If you live in Bath Beach, your daily commute hasn’t been pretty since the MTA discontinued the X38 express bus to Manhattan. Your choices for commuting have probably been narrowed down to two: either drive into Manhattan or take the train. Buying and paying insurance for a car, not to mention parking and gas, is simply not within the budgets of most straphangers, especially during these cash-strapped times. The closest subway station to you is probably the D on 86th Street and Bay Parkway, which is a long two and a half blocks from Cropsey Avenue, the former departure point for the X28 and X38. If local state senator Marty Golden has his way, according to NY1, beginning July 1st you will once again have the option of express bus service.
The Time Warner owned local news channel reports that Senator Golden spent much of last Thursday on area buses telling commuters that an effort spearheaded by himself and City Councilman Vincent Gentile, along with a group of elderly and disabled residents, has proven fruitful. The plan of action included filing a lawsuit against the MTA charging that the state authority’s recent service cuts are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Parties involved in the civil action say the law, which requires equal access to public transportation for the disabled, does not allow the “disparate impact in this community compared to others,” as Attorney Matthew Daus told NY 1.
Two other local express bus routes being resurrected include the X27 and X37 Buses, which both serve Bay Ridge. Service is expected to be restored on all four routes July 1st.