The B67 is a very popular Brooklyn bus route that serves many different areas as it travels between “Dumbo” & “Kensington”. One of those areas in between is Park Slope & according to the neighborhood’s civic council, the route is overcrowded. However according to MTA New York City Transit, it is not. Gary Buiso of the New York Post has more in this report:
f it walks like and talks like a duck, it’s not always a duck, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority official said last week.
That’s the case at least along the B67, a bus line that some feel is overcrowded — just not the MTA.
“All the [numbers] are within our guidelines,” Andrew Inglesby, assistant director of MTA Government and Community Relations told the Park Slope Civic Council last week.
The civic group asked the MTA to examine the route and gauge conditions on it, which the group determined to be “seriously overcrowded,” and requiring the addition of at least one extra bus, particularly during school days.
Inglesby said that from 7-7:30 a.m., an average of 35.5 passengers ride the bus; from 7:30-8 a.m., that number jumps to 49.7; from 8-8:30, the average is even higher, at 51.5 passengers; and then from 8:30-9 a.m., the number dips to 48.
James Anyansi, a spokesperson for New York City Transit, the agency that operates the city’s buses and subways under the MTA’s oversight, said that for buses to be considered crowded, they must have an average of 54 passengers during peak hours, and 36 during off peak hours. If they are found to be technically crowded, more buses are added to a line, he said. “We do regular passenger counts, and if more buses are needed, we adjust accordingly,” he added.
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I am not familiar with this route as it is one that I have never ridden. If the MTA’s numbers are accurate, I would tend to agree with them that the bus is not overcrowded. I am curious to see more data & see if any differences in numbers exist between MTA statistics & those from local riders. Hopefully more about this will be posted in the coming weeks.
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