A Transit Farewell

Friday, June 25, 2010

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, talks about the service cuts and helps us say goodbye to the discontinued bus and subway lines. Also, Richard Yeh, WNYC reporter, talks about what the bus cuts mean for commuters in eastern Queens.

Are you losing bus or subway service? Post your transit eulogies here!


Andrea Bernstein and Richard Yeh

Comments [25]


I work 10 miles away from my job. If I take any combination of public transportation options to get to work, it takes me a minimum of 1 hour and 30 minutes. If I drive, it takes me under 30 minutes. That's the problem. I would prefer to use public transportation or ride a bicycle to work. It's just not practical.

Jun. 26 2010 10:27 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

I’ve only worked below 14th Street, so when I see the E,V,W they are usually empty. I thought It would have made more sense for them to terminate in Midtown than run under capacity for most of their Manhattan runs. They also seem to confuse tourists; I see people waiting on the platform as “R”s or “F”s pass because someone told them they need to take a “W” or “V” downtown.
I don’t live on the G anymore, but stopping short of Queens Plaza really bugs me.

Jun. 25 2010 02:28 PM

As a regular rider on the E & F, I never understood the need for the V train. The only time it's at capacity is when there's a service interruption on the R/E/F/7 otherwise it's an underutilised unnecessary redundant waste of money and a hindrance particularly to the E express during rush hour as it arrives upon the Queens bound express track @ Queens Plaza, where's the logic when it's a local that should switch to the local track, not causing delays in express service. I'm glad to see it go away, it never should have been created; well I guess I might miss the guaranteed wide selection of open seats to choose from at the height of rush hour...good riddance add more R's and extend the G. As for "Voter from Bklyn" I can't speak for the other trains in your comment, but I ride the E daily crushed against the doors/passengers in the am/pm followed by another crushing ride on the 4/6, maybe when you see it it's after major transfer points Lexington/42nd/34th...

Jun. 25 2010 12:11 PM
John from Queens

Sorry, my post should have said "not Saturday as stated on the air."

Jun. 25 2010 10:57 AM
John from Queens

The W and V train parties/funerals are tonight (not Friday as stated on the air).

W train funeral:

V train funeral:!/event.php?eid=123450697690982&ref=search

Jun. 25 2010 10:38 AM
Anna from Oakland Gardens, Queens

I've been taking the Q75 from Oakland Gardens, Queens to transfer to the F train at 179th street to work in Midtown. The bus has been fairly on-time and I've even get to known a few fellow passengers by name.

Now that the Q75 will be eliminated altogether, I'll have to take 2 buses to transfer to the F. It'll add about 20 minutes to my commute, making it a total of 1 hour and 50 minutes, just to get to Midtown.

I guess it's time to brush up my bike riding skills...

Jun. 25 2010 10:33 AM

We'll miss the B75, which is the best way to get our twin three year-old daughters to school. The F train travels much of the same route, but people who use the 75, the elderly, the disabled, people with children, often can not make use of the train because there is no elevator access.

Jun. 25 2010 10:33 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

I know we often agree but weep I won’t for the “W”aste of money and “V”irtually empty through most of Manhattan lines. If only the “E”mpty could go away with them. All three of these trains terminate in lower Manhattan and all three just keep passing me by with only a hand full of people in them while I wait for an A, C, N, R, D, B, or F to get home to Brooklyn.

Jun. 25 2010 10:28 AM
jennifer from brooklyn

the loss of the b71 is v bad
it is NOT a route that can be replaced by a subway - there is no crosstown subway
what am I supposed to use ?

Jun. 25 2010 10:27 AM
Bobby G from East Village

How much is the MTA saving with all the service cuts and disruptions they cause? I've heard 0.8 million. Chicken feed compared to the $700 Billion East Side Access Capital Project.

Jun. 25 2010 10:26 AM
BrooklynGuy from Fort Greene

How am I to get from Fort Greene to Prospect Park / Park Slope on the weekend with the elimination of the B69 bus weekend service?
The MTA needs to under federal oversight.

