B64 Cut Will Produce Business Nosedive

As we all know by now, the service cuts coming from all the respective agencies will have a negative impact on riders. However one of the overlooked aspects of service cuts is how much of a negative impact they will have on businesses. Today’s New York Daily News takes a look at a Bensonhurst baker who says his business will face a nosedive due to the B64 being eliminated. Mike McLaughlin has more in this report:

They thought they had a recipe for success.

Baker Vinny Galbo and his family were sure they had found the perfect location for their dream bakery when they opened a year ago on a busy Bensonhurst corner.

But their fortunes burst when the MTA announced plans to ax the B64 bus, which drops customers directly outside their shop, Bread Plus, on Harway Ave. at the corner of Bay 50th St.

“We’re going to take a hit,” said Galbo, 23. “People wait for the bus and grab their coffee and a cheese Danish. Or they come in after work to grab a loaf of bread.”

Bread Plus’ customers raved about the cakes, bread, pizza and pastries, but said they’ll shop less frequently when the bus route is slashed from Bensonhurst to Coney Island on June 27.

“We like this place a lot,” said Ralph Bluemke, 39, a National Grid salesman, who drops in after taking the bus home from his Bay Ridge doctor.

“But I’ll come here less because it will be a little bit out of the way.”

The cuts are part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s sweeping bus and subway cutbacks intended to save the agency $93 million a year.

Click here for the complete report.

I feel bad for Vinny Galbo & his family. I know how hard it is to run a business, especially in New York City. Every dollar you can bring in could end up being the difference between staying afloat or closing your doors. Unfortunately he & his family have a story just like the hundreds of thousands other riders or business owners. Until our elected officials step up & come up with legitimate & adequate funding solutions for mass transit, stories like these will be common place.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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