Golden to Try and Save Overnight B31

Seems like instead of complaining Senator Golden is offering a decent solution to restore overnight bus service to Gerritsen Beach.

Senator Golden is proposing re-routing one B3 bus per hour down Gerritsen Avenue and then have it continue back along its regular route.

The east bound B3 currently travels past Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue U, and it is being proposed that at this point, it could turn south bound and go the 1.4 miles to the end of Gerritsen Avenue, stopping in the B31 bus stops. Upon reaching the end of Gerritsen Avenue, the bus could then turn around and return to its regular route.

SENATOR GOLDEN OFFERS MTA SOLUTION TO SAVE OVERNIGHT BUS SERVICE IN GERRITSEN BEACH

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has
sent a letter to Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Jay Walder
offering a solution to offset the proposed termination of overnight bus
service on the B31 in Gerritsen Beach.

Senator Golden is asking the MTA to consider re-routing the B 3 bus
overnight so to include a portion of the B31 route that is slated for
elimination. The MTA budget, as adopted, calls for the elimination of this
service which is the only means of public transportation into and out of
Gerritsen Beach as there is no train service. The elimination of overnight
service will leave people stranded in this Brooklyn community.

Senator Golden has proposed re-routing one B3 bus per hour down
Gerritsen Avenue and then have it continue back along its regular route.
The east bound B3 currently travels past Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue U, and
it is being proposed that at this point, it could turn south bound and go
the 1.4 miles to the end of Gerritsen Avenue, stopping in the B31 bus
stops. Upon reaching the end of Gerritsen Avenue, the bus could then turn
around and return to its regular route.

Senator Golden stated, “The cut to the overnight service on the B31
is going to severely impact the quality of life of residents of Gerritsen
Beach. This plan is a big mistake, as it will trap people in a community,
and strand residents who are traveling to or from work in the early morning
hours of the day, or for other reasons requiring bus service.”

Golden continued, “I hope that the MTA will take my suggestion and
put it into effect if this cut is to be implemented at the end of June.
This proposal would assist the commute of those traveling to and from the B
and Q trains to Gerritsen Beach and at almost no cost, can this service be
implemented. If the MTA does eliminate overnight service on the B31, I am
sure this re-routing of the B3 will be welcomed as an alternative.”

5 comments to Golden to Try and Save Overnight B31

  • snoreasaurusrex

    To save money, how about running a smaller van in the early hours? According to the report I saw there would only be about 3-4 people affected and the smaller van would be much cheaper to run.

    The proposal sounds great, however the B3 buses are usually late, are crowded and take longer to move due to the narrowness or Avenue U.

    • Anonymous

      Have you ever seen a “smaller” city bus ?
      I don’t think the B3 is that crowded during the overnight hours nor should it be running late
      Its a good idea but the MTA will say something against it since they’ll have to adjust the time tables for the route
      Good thinking Marty

    • The biggest expense is the driver, not the gas. Also, the MTA currently does not have any vans for passenger use.

  • Diogenes

    Wishful thinking out loud is about as good as it gets during an election cycle!

  • Marty Golden’s suggestion is excellent. But why didn’t he propose it at the public hearing?

    At the most it would add a negligible of time to the schedule. The biggest problem is that it would mean a change of policy which is to run a different routing system during nighttime hours. This is done in other cities and there is no reason why it could not be done here.

    The MTA needs to think outside of the box. Similarly the MTA could also provide nightime B2 service in Marine Park without any added costs by rerouting the B46 between midnight and 6 AM from Kings Plaza to the Kings Highway Station, since no one travels to Kings Plaza during those hours, but there is a need to get to the Kings Highway Station.

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