We told you this morning that Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo wrote the MTA, and now we’ve found out that State Senator Marty Golden has followed suit. Joan Byrnes, Director of Community Affairs for Golden, left a copy of the letter as a comment to our original article about B service termination. We’re putting it up front for everyone to see:

August 10, 2009

President Howard H. Roberts Jr.
MTA New York City Transit
2 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Dear President Roberts, Jr.,

The recent news of the cuts in service on the B line for two years has caused great concern and disappointment within my district. I have seen complaints on the local blogs and have received them at my office as well. I hope that we will be able to work together to accommodate the riders of this line. While they are thankful to have the repairs take place, the everyday necessity of their commute continues to exist, and the extreme nature of these cuts is causing a major disturbance.

I ask that you consider the possibilities available before making such a cut that will severely inconvenience thousands of riders. Making express service possible during rush hours is the best way to calm the concerns of the people. Two years is too long to deny the residents a service they count on and continually pay into! I sincerely urge you to find a middle ground so that the MTA and the commuters on the Brighton line can both benefit.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further please contact my Director of Community Affairs, Joan Byrnes at 718-238-6044 or jbyrnes@senate.state.ny.us. I remain,

Sincerely Yours,

Martin J. Golden

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  • tim

    I comment Joan Byrnes for providing State Senator Golden’s letter dated 08.10.09 to ‘Sheepshead Bites” for posting… We can read how the Senator is aware of our communitys concerns and the formal action he has taken…
    So, I suggest again. Why doesn’t the Community Board 15 Chairperson request this website post her letter to MTA?
    What about Community Board 15 taking a leadership role? The board could make a effort to better inform the Community and riders of the B train. Invite the MTA and all the elected official and the community to a Town Meeting. Hold this meeting on a date, time and location where the daily riders can attend.
    We need to all get on the train, find who can be the conductor and remember… “Yes We Can”!

  • tim

    I comment Joan Byrnes for providing State Senator Golden’s letter dated 08.10.09 to ‘Sheepshead Bites” for posting… We can read how the Senator is aware of our communitys concerns and the formal action he has taken…
    So, I suggest again. Why doesn’t the Community Board 15 Chairperson request this website post her letter to MTA?
    What about Community Board 15 taking a leadership role? The board could make a effort to better inform the Community and riders of the B train. Invite the MTA and all the elected official and the community to a Town Meeting. Hold this meeting on a date, time and location where the daily riders can attend.
    We need to all get on the train, find who can be the conductor and remember… “Yes We Can”!

  • http://www.flickr.com/paypaul Paul

    The MTA follows that “yes we can” phrase with gusto.
    We’re the MTA.
    Yes we can….waste your time.
    Yes we can….rip you off.
    Yes we can….go over budget.
    Yes we can….be rude to you.

    They can, every two years or so, dig up the Brighton Line tracks, platforms and other such physical plant. They’ve been doing that for the past 20 years. Many other lines such as Sea Beach and the Culver line have the ugliest stations and are in hideous conditions. Yet, the Brighton line which consists presently of the B & the Q trains, is continuously crammed full of people most times of the day and night and is the least frequent of all the lines. The number 7 line which operates primarily in Queens has wait times as little as 5 minutes.
    Another outrage is the what the renovation of the Neck Road And Avenue U stations has enabled the MTA to do. They have used that as another means of wasting our time…every single day. If you get to Sheepshead Bay station by either the B or the Q it is most likely you will see the Q on the Manhattan Bound side that you need to get to those bypassed stations PULLING OUT OF THE STATION!! This is a deliberate scheduling as evidenced by the changes in train speeds that often occur on the journey between Kings Highway and Sheepshead Bay Station.
    The MTA have ruined a good number of trips for a lot of riders. They make me sick and the sheeple who continue to accept the situation as is are part of the problem.

  • http://www.flickr.com/paypaul Paul

    The MTA follows that “yes we can” phrase with gusto.
    We’re the MTA.
    Yes we can….waste your time.
    Yes we can….rip you off.
    Yes we can….go over budget.
    Yes we can….be rude to you.

    They can, every two years or so, dig up the Brighton Line tracks, platforms and other such physical plant. They’ve been doing that for the past 20 years. Many other lines such as Sea Beach and the Culver line have the ugliest stations and are in hideous conditions. Yet, the Brighton line which consists presently of the B & the Q trains, is continuously crammed full of people most times of the day and night and is the least frequent of all the lines. The number 7 line which operates primarily in Queens has wait times as little as 5 minutes.
    Another outrage is the what the renovation of the Neck Road And Avenue U stations has enabled the MTA to do. They have used that as another means of wasting our time…every single day. If you get to Sheepshead Bay station by either the B or the Q it is most likely you will see the Q on the Manhattan Bound side that you need to get to those bypassed stations PULLING OUT OF THE STATION!! This is a deliberate scheduling as evidenced by the changes in train speeds that often occur on the journey between Kings Highway and Sheepshead Bay Station.
    The MTA have ruined a good number of trips for a lot of riders. They make me sick and the sheeple who continue to accept the situation as is are part of the problem.