Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Save our Buses!

Yeah!  The community came out to tell the MTA where to go and to stop the cuts to the B71 bus and all the bus lines slated to be restructured or totally eliminated next week. Kids came with signs saying where they take the B71: to schools, to doctors and dentists, to libraries, museums and parks. Representatives of the disabled came to remind the MTA how essential buses are for mobility. The rally was attended by residents and organizations from the Columbia Waterfront district, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Letitia James and representatives from Assemblywoman Joan Millman and State Senator Daniel Squadron's offices, all of whom represent areas served by the B71.  All hail to local resident Marta Heilborn who organized the rally and has gathered hundreds of signatures to stop the elimination of the B71. More good photos and details at the Word on Columbia Street blog including a student-made video on the importance of the B71 bus.

Further action: Write to Jay Walder, MTA Chairman and CEO, 347 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10017 to let him know what you think of these cuts.

 Councilmembers Brad Lander and Leticia James
Students from M.S. 51, P.S. 372, P.S. 58, The Brooklyn New School, Hannah Senesh, Berkely Carroll and many more take the B71 to school

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