November 25th, 2008
MTA announced a $1.4 billion budget gap and is proposing to eliminate train lines and bus routes. Fortunately for people coming and going to Dumbo via subway, the A/C, F, and 2/3 lines aren’t being cut. Williamsburg will be affected by subway abbreviation and cuts, according to a Brooklyn Paper article. However, the MTA is proposing plans to cut the B25 bus, says the NY Daily News list of proposed 2009 cuts. Eliminating the B25 bus will make it difficult for some commuters and residents as the B25 line is the only public transportation link from Dumbo to commercial areas of Brooklyn such as Montague Street, Joralemon and Court Streets, and Fulton Mall. In addition, it represents an important connection to other modes of transportation within the immediate area – the Water Taxi at Fulton Landing, the Brooklyn Bridge footpath, the 4,5,6,A,C and 2,3 subway lines. One person we spoke to who takes the B25 bus regularly stated that this will make it more difficult to travel around.
“Dumbo and parts of Brooklyn Heights are somewhat isolated, with subway trains more than a 7 minute walk away in many areas – the area is already public transportation challenged…Not to mention that some of the most fiscally productive people in the entire borough live in Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo and to take away these amenities just makes it more difficult to get into employment areas and represents another obstacle to productive living.”
The Dumbo Improvement District previously submitted plans to re-route the B25 bus, but was not granted the request. Also, let’s hope the MTA cost reduction doesn’t mean less service on the subway lines. If you’re concerned about the proposed changes, please comment below and we’ll pass them onto the MTA.