Joint Effort Underway To Reinstate B64 Service To Coney Island

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Source: MTA.info

Local elected officials and straphangers have joined together in a fight to reinstate B64 bus service between Bensonhurst and Coney Island.

The shortened route, which took effect in June 2010, is part of what transit experts like Allan Rosen say is a concerted effort by the MTA to eliminate Southern Brooklyn bus lines by gradually reducing service (and therefore ridership) in the name of efficiency.

News 12 reports that Assemblyman William Colton and the Bensonhurst West End Community Council are leading a joint effort to put a stop to what some Bensonhurst residents say is a unnecessary inconvenience.

From News 12:

Residents also point out that the stop is outside a co-op that houses 360 families. The next-closest bus stop for those 1,500 residents is 10 minutes away.

Colton says, “The money they’re saving is a very short-term saving to the MTA. Very little compared to the damage they are doing to the quality of life of the people of this neighborhood.”

Despite the public outcry, including a petition started by residents, the MTA says that it’s not planning on bringing back B64 service to Coney Island. The authority currently recommends a time-consuming transfer to the B82 at Bay Parkway.

  • R.

    We need the B64 bus back we have lots of seniors that can’t walk that far to get the B82 bus. The wait for the B82 bus is long sometimes as long as 20 – 30 mins. The bus stop along Cropsey Ave starting from Bay 49th Street there are no bus shelters or seat for the elderly seniors to sit while waiting for the B82 bus. Car Service is too expensive also.

  • Paulslipton

    The MTA is totally unresponsive on the B64 issue, which is of crucial importance to the many seniors, students and disabled along the previous route. If the MTA is not listening to its riders, then maybe it’s time for the City to take over the MTA!!

  • Carl

    To bring back the B64 NYCT would need to cut somewhere to pay for this route extension. NYCT should cut back the B82 route to operate only from Pennsylvania Avenue to Bay Ridge Parkway/Bay Parkway and give an additional third) transfer to the B6 bus which would save funds to extend the B64 back to Coney Island via Harway Avenue & Stillwell Avenue plus also extend some B6/B6 limited buses to Coney Island via Cropsey Avenue.

    • BrooklynBus

      Not a good idea to cut the B82 and reduce 50% of Bay Parkway service without a detailed study route usage and origins and destinations. Perhaps, some B6 trips could be shortened to Kings Highway to pay for restoring the B64,but that also depends on how well the B6 is used on Bay Parkway, You don’t want to unreasonably increase bus crowding or make waits unreasonably long.