Bring back our bus! Restore the B71 with a new link through Red Hook to Manhattan

Bring back our bus! Restore the B71 with a new link through Red Hook to Manhattan

Brooklynites were hit hard in 2010 when the MTA eliminated the B71, which ran along Union Street, and was a lifeline for seniors, students, and families.

To this day, every time I visit the Eileen Dugan Senior Center, they have a very clear message: “Bring back our bus!” Despite economic recovery and significant population growth along the route, the line has never been restored, leaving thousands of riders stranded.

Meanwhile, nearby residents of Red Hook remain in a transit desert, despite physical proximity to Manhattan.

That’s why neighbors are rallying to demand the B71+ -- a new bus route for Brooklyn that will revive the cross-Gowanus B71 with a new link through Red Hook to Lower Manhattan

If you agree, please sign the B71+ petition today.

The new B71+ route would:    

● Connect seniors, students, families, NYCHA residents, and people with disabilities to schools, stores, and Brooklyn’s cultural institutions: Nine schools, three senior centers, multiple public housing developments, and Brooklyn’s best cultural institutions (Brooklyn Museum, BPL Central Branch, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum) would be served by this new route. That means better access and increased mobility for residents of Red Hook, Columbia Waterfront, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Crown Heights.

● Provide a new connection through Red Hook to Lower Manhattan: Red Hook is not served by any subway stop, and only by two local Brooklyn bus routes. A direct connection between Red Hook and Manhattan would make 90,000 more jobs accessible for Red Hook commuters within a one-hour transit zone. And everyone along the route would gain a convenient new commuting route to Lower Manhattan.

● Serve a growing population: Since the elimination of the B71, population around the route has grown by more than 10% -- much more than the increase for NYC or Brooklyn overall -- but no new transit capacity has been added. The potential rezoning of Gowanus would mean even more demand.

We’re working with a great coalition of partners, including Congresswoman Velazquez, Assemblymember Simon, and Council Members Menchaca, Cumbo, & Levin, and community partners like the Eileen Dugan Senior Center, Gowanus Alliance, TWU Local 100, Transportation Alternatives, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and so many more (full list in petition).

But we need the whole community to rally with us to make this work. It’s no easy thing to restore a bus route, so we can only have a chance if we work together. Share this petition wide and far with your friends, family, and neighbors. And please join us on Friday for the kick-off rally.

Together, we can bring back our bus -- with a new link that makes it better than ever -- and restore a vital connection for our neighborhoods.

- Brad

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