Rep. Maloney Urges MTA to Implement Express Bus Service from Williamsburg to Manhattan

Jul 9, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- Today, Congresswoman B. Maloney (NY-12) sent a letter to Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Patrick Foye calling for an express bus line from Williamsburg to Manhattan.

 

The request follows two previous letters the Congresswoman sent in support of a Brooklyn Community Board 1 (CB1) resolution favoring the route which received a unanimous vote.

 

In the request, the Congresswoman states that her constituents and all North Brooklyn residents would benefit from a regular and permanent express bus line to Manhattan, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak to ease overcrowding on the L train.

 

She writes, “the L train just cannot keep up with increased rider demand” and that “when trains do stop, they cannot accommodate the mass of people waiting to board.”

 

She posits that “using an existing bus line could mitigate some of the costs associated with implementing this interborough service,” and that the MTA could “extend the route of the normally underutilized B32 from Williamsburg into Manhattan using the Queens Midtown Tunnel or the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.”

 

 

Full text of the letter below and a PDF here.

 

 

 

Dear Mr. Foye:

 

I am writing to follow-up on my March 4, 2020 and June 9, 2020 letters requesting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) seriously consider implementing a bus route from Williamsburg to Manhattan.  This request was in support of a Brooklyn Community Board 1 (CB1) resolution, which received a unanimous vote (attached).

 

While I commend the MTA on the successful and speedy completion of repair work to the Canarsie tunnel, the L line from Brooklyn to Manhattan remains severely overcrowded.  Due to the ongoing need to practice social distancing to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, I think this route would merit consideration as part of the new bus lines being implemented by the City as part of the coronavirus response and City reopening.  Many residents have expressed a strong preference for busses over subways until the threat of the global pandemic recedes.

 

My constituents and all residents of North Brooklyn would benefit greatly from a regular and permanent express bus line from Williamsburg to Manhattan to ease the overcrowding on the L train.  As the North Brooklyn waterfront continues to develop, the L train just cannot keep up with increased rider demand.  Many straphangers who use the Bedford Ave stop report rush hour trains bypassing the station due to overcrowding on the trains, which only increases the crowding on that station’s platform.  When trains do stop, they cannot accommodate the mass of people waiting to board.

 

One suggestion is to extend the route of the normally underutilized B32 from Williamsburg into Manhattan using the Queens Midtown Tunnel or the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.  Using an existing bus line could mitigate some of the costs associated with implementing this interborough service.

 

On behalf of my constituents and CB1, I respectfully request that the MTA seriously study the viability of establishing a new express bus route between North Brooklyn and Manhattan, consistent with all applicable rules and regulations.

 

Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Shelby Garner in my district office at (212) 860-0606.

 

 

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