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There’s no shortage of anger against the MTA’s proposed bus cuts, and now one local bread-biz is slamming the agency’s half-baked idea.

Bread Plus is outraged about the MTA’s failure to provide adequate time to comment on the proposed cut to the B64 line, which runs in front of their business. So to let residents cut through their frustration, they’re baking a giant MTA bread loaf and inviting neighbors to slice away. The protest is not only against the cut, which they say will hurt their business, but also in support of a proposed bill by Assemblyman William Colton (Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights and Midwood).

Colton’s eminently sensible bill requires the MTA to notify local community boards of changes that will affect their residents. The idea – so obvious that it’s hard to believe they weren’t already required to do so – will hopefully put useful information in the hands of community leaders, who will be more effective at disseminating to constituents.

“Unfortunately, the MTA was not mandated to do so before, and you see the horrendous results that happened,” Colton said. “The MTA must be receptive and responsible to the riders. Let them stop taking their many chauffeured limousines and see how they like walking the extra blocks they force their riders to do.”

The protest takes place today at 11 a.m. at the bus stop in front of the Bread Plus bakery at 2851 Harway Avenue (off of Bay 50th Street). The MTA is cutting B64 bus service along Harway Avenue south of 25th Avenue to Stillwell Avenue terminal. The cut will affect residents of several senior homes, as well as students and employees of John Dewey High School.

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  • Georgia

    Help this business & other businesses in that area. This B64 bus goes from Coney Island to Bay Ridge. How are people supposed to get around with out this bus even cutting this route back?? The heads of the MTA should start walking this route and see what it's like. What about disable people and our seniors??? Every city official should roll there salaries back this is so out of hand.

  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian Hedden | BK Southie

    I'm not going to lie – I think this is retarded. The MTA cuts have been a top news story since December. I personally documented the change to the B64 in January. Public hearings were held in March, and local politicians have been preaching from their soapboxes the whole time. I don't have a lot of sympathy for anyone who's surprised by any of the cuts, especially a business owner with an economic incentive to look into the one bus line that goes past their front door as early as possible. Like in January. Or March.

    Here's an idea – instead of whinging to the MTA execs about the advance notice that was clearly given in the first place, how about leaning on Senators Golden and Kruger to restore the $118,000,000 Albany took from MTA-dedicated taxes to cover up the mess they made with the rest of the state budget?

  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian Hedden | BK Southie

    For that matter, the Community Board should have known as well. Which means either the CB wasn't doing their job, or the bakery wasn't paying attention to them, either.

  • BrooklynBus

    I just came from the protest and I'll tell you this, most of those who attended were senior citizens who don't use the computer where the changes were described in detail. Yes, it was a top news item, but what did they mostly talk about? The cutting of the school passes. In the past, whenever there was a service cut, it was clearly displayed inside all the buses. That is not what happened this time. All the notices did was list a hundred route numbers where changes were to be made. The specific change they are complaining about was never made public by the MTA (other than through the internet) until signs were placed at the bus stops after the hearings when these people found out about them.

    And yes you are correct that the elected officials and the Community Board who knew about these changes did not publicize them, but the MTA could have done more than print notices in 12 point arial font to be read on a moving bus. Would you have been able to read it? And it was even more difficult for a senior citizen to read.

    Here is what it said buried in with all the other information “…Reroute or discontinue portion of B1, B3, B4, B8,
    B12, B13, B48, B64, B69, B70, and Q24…”

    How was anyone supposed to figure out from that that the B64 will be discontinued east of 25th Avenue without going to the internet?

  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian Hedden | BK Southie

    The in-bus notice issue has some merit. That should be done next time. But even you point out that the notices that were printed did in fact mention that a portion of the B64 would change. You mean to tell me NOBODY who rides the B64 was curious enough to dig into this a little more? I stand by my 'little sympathy' statement.

    And if you want to argue in support of this bill, that the Community Boards should have been told, it's like you said – they already knew. Because they have computers and were hopefully smart enough to do the same minimal basic research that we did. So this Compton bill hasn't got a lick of merit. Maybe today's seniors should have been protesting the Community Board today to find out why they dropped the ball.

    But then, no one would do that because no one really believes this is the Community Boards' role. It's just another case of people blaming “the MTA” whlie letting the people truly at fault off the hook.

