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Push for bus lane and improved service along Flatbush Ave. corridor

July 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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FLATBUSH AVENUE — THE CITY NEEDS TO SPEED UP BUS TRAFFIC along Brooklyn’s longest corridor, insists a coalition of riders and union allies as the mayor deprioritized this issue, reports Streetsblog NYC. Transit advocates, labor unions and bus riders — including the Riders Alliance, TWU Local 100 representing bus and subway workers, SEIU 1199 representing healthcare workers and LIUNA Local 1010 representing pavers and road builders — rallied on Tuesday, July 9, to demand that Adams follow through on the city’s longstanding promise to speed up buses on Flatbush Avenue, which intersects the borough in a southeasterly direction from the Manhattan Bridge Downtown Brooklyn exit to Floyd Bennett Field in Marine Park. Bus speeds on Flatbush Avenue struggle to make five miles per hour, according to data that the city’s Department of Transportation shared in 2023, highlighting the disruption to transit riders from cars and trucks.

The mayor, who canceled another bus lane project in the Bronx, called the push for better bus service an agenda of “gentrifiers.” Most high-income people drive, and healthcare workers say they can’t depend on buses to get to their jobs on time.

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