Brooklynites were hit hard in 2010 when the MTA eliminated the B71, which ran along Union Street, and was a lifeline for seniors, students, and families. To this day, every time I visit the Eileen Dugan Senior Center, they have a very clear message: “Bring back our bus!”
Despite economic recovery and significant population growth along the route, the line has never been restored, leaving thousands of riders stranded. Meanwhile, nearby residents of Red Hook remain in a transit desert, despite physical proximity to Manhattan. And as we prepare for rezoning in Gowanus, we need new transit infrastructure.
That’s why the B71+ Coalition came together: to push the MTA to revive the cross-Gowanus B71 with a new link through Red Hook to Lower Manhattan.
The new B71+ route would:
- Connect seniors, students, families, NYCHA residents, and people with disabilities to schools, stores, and Brooklyn’s cultural institutions.
- Provide a new connection through Red Hook to Lower Manhattan: Red Hook is not served by any subway stop, and only by two local Brooklyn bus routes.
- Serve a growing population: Since the elimination of the B71, population around the route has grown by more than 10% — much more than the increase for NYC or Brooklyn overall — but no new transit capacity has been added.
We’re working with a great coalition of partners, including Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, and Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Laurie Cumbo, & Stephen Levin, and community partners like the Eileen Dugan Senior Center, Gowanus Alliance, TWU Local 100, Transportation Alternatives, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and so many more. To date, we’ve collected over 2,200+ signatures and will be meeting with the MTA to find a way to revive the B71.
But we need the whole community to rally with us to make this work. It’s no easy thing to restore a bus route, so we can only have a chance if we work together to restore a vital connection for our neighborhoods. Learn more about our efforts to bring back our bus and get involved at bradlander.nyc/b71plus.