Yesterday afternoon, local residents took part in a rally to save the B71 bus, which will be eliminated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority on June 27th as part of the agency's cost saving measure. The B71 connects this community to Park Slope and is used by many school children, the elderly and handicapped.
Standing at one of its stops on Union Street at the corner of Smith Street, the protesters were joined by New York City Council Members Letitia James (35th District) and Brad Lander (39th District.) Representatives of Assemblywoman Joan Millman and of State Senator Daniel Squadron were also on hand, as was Doug Biviano, NYS Assembly Cadidate
Holding up signs which read "I take the B 71 to the Botanical Gardens/ the Brooklyn Museum/ the Park" politicians and residents pleaded with the MTA to reconsider the service cut.
The B71 will stop running on Monday. It is unlikely that the MTA will change its mind before then. However, it was impressive to see such a large group come out to protest the elimination of a bus route. And maybe, as Councilman Brad Lander told the protesters, it may not be a done deal yet.