Relatively little hub-bub over the drastic recent cuts to bus and subway service, but we did see this piece in the Courier Life Papers:
Bus lines rumbling through Red Hook, and throughout brownstone Brooklyn in general, will see a good deal of restructuring — and in one case, outright elimination, saving the agency a total of $3 million.
The B61 & B77 buses will combine, creating one (super-congested? how reliable?) single way of getting to Red Hook with mass transit. To be continued, for sure…
As a Crown Heights resident who makes the trek to Red Hook every day, there could be almost no more welcome news from the dark, confusing word of the MTA (exceptions: “subway price back to $2!” “Teleporation introduced on the 4/5”).
The B61 bus, as I saw reported by Jess of “The Word on Columbia Street,” (who, in turn, it seems, got the word from CB6 District Manager Craig Hammerman) may soon be the B61 and B62. The current B61 would be chopped in half in downtown Brooklyn, leaving one line to service downtown to Red Hook, and another from downtown to Greenpoint.
For anyone who’s ever waited 25 minutes for a bus at 8:30am on a weekday (“I was supposed to be on time”), this seems like a promising change. Before you (or I) get too excited, though, keep in mind- the MTA board still has to approve the plan some time later this month.