The B71 back in 2010, before it was eliminated
Back in 2010: Protests to save the B71 bus route
Despite several protests and petitions by local residents and elected officials, the route was suspended in June 2010.
Efforts are now on the way to bring the B71 route back. An online petition addressed has been circulation this past week and a demonstration is scheduled for tomorrow, October 13th at 10:30 PM at the corner of Union and Smith Streets.
Below is an email on the subject by Councilman Brad Lander.
When the MTA eliminated the B71 bus route that ran along Union Street in June 2010, they cut a vital transportation link for our neighborhoods. Students lost their route to school. Seniors lost the bus that took them to the grocery store and shopping on Fifth Avenue. The link up to Prospect Park, the Library, and the Brooklyn Museum, or down to Columbia Street and Brooklyn Bridge Park was severed.
We fought hard at the time. Now -- with a growing number of families and businesses all along the route -- it's time to renew that fight.
If you agree that we need the B71 back, sign this petition and join the campaign.
Thanks to the work of advocates in our community, momentum is growing to bring back the route. Building upon the work of longtime advocates for the route, like former Assemblywoman Joan Millman, advocates in the Park Slope Civic Council led by Michael Cairl, with help from Community Board 6’s Eric McClure, and Community Board 8’s Rob Witherwax, are mobilizing to bring back the bus. Residents of the Columbia Waterfront, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Prospect Heights are organizing together (you can read about it in an article in this week's Brooklyn Paper).
Their new proposal for the route (see maps of Eastbound andWestbound service here) improves upon the old route by extending it all the way to Pier 6 on one end and to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on the other. The proposed route also avoids congestion along both Union and Eastern Parkway that led to the unreliability of the old B71, and would extend service later into the night. It’s a smart proposal. I support it, and I hope you do too.
Sign the "Bring Back the B71" petition to show your support!
This Tuesday morning, NY State Assemblymember Joanne Simon, along with State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Council Member Steve Levin, other elected officials, local community groups, and the TWU, is organizing a press conference for residents:
Bring Back the B71
Tuesday, October 13 at 10:30 AM
Corner of Smith and Union Streets
Please join the press conference if you can. Please sign the petition, and forward this e-mail to other interested neighbors. (In addition to showing growing support, we'll also make sure to keep you updated on other actions in the campaign).
Thanks for your help. Together, we can bring back this vital transit artery.
It will be interesting to see if the MTA is more receptive to the community's wishes, five years after the B71 was eliminated.