Dear Governor Andrew Cuomo & MTA President/Chairman Thomas Prendergast:
We, the undersigned residents of Gowanus, Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge, are demanding that 1) the B37 bus line be restored; 2) the Station Booths and Station Agents be restored in the south-bound stations on the N/R lines; and 3) elevators be installed along the N/R lines.
In 2010, the B37 line was cut. It was the only bus line in our area that serviced in close proximity to schools, work, places of worship, after school programs, daycare centers, Lutheran Medical Center, Lutheran Family Health Center Clinics and the surrounding senior centers. The elimination of the bus service adversely impacted the elderly, disabled, families, youth, and persons with chronic illnesses as they disproportionately relied on the bus to access their health ser-vices and traveling to city agencies in down-town Brooklyn.
Station Booths and Station Agents were also removed from the south-bound side of the N/R lines in our communities in 2010. We have found a correlation between the lack of Station Booths and a rise in assaults within stations.
Lastly, none of the stations along 4th Avenue, the major transit artery along in Southwest Brooklyn, have elevators. The lack of elevators impedes on the mobility of the disabled and elders in our communities.
As a result of these bus and subway service reductions and the failure of the MTA to install elevators, the people of our neighbor-hood have been severely inconvenienced. We depend on our buses and the N/R lines as our primary sources of transportation to carry out our daily activities, including traveling to work and school.
We are frustrated and tired with the MTA’s lack of concern for our community. These service cuts are completely unjust to the people of our neighborhood. As taxpaying citizens, we expect that the services due to us be established to meet our needs.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and MTA President/Chairman Thomas Prendergast, we respectfully petition that you fully re-store the B37 bus line and the Station Booths in the south-bound stations on the N/R lines, and that you prioritize the construction of elevators along the N/R lines.
Restore the B37 Bus Coalition Founding Members