A New Bus Route for Brooklyn - Revive the cross-Gowanus B71 with a new link through Red Hook to Lower Manhattan

When the MTA made system-wide budget cuts in 2010, Brooklynites were hit hard. Ten Brooklyn bus lines were eliminated (more than any other borough), including the B71, which was a lifeline for seniors, students, and families along the Union Street corridor. Despite the economic recovery, the line was never restored, leaving riders stranded despite significant population growth along the route. Meanwhile, nearby residents of Red Hook remain in a transit desert, despite physical proximity to Manhattan.

To address these problems, riders are calling for a new B71+. The new route would:    

  • Provide a new connection from Red Hook to Lower Manhattan:  Red Hook is not served by any subway stop, and only by two local Brooklyn bus routes. A direct connection between Red Hook and Manhattan would make 90,000 more jobs accessible for Red Hook commuters within a one-hour transit zone.
  • Connect students, seniors, families, NYCHA residents, and people with disabilities to schools, businesses and cultural institutions:  Nine schools, three senior centers, multiple public housing developments, and some of Brooklyn’s best cultural centers would be served by this new route, which will bring better access and increased mobility to the students, aging communities and families of Red Hook, Columbia Waterfront, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Crown Heights.
  • Serve a growing population: Since the discontinuation of the B71, the population around the proposed new route has grown by 10.7%, much more than the increase in New York City or Brooklyn alone. This increase in the still-growing population has fed a demand for more transit, and even greater growth (and transit demand) may result from rezoning in Gowanus.

Sign this petition today to call on the MTA and DOTto revive the cross-canal B71 with a new link through Red Hook to Lower Manhattan.  

Coalition Partners:

  • Council Member Carlos Menchaca
  • Council Member Laurie Cumbo 
  • Council Member Stephen Levin 
  • Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon 
  • Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • Transit Workers Union Local 100 Transportation Alternatives
  • Riders Alliance  
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Prospect Park Alliance
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Brooklyn Public Library 
  • Fifth Avenue Committee
  • Community Board 6
  • StreetsPAC
  • Eileen Dugan Amico Senior Center
  • Park Slope Center for Successful Aging/Heights and Hills
  • Red Hook Initiative
  • Red Hook on the Road
  • Gowanus Alliance 
  • Park Slope Neighbors
  • Park Slope Civic Council 
  • Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID
  • Carroll Gardens Association
  • Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation 
  • The Children's School (PS 372)
  • The Brooklyn New School (PS 146)
  • Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
  • MS 51 
  • Summit Academy Charter School
  • Pave Academy Charter School
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