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Does Park Slope Need Better Public Transportation?

After Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, funding for better city public transportation looks grim.

In his State of the State Address on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to “improve or replace more than 100 bridges,” build a new Tappan Zee Bridge and repair 2,000 miles of roads, but did not promise anything concrete for improving the city's public transportation.

According to the Straphangers Campaign, over the past three years New York City has suffered the worst service cuts and fare hikes in recent memory: 36 bus routes and 570 bus stops have been eliminated and two subway lines have been axed.

The Park Slope area has seen the elimination of the B71, B75 and B77 buses and the B61 route, which was elongated to help ease the burden of commuters who relied on the now defunct buses, .

Service to 15th Street-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Parkway on .

Service in both directions on the same trains at Smith-Ninth Street station has also been suspended until this spring.

“Investments by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority help protect the reliability of the transportation network that supports the metropolitan New York regional economy and 8.5 million riders a day,” Cuomo said during his speech. “MTA capital investment is also a major driver of economic activity and infrastructure development…We will continue to work with the Legislature to support the MTA capital program, not only for the system’s 8.5 million daily riders, but also for manufacturing in the state.”

But Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, an organization that advocates better public transportation, walking and bicycling throughout the city, said Cuomo has left New Yorkers without sufficient and affordable public transportation.

“The State of New York’s public transit is poor,” said Steely White. “From Buffalo to Brooklyn, New Yorkers are losing affordable public transit options because of the fare hikes and service cuts that are the result of a chronic lack of transit funding. To protect businesses and jobs in this state, Governor Cuomo would do well to consider the millions of businesses around the state that are wed to transit.”

He continued: "Fully funding public transit not only helps get millions of people to work every day, it creates good-paying jobs for New Yorkers.”

bkfam January 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Investments should be made in providing better public transportation in 2-fare zones. We moved from a 2-fare zone to the slope primarily for better public transportation. The station closings are temporary and are for rehab projects that will serve the community long term. some of the defunct bus lines travelled thru residential streets which added to noise pollution especially at night. The only issue that needs addressing is better on time service for the b61. I swear slopers are complete whiners. Try living in other parts of the city where the only public transportation are express buses. Grow up!
bkfam January 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I forgot to include in my above comment that in addition to better service for the B61, there should be less weekend subway closures.
Matthew Weinstein January 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Until we understand that skewed spending priorities in Washingfton, which favor trillion dollar wars and bloated Pentagon budgets, result in enormous shortfalls to our cities and states we will perpetually be on a treadmill of fighting for "crumbs" for our vital services - be it for mass transit, schools, day care, postal service or whatever. In addition to making demands on the Cuomos and Bloombergs to enact fair taxation that makes their rich backers pay their fair share of revenue so we can have the services our communities need, we also need to come together to demand our Congress fund our states and cities by adopting new priorities - away from endless (and super-costly) wars and enormous, annual war budgets. I note that both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand both voted, once again, for the obscene, 662 billion dollar 2012 NDAA (Pentagon budget). To their credit, 4 of 6 Brooklyn Congress members voted against it, realizing that it truly robs our city of money needed for urgent services. Our Senators need to hear from us. They should be voting for the 99 per cent of us during this era of cutbacks. Call them to demand new priorities in Washington: (877) 762-8762. Matthew Weinstein Brooklyn For Peace
Zarda January 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Some Slopers may 'whine' but most definately do not! As a 64 yr old woman who easily walked 3 miles on weekdays and 6 on weekends, in the workforce for over 50 years plus raising 2 children and now finding myself with limted mobility, bus closures now are an inconvenience both monetarily and physically. Hundreds of people from many neighborhoods (passing through Park Slope) took buses to visit doctors, dentists, etc etc etc. I personally resent your tone and sentiments. Possibly research before your fingers type?
Kathy H. January 05, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Regarding public transportation in Brooklyn, when the bus that ran along Union St. was eliminated, we stopped going to the Cobble Hill movie theater, and now go to the Brooklyn Museum only rarely. My husband is not good with walking long distances or taking stairs, so we used to take this bus. So both the museum and theater have lost our patronage. Restore Union St. bus service! Kathy
Parksloper January 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Matthew, who wouldn't want these crumbs: As reported by the State Education Department, New York spent an estimated $53.7 billion on public schools in 2008-09. and they're still turning out idiots. Over bloated Unions is more like it. How long is the BQE going to take to be completed. It's been under construction since the 70's. It's been over 10 years and ground zero is not completed. During the depression the Empire State Bldg took 18 just months. There is too much red tape, took many gov't agencies involved.

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