Jun. 25 2010 10:25 AM
Dorothy from Chelsea (the M11 bus)

First, of course NO ONE trust the MTA because no one knows which set of books they're using.

Second, everyone knows that the MTA pulls all this stuff out of a hat with no rhyme or reason to the changes.

Third, the MTA has a rotten record when it comes to changing bus stops. They eliminate a stop but leave the sign.

Jun. 25 2010 10:25 AM
Josh from brooklyn

Weren’t there public hearings on these changes? Can anyone from the MTA share how they incorporated community feedback into their decision making process?

Jun. 25 2010 10:24 AM
SuzanneNYC from UWS

Everyone should remember that two years ago Bloomberg/NYC put together an application for Federal funds to explore congestion pricing and other transit options which was halted by Albany's non-action. So as we learn to live with these changes remember to thank Sheldon Silver for your inconvenience.

Jun. 25 2010 10:24 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Missed the conversation so far, but I’ll put in my usual two cents…. The G!!!! Why can’t the G go one more stop to Queens Plaza since service to Forest Hills is discontinued. The Queens Plaza connection for the G isn’t only increasing the flexibility of the line dramatically (especially since it is going to Church now) but it seems like common sense for interborough travel.

Jun. 25 2010 10:24 AM
Daniel W. from Brooklyn

Haiku-logy for the B71 (Carroll Gardens to Park Slope and Eastwards)

So many times you failed
To show and I sat there annoyed
Guess now I’ll just walk

Jun. 25 2010 10:23 AM
Richard Johnston from Upper west side

One good thing about the service changes is that the M5 bus will go all the way from the 178th St. Port Authority Bus Terminal to South Ferry. It will be great for a tourist who wants a bus tour on the cheap: Riverside Drive, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Greenwich Village and down, all for one fare.

Jun. 25 2010 10:23 AM
Steve from Brooklyn

I hope all these people who are upset about there buses have voted, and not voted for these small government conservatives. Those who hate paying their taxes reap what they sow.

Jun. 25 2010 10:22 AM
Yun from nyc

where are these 'funerals' being held?
I can't find any info.

Jun. 25 2010 10:21 AM

train funeral tonight???

Jun. 25 2010 10:15 AM
Derek Kleinbaum from Park Slope

What happens to all the extra busses?

Jun. 25 2010 10:15 AM
Eric K from Brooklyn

The Bay Parkway bound M got me part of the way home with a seat every night from work and now I will be stuck with the rest of the crowded riff raff on the R or the lower Manhattan lines.

The V used to be my direct link from Midtown East to the 14th St and the Lower East Side. It will be missed.

BUT - the biggest crime I know if is the B4 in Brooklyn. They are cutting the line 6 blocks short of the Sheepshead Bay Station. The B4 will only go there (and beyond to it's old end) at rush hour. Why would the MTA cut the bus 6 blocks short of the subway? Just have it terminate at the station!

Jun. 25 2010 10:13 AM
Stephen from Prospect Heights

Not a eulogy, but a complaint. The MTA completely does not understand transit needs. The B41 which services most of Flatbush avenue comes every three minutes and is sort of redundant because most of Flatbush is serviced by subways and dollar vans. However, there are lines like the B69 and B71 which do not have duplication with subways are being cut. The MTA's numbers are fixed with these cut lines because they would conly come once every 30 minutes, hence fewer passengers.

Jun. 25 2010 10:12 AM
antonio from park slope

I am going to one of those train funerals tonight, but I am also sad that the b71 is going to axed. I love that route it because it makes getting to those crosstown destinations easier!

Time for streetcars?

Jun. 25 2010 10:09 AM

this sucks! now is a good time to invest in infrastructure not a time to degrade it.

what about a tax on congestion or oil!

dirty oil! damn dirty oil!

Jun. 25 2010 09:57 AM

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