Does the MTA Want to Cut Crucial Bus Routes in Boro Park?
Will crucial bus lines, such as the B69 and the B103, which are key bus routes that serve our neighborhoods cut as part of the Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)?
“Let those bus routes not be taken from us,” urged Kensington resident Mike Rosenbluth, who spoke with great concern last night, at the public hearing of Community Board 12’s monthly meeting.
The B69 on McDonald Ave. and the B103, which goes all the way to the Flatbush Junction and Downtown Brooklyn could be among the 1,000 current stops in Brooklyn, many in CB12, that could get eliminated, Rosenbluth said.
Eliminating the B69 and the B103 would “significantly” and “severely” affect the Kensington neighborhood and Boro Park and other parts of Community Board 12, said Rosenbluth.
An MTA official, however, told BoroPark24 that the MTA is not taking away old routes, but merely re-naming them, as they work to improve Brooklyn bus routes.
“The B69 is a copy of the B67,” the MTA official said, “and the discontinued portion of the B69 will be served by the B67.
“In addition, the B69 will start at 20 Street/Prospect Park West and extend all the way to Greenpoint in the other direction, so you are actually getting better service.
“The B103 will be called the B81, said the MTA official, who claimed also provides better service.”
The MTA official added that the B55 will replace the B35 limited, “which during day hours previously never actually went into Boro Park, except for select trips.
Kayla Shults, the MTA’s media liaison said, that the current Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign Plan, which the MTA first released in December 2022, remains in its “draft” stages.
“The MTA continues to host public events and workshops to gather additional input from customers and Brooklyn residents,” said Shults, “This input will inform and shape the Proposed Final Plan.
As of now, the draft plans as they relate to the B69 and the B103 can be seen here: https://new.mta.info/project/brooklyn-bus-network-redesign/routes/b69-local
The redesign of the Brooklyn Bus Network is part of the MTA’s “larger effort to modernize New York City’s bus network and improve bus service: borough by borough,” Shults said. “We are taking a fresh look at the bus network, with the goal of meeting customers’ priorities: frequent service, faster travel, reliable service, better connections, and an easy ride.”
One new proposed bus route that Rosenbluth applauded was “a plan for a B55 bus to run along Church Avenue from McDonald all the way to Kennedy airport,” which can be seen here: B55: https://new.mta.info/project/brooklyn-bus-network-redesign/routes/b55-sbs
“That is a revolutionary idea,” Rosenbluth said with enthusiasm. “Why not extend that bus down 13th and 14th Avenues to Boro Park, and let this community be served as well?
“That is not a lot to ask: a limited express bus: all the way to Kennedy Airport, so that we also can avoid headaches, taxi fares, and extra expenses.”