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Malliotakis Holds Public Forum to Improve Access-A-Ride Program

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Residents shared their thoughts, concerns and experiences to improve program.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) joined the Bay Ridge and Ovington chapters of AARP and the Bay Ridge Council on Aging, along with personnel from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Paratransit Division, to host a public forum to improve the Access-A-Ride Program Wednesday at Holy Angels Academy in Bay Ridge.

“This community has one of the largest and fastest growing senior populations in the country, and a large number of them rely on Access-a-Ride services to see their doctors, family, and friends. Unfortunately, we hear far too often about the program’s shortcomings. I’m glad MTA Paratransit was able to join me in this effort to make sure these people are heard and, hopefully, get them some answers and better service,” said Malliotakis.

Malliotakis has been conducting an extensive review of Access-A-Ride and will be issuing a summary of her findings and recommendations in the coming months.

The Access-A-Ride program allows eligible commuters, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, to reserve a trip in advance to a destination within the service area covered by public buses and subways. MTA New York City Transit administers the Access-A-Ride program through shared-ride, door-to-door or feeder service.

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Vincent Bocchino, President, Ovington Chapter AARP; Peter Killen, President, Bay Ridge Chapter AARP; State Senator Marty Golden; Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis; and Thomas Charles, Vice President, MTA New York City Transit Paratransit Division.

TESTIMONY FROM STATE SENATOR MARTIN J. GOLDEN & ASSEMBLYWOMAN NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS REGARDING THE B37

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Submitted for the January 27, 2014 MTA Transit and Bus Committee Hearing at 347 Madison, New York, NY at 10:30 AM.

Below Please find the submitted testimony from State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island) regarding the B37.

“The restoration of the B37 bus line was a tremendous victory for the riders, families and businesses of Brooklyn who relied on this service for so long prior to its elimination. This decision was welcomed by so many in the community, including our students, senior citizens, health care professionals, and those who will again be able to utilize this bus to get to and from work. However, the proposal to cease service at the Barclays Center at Atlantic Avenue is an ill-advised plan that will fail to meet the needs of Brooklyn’s commuters. In the past, the B37 would travel 10 blocks further to Court Street at Livingston Street, connecting riders with destinations like the court system, medical appointments, and Borough Hall and its surrounding neighborhood. As the State legislative representatives of Bay Ridge, we formally request that the B37 be restored in full, running past the Barclays Center and to its former final stop at Court Street. Anything less would be a failure for your customers.”

MALLIOTAKIS, GOLDEN JOIN COLLEAGUES AND SUPPORTERS TO CALL FOR FULL RESTORATION OF THE B37

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Proposed restoration would restore only partial service of the old route. Legislators call on the MTA Transit Board to fully restore the B37 bus.B37PressConference01.17.2014.Resize

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) today joined Sen. Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn), MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli, representatives from the Guild for Exceptional Children and members of the Transit Workers Union for a press conference calling on the MTA New York City Transit Board to fully restore the B37 bus route. After years of fighting by elected officials and community groups, the MTA Board has agreed to a partial restoration of the B37 route; however this would only restore service from Bay Ridge to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center.

“For three years I have fought alongside my colleagues, community groups and transit advocates to restore the B37,” said Malliotakis. “While we were successful in getting the MTA to agree to a restoration, reinstating the route only to the Barclays Center simply isn’t adequate. The majority of our constituents use this bus to get downtown, to the courts system, borough hall or medical appointments; all of which would still be out of reach under the partial restoration. While I’m pleased to have the bus partially restored, a full restoration is absolutely critical for the people of Bay Ridge and all of Brooklyn. I want to encourage anyone who uses the bus regularly to join us as we make our appeal to the MTA board on January 27.”

Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Metropolitan Transit Capital Review Board, stated, “The planned restoration of the B37 bus line is a tremendous victory for the riders, families and businesses of Brooklyn who had relied on this service prior to its elimination. However, the plan to end the route at the Barclays Center at Atlantic Avenue is miscalculated, and will fail to meet the needs of Brooklyn’s commuters. Another ten more blocks, as was previously the case, makes traveling in Brooklyn significantly more practical, and I urge the Metropolitan Transit Authority to continue to put the needs of their customers first.”

MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli said, “Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Malliotakis have been strong advocates in bringing about transportation equity in southern Brooklyn and throughout the region. I’m pleased to stand with them today to urge the MTA to finish the job and complete the B37 restoration.”

Should the partial restoration plan be enacted, service on the B37 would be available along 3rd Avenue from Shore Parkway to Atlantic Avenue, but would terminate at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway complex. From there, riders would be forced to transfer to the B41, B45, B63, B67 and B103. The MTA Bus Company is also studying the feasibility of adding new stops along the B103 route to supplement service previously provided by the B37. However, those stops would not service all the previously-used locations.

Residents who wish to express their support for full restoration of the B37 can attend the NYC Transit and Bus committee meeting of the MTA Board. The meeting will be held on Monday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the MTA headquarters, 347 Madison Avenue, Fifth Floor, Manhattan.

TESTIMONY FROM STATE SENATOR MARTIN J. GOLDEN & ASSEMBLYWOMAN NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS REGARDING THE B37

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Submitted for the November 14, 2013 MTA Public Hearing.

Brooklyn- Below please find the submitted testimony from State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island) regarding the B37.

“The restoration of the B37 bus line was a tremendous victory for the riders, families and businesses of Brooklyn who relied on this service for so long prior to its elimination. This decision was welcomed by so many in the community, including our students, senior citizens, health care professionals, and those who will again be able to utilize this bus to get to and from work. However, the proposal to cease service at the Barclays Center at Atlantic Avenue is an ill-advised plan that will fail to meet the needs of Brooklyn’s commuters. In the past, the B37 would travel 10 blocks further to Court Street at Livingston Street, connecting riders with destinations like the court system, medical appointments, and Borough Hall and its surrounding neighborhood. As the State legislative representatives of Bay Ridge, we formally request that the B37 be restored in full, running past the Barclays Center and to its former final stop at Court Street. Anything less would be a failure for your customers.”

MALLIOTAKIS, COLLEAGUES, RIDERS RALLY FOR B37 Bus

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Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) is joining a number of legislative colleagues, transit riders and advocates to rally for the restoration of the B37 bus line and other improvements to transit in Brooklyn. The event, being held on Sunday, May 19 in Bay Ridge, will seek upgrades to the R train and call on the MTA to provide better service for local commuters.

“The elimination of the B37 hurt families and businesses across Brooklyn and was particularly devastating to riders in Bay Ridge, who relied on the line to get them to work, doctor’s appointments, visits with family and other essential destinations,” said Malliotakis. “Three years have passed since this bus was taken away and we stand united to show the MTA that our communities will not continue to pay exorbitant fares and tolls for inadequate service.”

Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) stated, “The decision to terminate the B37 bus route on Brooklyn’s 3rd Avenue was wrong then, and it still is. The elimination of this bus has impacted many commuters and businesses, and has created an unnecessary hardship for many people who can not utilize our trains because there are no elevators at our stations. This service must be considered for full restoration.”

“A bus line can literally be a life line for a community and that is what the B37 was and will be again for Bay Ridge,” continued State Senator Diane J. Savino. “Businesses, residents and especially seniors from Bay Ridge Towers to the Bay Ridge Senior Center to Fort Hamilton and Shore Road need their bus back on 3rd Avenue. We stand united today to demand our bus back!”

“Public transportation is a reliable and efficient way to travel to and from work for many individuals across Brooklyn. These are the same people who are working hard day in and day out to make a decent living and, in the process, help continue the revival of our economy. I support and encourage the restoration of the B37 bus line and any other projects that will improve transportation and infrastructure,” said Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz

WHO:
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
Senator Martin Golden
Senator Diane Savino
Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny
Assemblywoman Joan Millman
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz
Councilman Vincent Gentile
AARP Bay Ridge Chapter 3630
Bay Ridge Community Council
Bay Ridge Council on the Aging
Lutheran Family Health Centers
Restore the B37 Coalition
Riders Alliance
Transit Workers Union
UPROSE
And more

WHAT:
Rally to restore the B37 and improve transit in Brooklyn

WHEN:
Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Corner of Senator Street and 3rd Avenue