Lander Cheers More Frequent Service for B61 Bus

Lander Cheers More Frequent Service for B61 Bus

Following a string of improvements in response to December 2011 report and labor-community campaign, MTA adds additional service in AM, midday

Brooklyn, NY – City Councilmember Brad Lander applauded an MTA plan to add additional buses to Brooklyn’s B61 bus route, improving service during AM rush hour and midday. The changes will go into effect in April.

“This is the MTA’s fourth improvement for B61 bus riders in the last year,” said City Councilmember Brad Lander. “Riders, Transportation Workers Union Local 100, and elected officials worked together to push for these changes and the B61 is a better bus for it.”

With the additional buses, waits during morning rush hour will shrink from 9 minutes to 8 minutes and midday waits will shrink from 12 minutes to 10 minutes.

In December 2011, Councilmember Lander, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Councilmember Sara M. González, transit advocates, and local bus riders released the report “Next Bus Please: Improving the B61 Bus.” That report found that less than half — only 43%— of B61 buses arrived in an acceptable timeframe during rush hour and laid out nine cost-effective ways to improve the bus line to help riders connect to subway lines and commute to work faster.

Transportation Workers Union Local 100, which represents MTA bus drivers, worked with community organizations to mobilize workers and residents to push for greater service for the line.

This is the latest in a series of upgrades for B61 riders:

  • January 2012: MTA board voted to add buses to PM rush hour and make route changes to minimize delays.
  • June 2012: MTA added BusTime to the B61 bus, making it the second line in the borough to use the program that puts GPS devices on buses, which let transit riders use their cell phones and computers to find out where the next buses to arrive on a route actually are.
  • July 2012: MTA extends B57 bus line to Red Hook, bringing a second transit option to the neighborhood (previously served exclusively by the B61) and reducing crowding on the B61.

Councilmember Brad Lander expressed his thanks to the MTA for improved service and is looking forward to working with MTA and the DOT to improve transit service in Brooklyn.

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