Attention B64 riders, there are some major service cuts coming your way this fall and our sister site’s traffic guru Allan Rosen thinks it may all be part of a plan to eventually eliminate the route entirely.
In a story on Sheepshead Bites today, Allan shows readers the step-by-step process that he says the MTA uses to “divide and conquer” outerborough straphangers, beginning with halting overnight buses, in order to decrease ridership, which in turn leads to more cuts and the eventual shelving of all service. A slippery slope, indeed!
Allan notes that cuts to this line will leave Bensonhurst mass transit customers who travel to Bay Ridge via our avenues and streets high and dry.
From the article:
Although the service adjustments are not too significant for Sheepshead Bay, they are significant for our Bensonhurst neighbors because the B64 service is being severely cut. The B64 operates primarily along Bath Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue in Bay Ridge after acquiring the western portion of the B1 a year ago when a through 86th Street route to Fourth Avenue was finally implemented. That idea first surfaced back in the 1960s and was partially implemented back in 1978 after I, unknowingly, revived it. This worthwhile idea was considered again by the MTA again in 1993, and finally became reality east of Fourth Avenue after 50 years.
To read more about how the MTA is using decreases in ridership caused by their own service reductions to justify the gutting of Southern Brooklyn’s bus lines, please click on this link and tell them Joe sent you!