Dear D15 Friends:
Bring back the B71! The B71 was an important cross-Brooklyn bus line that was cut in 2010 due to budget cuts. This Thursday we're fighting to revive it. On Thursday, May 3, Brooklyn Children's Museum will host a free community event with singalong duo Stomp & Shout and local student rock bands from PS 39, MS 51 and MS 447 in order to help raise awareness about the campaign to bring back the B71. Join us - and don't forget to sign the petition!
The proposed route would extend into Red Hook, take the Hugh Carey Battery Tunnel to Lower Manhattan, return back to Red Hook, then proceed up the Columbia Waterfront and over to Prospect Park. Without this route, there is more than a mile between the nearest eastbound buses, the B61 and B65, large gap that could be filled by restoring service to Union Street. Furthermore, nearby residents of Red Hook remain in a transit desert, despite physical proximity to Manhattan.
The route would:
- Provide an essential connection between Red Hook and lower Manhattan, making 90,000 more jobs accessible to Red Hook commuters within a one-hour transit zone.
- Connect students, seniors, NYCHA residents, and people with disabilities to schools, businesses, and cultural institutions. Three senior centers, multiple public housing developments, some of Brooklyn's best cultural centers and nine schools would be served by this new route. Parents often choose preschools based on access to transit; this new route would increase accessibility to these high quality preschools and make families' commutes easier.
- Serve a growing population. Since 2010, the population around the proposed new route has grown by 10.7%, much more than the increase in New York City or Brooklyn alone. Despite the subsequent increased demand for more transit, no new transit capacity has been added. The rezoning in Gowanus will likely result in even greater growth and transit demand.
We hope to see you on Thursday!