Reflections on the B61 and Suckage
It's hard to say whether the B61 bus or the G Train generate more discontent, except that we think the G generally gets more space on blogs and in print. Yet, the B61--which runs from Red Hook to Long Island City, via Downtown Brooklyn and Williamsburg--does manage to drive the people that depend on it rather insane too. We've been following a discussion about "B61 the Worst Bus in the City?" on the Community Board 1 email group and though we'd share one we like:
As more and more people realize the convenience provided by the bus (e.g., north end of Greenpoint is not such a bad place to live if you can grab the bus and be at the 7 stop in 10 minutes) the ridership has obviously increased. It doesn't surprise me that the MTA thinks it hasn't, because this is the same agency that needed to commission a study in order to realize that ridership on the L has exploded.Another says:
As a regular B61 rider, I have noticed a few things that don't help. One, the B61 going down Manhattan instead of down McGuinness, it has to contend with delivery truck traffic blocking and markedly slowing down traffic...Riders don't help themselves by refusing to exit the bus at the rear, thus delaying new riders from entering the bus. I'm not talking about mothers with strollers, the elderly or differently-abled, I'm talking people who just for whatever reason refuse to open the rear door or don't understand how to push the yellow tape and have the doors open automatically... Also, how hard is it to learn the concept of "move to the rear of the bus"? I realize there are a lot of newcomers to the city in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area but these people's inability to grasp basic bus riding techniques continues to floor me. I've been ranting about this forever, but it doesn't seem like this bus line gets any attention...
The situation is horrid. Long Rush hour waits have always been frustratingly unpredictable. At least that part has changed-- now it's safe to say that walking across the bridge is more reliable!The B61 is being extended in Red Hook so it will stop at Ikea's front door when the store opens.