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THE RESTORE THE B37 BUS COALITION ______________________________________ 5
Restore the Bus Coalition Partners ________________________________________________ 5

Impact On Our Communities ______________________________________________ 6
Population ___________________________________________________________________ 6
Income ________________________________________________________________________________ 7 Public Transit Use _______________________________________________________________________ 8

Impact on Access to Lutheran Family Health Center Services ___________________________ 9 Impact on Access to Education and Social Services ___________________________________ 9
Schools ________________________________________________________________________________ 9 Senior Centers _________________________________________________________________________ 11

Impact on Transit Accessibility for People with Disabilities ____________________________ 11 Impact on the Homeless _______________________________________________________ 12 Economic Impact _____________________________________________________________ 12 Environmental Impact _________________________________________________________ 12

THE RESTORE THE B37 BUS COALITION
In 2010, the MTA restructured five local bus lines in Southwest Brooklyn, including the elimination of the B37, which saved the agency $2.8 million1. While every service reduction negatively affected our communities, the loss of the B37 has been particularly harsh, disproportionately impacting the elderly, the disabled, families, youth, and persons with chronic illnesses, many of whom relied on the bus to access their health services and to travel to city agencies in downtown Brooklyn. In response to the elimination of the B37, local elders, UPROSE, Lutheran Family Health Center, and Transit Forward founded the Restore the B37 Bus Coalition to organize residents, businesses, elected officials, community groups, and civic organizations along the Third Avenue corridor, covering Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Gowanus, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge. Recently, the MTA has received a surplus of $40 million from Albany, which we are urgently requesting that the MTA use to restore the B37 bus. In this report we outline the specific need for the B37 in our communities.

Restore the Bus Coalition Partners
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; State Senator Velmanette Montgomery; State Senator Martin Golden; State Senator Eric Adams; State Senator Diane J. Savino; Assemblyman James Brennan; Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny; Assemblyman Felix Ortiz; Assemblywoman Joan Millman; Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis; Councilmember Stephen Levin; Councilmember Sara M. Gonzalez; Councilmember Brad Lander; Councilmember Vincent Gentile; Community Board 7; Community Board 10; Arab American Association of NY; Asociacion Tepeya of NY; Bay Ridge Democrats; Brooklyn Center for Independence for the Disabled; Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Center for Family Life; Fifth Avenue Committee; Gowanus Alliance; Lutheran Family Health Center*; Margarita's Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivors Group; Mixteca; Neighbors Helping Neighbors; Red Hook volunteer groups; Riders Alliance; Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation; Third Avenue Merchants Association; Transit Forward*; Turning Point; TWU Local 100; United Sunset Park Senior Center; UPROSE*; Wyckoff Gardens Association; Young Progressive Democrats. *Coalition founding members.

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http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/ServiceReduction/part4.htm

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Impact On Our Communities
In this section, we examined the impact of the B37 elimination by compiling 2010 Census data2 by tracts within a half-mile radius of the former route, stretching across four Community Districts from Downtown Brooklyn to Bay Ridge3.

Population
The total local population likely to have been impacted by the B37 is 177,818.
Community District 2 Total Tract Population 9 4,615 11 318 15 3,107 31 2,662 33 2,383 35 1,455 37 305 39* 2,322 41 3,530 43 3,157 71* 4,780 127* 3,572 129.01* 2,415 Community District 6 Total Tract Population 39* 2,322 71* 4,780 117** 2,587 119 1,680 121 1,935 127* 3,572 129.01* 2,415 131 4,429 133 3,930 135 3,558 137 2,959 139 3,730 141** 3,107 Community District 7 Total Tract Population 2 1,266 18 2,399 20 1,646 22*** 4,528 70*** 2,911 72 1,839 74 6,025 76 4,215 78 5,225 80 4,170 82 4,295 84 3,745 101 3,809 117** 2,587 122*** 4,925 141** 3,107 143 3,577 145 4,037 Community District 10 Total Tract Population 22*** 4,528 46 1,175 54 3,440 56.01 2,698 56.02 1,730 58 3,640 60 2,435 62 2,779 64 4,033 66 3,644 68 5,233 70*** 2,911 122*** 4,925 126 2,981 130 5,119 134 3,969 136 3,932 138 3,353 160 4,073 162 2,436 Total 69,034

TOTAL

34,621

TOTAL

41,004

Total

64,306

* Tracts 39, 71, 127, and 129.01 are shared by Community Districts 2 and 6. ** Tracts 117 and 141 are shared by Community Districts 6 and 7. *** Tracts 22, 70, and 122 are shared by Community Districts 7 and 10.

