Following Rose-led Push with Brooklyn Lawmakers, $9 Million in Federal Funding Awarded to Improve Bus Safety
Congressman led efforts to improve bus safety, accessibility for South Brooklyn buses
Brooklyn, November 24, 2019
Photos from press conference HERE.
Following a push by the Brooklyn Congressional delegation earlier this year, Congressman Max Rose announced at a press conference today that $9 million in federal funding was awarded improve bus safety and accessibility in South Brooklyn.
“Four months ago, we organized and called on the federal government to listen to the needs of local residents, and disburse grant funding to help us upgrade the South Brooklyn bus network—because the sad fact is that for too long we’ve been ripped off, forgotten and ignored,” Rose said. “I’m proud to announce that after our calls for action, the federal government stepped up and is providing $9 million to improve our bus system, increase accessibility, and ensure the safety of riders. We have so much more work to do, but this is a good start.”
Rose announced the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $9 million in federal funding to support 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 elevated trains of Southern Brooklyn are critical connectors, but especially at interchanges where riders move from MTA buses to the subway, we have long faced design challenges,” said Polly Trottenberg Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. “We thank Congressman Rose for his leadership and Brooklyn’s entire congressional delegation for their support of a number of critical project that will enhance service. The bus bulbs, bus pads, subsurface work and accessibility improvements will create a safer and improved experience for bus and subway riders.”
“I’m proud to have joined my colleagues in securing $9 million for bus improvements we need in Brooklyn,” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said. “The federal government has an important role to play in supporting infrastructure improvements and investment, and I am committed to improving accessibility and safety for bus riders.”
Earlier this year, 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.
Rose has made improving infrastructure and commuting times for Staten Island and South Brooklyn a top priority. Last month, Rose held a commuting town hall in Brooklyn, his fifth town hall of the year, and earlier this summer, Rose was joined by Brooklyn elected officials to call on all levels of government to do more to improve transportation, invest in infrastructure, and end the commuting nightmare South Brooklynites face on a daily basis.