A huge political discussion that is still infuriating the people of Brooklyn is the fact that many of the bus service lines have been changed. Not only have entire routes been rerouted, certain bus routes have been taken away all together. This has made getting around Brooklyn very confusing, especially for the elderly and disabled people who use public transportation on a daily basis.
When this news originally broke, there were many local town hall meetings which features such political staples in Brooklyn NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile and State Senator Marty Golden. Petitions were created and signed by thousands of Brooklyn residents to keep the MTA bus routes in tact. However, to much dismay, nothing was able to be done to save such routes.
For instance, the B 37 bus which runs along 3rd avenue in Bay Ridge used to take you from Shore Road all the way to Downtown Brooklyn, and vice-versa. Now, in order to make the very same trip you must switch to two or even three buses depending on where you are going. This not only makes it confusing for an elderly traveler, it also makes it more expensive. Although you can usually get a transfer for free to another bus, you must be fully educated as to which buses you are allowed to transfer to.
The B 70 bus which runs along 8th Avenue, when traveling from Bay Ridge to Boro Park does not allow you to transfer to the B 35 bus headed towards Kensington. It would be nice if there was a way to become more fully educated on this subject. Local Senators and Congressman should have meetings to explain these things to Brooklyn residents. If this is confusing for people who live in these neighborhoods, imagine how it must feel for people who are not familiar with the neighborhoods at all?
The B 23 bus which used to run along Cortelyou Road was taken away completely. This was a bus that would not only connect you to Flatbush Avenue, it was also the bus which took you to 60th Street where you were able to transfer to the B 9 bus that would take you directly to Kings Plaza Mall. Now, if the residents of Kensington want to visit the mall, they have to go all the way up to 18th avenue and catch the B 8 bus which takes them to Flatbush Avenue where they can transfer for the bus to Kings Plaza.
It’s important for these political figures to explain such changes to us. They all campaign for our votes when they are up to be elected. Maybe if they were more active in the community when major changes occur, we would be willing to vote for them come election day. This is why it is imperative for the local campaigners to become more involved in their communities.