    I'm sure most of the people here hate the MTA for all of its waste and corruption (a lot of which we're stuck with whether we like it or not, as it is part of the Cuomo/Pataki-era legacy debt), without focusing on this basic fact: the deficit problems of past last year hasn't been driven by exploding expenses, but by falling revenue: Albany cutting general funding. Albany taking MTA-dedicated taxes and applying them to its screwups in the general budget. The remaining MTA-dedicated taxes failing to live up to Albany's projections. Albany defunding the student MetroCard program.

    The MTA, as defined by Jay Walder and his board, doesn't have any control over Albany budget issues. But Assemblymember Bill Compton does. Do you want to become part of the solution? Start protesting this guy instead. I bet if his re-election depended on it, we'd get the B64 back in a big hurry. Want to become part of the problem? Keep making a media circus out of non-issues like this one.

  • BrooklynBus

    I'll just say this. Unfortunately, a media circus is the only way to get anything done in this City, but after speaking to him and watching him in action I was totally unimpressed. I agree that this will not result in anything positive.

    But I disagree. I don't think this is a non-issue. The people have valid points. You say that B64 riders should have dug into this a little more. How, without a computer? Call someone at the MTA? Do you think they would have gotten any answers? Let me ask you, if you saw the notice I spoke of? Do you think anyone read it? It was like one of those legal notices or lists of drug side effects that no one reads either. If they did, they wouldn't take those drugs that have every side effect under the sun.

    Most people who saw that notice just thought that it referred to buses coming less often. The heading said “Proposed Changes in Levels of Service”. It wasn't until you got to the 12 point type that it talked about routes being discontinued.

    That should have been in large type and it wasn't.

  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian Hedden | BK Southie

    You're right, the fliers sucked, and it isn't excusable. It's a non-issue to me, though, because there are much bigger fish to fry right now. Bus service as a whole getting decimated. That the fliers sucked and so did the depth of the news coverage, in my opinion, isn't germane to the issue at large.

    Worse than that, it implies, “Hey, we didn't know, if we did, we would have complained to the MTA and saved the service.” Again, that's letting Colton (sorry for calling him Compton before) and the other Legislators off the hook. As the holders of the purse-strings and the taketh-awayers of the funding, Colton and the Legislature is the only group that can really fix this.

    And Colton is the one who should be on the firing line (Tuesday, November 2!) if they don't. And at some point, he needs to know that.

    Protest!

  • BrooklynBus

    You are correct on both counts. The service is getting decimated and the State Legislature is responsible. But the MTA also has to be more efficient without cutting service. They just waste too much money. (One small example: Controller's Report that they used jet fuel in buses rather than diesel fuel.) The State Legislature knows this and that's one reason why they cut the subsidy to force them to become more efficient. But cutting service is the easiest way for them to save money. Other types of savings require more effort, and frankly they're lazy and they try to preserve managerial jobs at the expense of the operating labor force. Why do they need one supervisor for every four cleaners as AM New York recently reported? They are filling vacant supervisory positions while they are laying off cleaners. Where's the sense in that?

    The worst part is that they are planning more cuts this fall. Even when they had a surplus, they were not thinking of ways to attract riders and improve service, they were still making secret future plans to cut service. Do you actually think they came up with these plans in a couple of months? It took them years to develop all these plans. The schedules themselves took years to develop.

  • BrooklynBus

    You are correct on both counts. The service is getting decimated and the State Legislature is responsible. But the MTA also has to be more efficient without cutting service. They just waste too much money. (One small example: Controller's Report that they used jet fuel in buses rather than diesel fuel.) The State Legislature knows this and that's one reason why they cut the subsidy to force them to become more efficient. But cutting service is the easiest way for them to save money. Other types of savings require more effort, and frankly they're lazy and they try to preserve managerial jobs at the expense of the operating labor force. Why do they need one supervisor for every four cleaners as AM New York recently reported? They are filling vacant supervisory positions while they are laying off cleaners. Where's the sense in that?

    The worst part is that they are planning more cuts this fall. Even when they had a surplus, they were not thinking of ways to attract riders and improve service, they were still making secret future plans to cut service. Do you actually think they came up with these plans in a couple of months? It took them years to develop all these plans. The schedules themselves took years to develop.

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