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Rose Leads Brooklyn Delegation Push to Increase Federal Funding for South Brooklyn Buses

Reps. Rose, Nadler, Maloney, Clarke, Velázquez, Jeffries call for federal funding to improve bus safety and accessibility: ‘In light of recent and tragic accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles in Brooklyn, and Bensonhurst specifically, these improvements are critical to ensuring Brooklynites are able to get where they need to go, safely’

Brooklyn, July 11, 2019

Congressman Max Rose led an effort with fellow Brooklyn U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Yvette Clarke, Nydia Velázquez and Hakeem Jeffries in calling for the federal government to support a project to improve bus safety and accessibility in South Brooklyn.

“South Brooklyn is a particularly underserved area when it comes to public transportation,” wrote the Representatives to K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. “Not only are subway stations sparse when compared with other neighborhoods of New York City, but also the service on these lines are some of the worst in the MTA system. As a result, bus service is often the only reliable way for Brooklynites to get about their daily lives.”

The push for federal funding is in support of a New York City Department of Transportation project to increase safety and accessibility through the creation of 15 bus bulbs and 15 bus pads at priority bus stops in South Brooklyn along 86th Street and the Bay Parkway. The project also includes a trench restoration with full street reconstruction on 20th Avenue from 86th Street to Benson Avenue, and safety improvements at the intersection of Benson Avenue and 20th Avenue.

The letter continues, “This project will help to significantly improve safety and accessibility at bus stops currently located under an elevated rail line. At most of these locations, subway columns prevent buses from accessing the curb and bus riders are forced to wait for, board, and alight the bus in the middle of the street. This leaves bus riders vulnerable to collisions with vehicles and also results in bus stops which are inaccessible for the elderly and disabled, who may require the aid of the bus ramp/lift. In light of recent and tragic accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles in Brooklyn, and Bensonhurst specifically, these improvements are critical to ensuring Brooklynites are able to get where they need to go, safely.”

Full text of letter HERE.

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