In 2010, the B-71 Bus Route was one of 10 routes cut from Brooklyn due to budget cuts and low ridership. The bus connected East and West Brooklyn along Union St, crossed Grand Army Plaza and ran all the way into Carroll Gardens. While the route had low-ridership, it was an important route for seniors, youth, and families that lived along the corridor.
The economy has recovered, and yet the B-71 has still not come back. Councilman Brad Lander’s office has launched a campaign to bring it back, and has added a connection from Red Hook to Manhattan. If you would like to support the campaign that is backed by over 30 organizations and council members, please sign the petition here: http://bradlander.nationbuilder.com/petition_b71
Once the petition reaches 2,000 signatures (we’re at about 1,900) it will be delivered to an MTA board meeting by all of its supporters! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for consistent updates about this campaign.