Brooklyn – In response to numerous complaints, Assemblywoman Joan Millman spearheaded the effort to reassign additional school crossing guards at the dangerous intersections of 3rd Street and 4th and 3rd Avenues. A consequence of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) elimination of the B71 bus is that students attending schools along its route no longer have a viable transportation option between school and home. The B71 bus’ route connected the Columbia Waterfront District, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope and Grand Army Plaza – however, now students attending schools like M.S. 51 are faced with dangerous street crossings.
“The B71 was a safe and reliable option for children traveling to and from school,” said Millman. “Countless students rode the bus to school instead of walking. Unfortunately, against the urging of the community and all local elected officials, the MTA chose to cut this bus line anyway.”
Millman, a member of the Assembly’s Transportation Committee, continued “I would like to thank the 78th Precinct and the M.S. 51 community for working with us to quickly address the situation. While our best option is to have the bus back, I am glad we were able to find a safe solution.”