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Councilwoman Sara González) released the report Next Bus Please: Improving the B61 Bus, which outlined problems on the troubled bus line. Volunteers and staff from my office gathered hard data to back up what many constituents have been saying for a long time: that the B61 has not been serving its riders well. One of the things we called for was the extension of the B57, and now we have it.

This significant expansion in service follows several smaller improvements that have been made to the B61 bus line over the last year, including:

Unfortunately, these restorations do not restore service levels back to where they were a few years ago, since the MTA is restoring $18 million, compared to $50 million that was cut in 2010. Without the old B71 and B77, many in our neighborhoods still lack the transit options we need. New York needs to prioritize stable funding for transit, so we can restore these bus lines and avoid cutting transit in the future. Please sign this petition calling for restoration of the B71 bus, initiated by Assemblywoman Joan Millman. Working together, I hope we can soon restore the B71.

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Zarda July 20, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Brad: the B-37 bus is missed dearly. This vital 3rd Avenue bus route was cut by the MTA in 2010 and linked seniors (as I have now become) to downtown Brooklyn and transferred to other MTA buses. Losing mobility is devasting and haviong this bus removed a hardship. This bus traveled through diverse neighborhoods and vibrant (and newsworthy) Gowanus. It's time to get the B-37 rolling again!
Zarda July 20, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Brad: the B-37 bus is missed dearly. This vital 3rd Avenue bus route was cut by the MTA in 2010 and linked seniors (as I have now become) to downtown Brooklyn and transferred to other MTA buses. Losing mobility is devastating and having this bus removed a hardship. This bus traveled through diverse neighborhoods and vibrant (and newsworthy) Gowanus. It's time to get the B-37 rolling again! .
Mary A. July 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Can someone advise when the expansion of the B57 bus to Red Hook will occur? I have searched and cannot find a date. Thank you.
Anthony July 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Hey Brad, how about working on making sure the MTA doesn't hit us with another transit hike in 2-3 years? Work on that and then maybe I'll have a little respect for you sleazy politicians.
Pearl Shifer August 02, 2012 at 02:05 AM
how about more bus shelters so we don't have to stand in the rain waiting endlessly for buses that don't show up?

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