The MTA has just published their “draft plan” for the 2023 Brooklyn City Bus Redesign.
For the Crown Heights neighborhood, in addition to the Empire Blvd B43 city bus route, it adds a brand new bus route on Empire Blvd from Utica Ave to Flatbush Ave.
Residents of Empire Blvd pointed out to COLlive, that Empire Blvd has only one driving lane each way, like a regular residential street, and is too narrow to accommodate the busses.
Is also a commercial truck route designed by NYC with very large and dangerous trucks simply “passing through” the area, driving there day and night.
(There are other 2 lane each way streets in Brooklyn which can handle commercial trucks).
The MTA bus route on Brooklyn Avenue will be moved to Albany Avenue, thus causing traffic havoc on the already congested Albany Avenue in addition to taking away about 20 parking spots for 3 new MTA city bus stops along Albany Avenue from Eastern Parkway till Empire Blvd.
Many local Residents of the area stated that if NYC “feels” that Brooklyn Avenue is no longer in need of a bus stop, that is their choice and we welcome that.
Yes, a small amount of residents do use the MTA city bus, and it’s important to make the buses accessible to riders.
But it is very few and as a community, they don’t mind walking a block or two blocks to the bus stop. Just like residents don’t mind walking 5 or 10 blocks to the subway train. Not everything needs to be within a block, almost every Avenue in this neighborhood already has a full MTA City Bus route.
“This is just too many busses and bus stops. More than the neighborhood wants or needs,” a concerned resident said.
And the residents living near Albany Avenue, don’t want an MTA bus route taking away parking, causing a gridlock in the already traffic avenue, and causing a danger to the school children, both public school and private school children walking in the Albany Ave area by having large big busses obstructing views on an already heavy traffic street.
This is a “draft plan” and Community Board 9 with the MTA wants to hear the community’s input.
The community board 9 meeting with the MTA will be today Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30pm on Zoom.
Click here to join
Meeting ID: 872 2144 3989
All Crown Heights residents are encouraged to attend.
Local Crown Heights Residents have the option to submit a formal comment to the NYC MTA with any concerns you may have with these 2 new bus routes.
We also encourage local residents to join Community Board 9 (Community Board 8 for North Crown Heights) to become a member, as all these different projects go through the Brooklyn community board and we want our communities concerns to be heard.