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http://www.census.gov/ http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/lucds/cdstart.shtml

Income The middle-class residents along the Third Avenue corridor earn median incomes between $46,000 to $75,000 and rely on public transportation to get to work.
Community District 2 Total Tract Population 9 $108,427.00 11 15 31 33 35 37 39* 41 43 71* 127* 129.01* $79,231.00 $66,023.00 $64,458.00 $83,688.00 $46,339.00 $73,750.00 $61,563.00 $91,607.00 $95,781.00 $35,963.00 $24,338.00 $87,875.00 Community District 6 Total Tract Population 39* $61,563.00 71* 117** 119 121 127* 129.01* 131 133 135 137 139 141** $35,963.00 $67,965.00 $69,750.00 $76,641.00 $24,338.00 $87,875.00
$103,063.00 $108,409.00 $104,375.00

Community District 7 Total Tract Population 2 $31,728.00 18**** 20 22*** 70*** 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 101 117** 122*** 141** 143 145 $54,167.00 $35,045.00 $60,387.00 $39,008.00 $35,195.00 $39,299.00 $31,649.00 $41,354.00 $46,974.00 $31,463.00 $42,253.00 $67,965.00 $39,393.00 $80,563.00 $56,083.00 $47,880.00

Community District 10 Total Tract Population 22*** $35,045.00 46 54 56.01 56.02 58 60 62 64 66 68 70*** 122*** 126 130 134 136 138 160 162 $53,393.00 $60,714.00 $52,246.00 $59,167.00 $51,993.00 $62,723.00 $53,184.00 $51,558.00 $52,083.00 $40,758.00 $60,387.00 $39,393.00 $31,368.00 $49,653.00 $72,591.00 $71,904.00 $49,007.00 $55,893.00 $84,531.00 $54,379.55

$79,444.00 $63,717.00 $80,563.00

Average Median Income

$70,695.62

Average Median Income

$74,128.15

Average Median Income

$45,906.24

Average Median Income

* Tracts 39, 71, 127, and 129.01 are shared by Community Districts 2 and 6. ** Tracts 117 and 141 are shared by Community Districts 6 and 7. *** Tracts 22, 70, and 122 are shared by Community Districts 7 and 10. **** Tract 18 has no median income data.

Public Transit Use Across the Third Avenue Corridor, about one-third of residents are public transit users.
Community District 2 Total Tract Population 9 1,982 11 15 31 33 35 37 39* 41 43 71* 127* 129.01* Community District 6 Total Tract Population 39* 954 71* 117** 119 121 127* 129.01* 131 133 135 137 139 141** Community District 7 Total Tract Population 2 172 18 20 22*** 70*** 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 101 117** 122*** 141** 143 145 Community District 10 Total Tract Population 22*** 1,287 46 54 56.01 56.02 58 60 62 64 66 68 70*** 122*** 126 130 134 136 138 160 162 Public Transit Users Percent of Total Population 12,335 Public Transit Users Percent of Total Population 16,291 Public Transit Users Percent of Total Population 18,656 Public Transit Users Percent of Total Population

133 1,079 449 1,237 437 120 954 1,251 1,347 1,303 926 1,117

1,303 1,129 596 820 926 1,117 2,163 1,734 1,736 1,327 1,445 1,041

0 500 1,287 756 566 1,591 1,334 1,159 1,151 1,193 911 1,367 1,129 1,635 1,041 1,299 1,565

130 1,113 931 433 1,231 838 735 899 1,288 879 756 1,635 572 1,257 1,075 1,108 881 1,200 566
18,814

35.63%

39.73%

29.01%

27.25%

* Tracts 39, 71, 127, and 129.01 are shared by Community Districts 2 and 6. ** Tracts 117 and 141 are shared by Community Districts 6 and 7. *** Tracts 22, 70, and 122 are shared by Community Districts 7 and 10.

Impact on Access to Lutheran Family Health Center Services
The B37 was the only bus line that serviced in close proximity to Lutheran Medical Center and the Lutheran Family Health Center Clinics listed below. Shore Road Family Health Center, 9000 Shore Road Park Ridge Family Health Center, 6317-4th Avenue Park Slope Family Health Center, 220-13th Street Project Reach Youth, 199 14th Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues, closer to 4th) Sunset Park Family Health Center, 150-55th Street Sunset Park Family Health Center Annex (Women & Children Health) 5610-2nd Avenue Magical Day Care Center, 230-60th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue) 5800 -3rd Avenue (LFHC business offices: patient accounts, AT Stills, Grants Fiscal, Dental, School Health Program Administration office, Corporate Compliance, centralized appointments) Full list of health providers can be found in Appendix A.

Impact on Access to Education and Social Services
Students, seniors, and residents relied on the B37 to travel to schools, work, places of worship, after school programs, daycare centers, and the surrounding senior centers. Schools Full List of Schools, After-School Programs, Daycare Centers can be found in Appendix B. Schools in Sunset Park impacted by the B37 are as follows: Public School 1 The Bergen (Pre K-5th Grade) SE 309 47th Street Brooklyn NY 11220 Public School 24 (Pre K-5th Grade) SE 427 38th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232 Intermediate School 136 Charles O. Dewey (6th Grade- 8th Grade) SE 4004 4th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11232 Public School 172 Beacon School Of Excellence National Blue Ribbon School 2011 (Pre K 5th Grade) SE 825 4th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11232 Public School 310 6214 4th Avenue

Brooklyn NY 11220 Public School 371 Lillian L. Rashkis High School (9th Grade-12th Grade) SE 355 37th Street Brooklyn NY 11232 Public School 503 The School Of Discovery (Pre K-5th Grade) SE 330 59th Street Brooklyn NY 11220 Public School 506 The Magnet School Of Global Communication Through Journalism & Technology (Pre K-5th Grade) SE 330 59th Street Brooklyn NY 11220 K821 Sunset Park Prep (6th Grade-8th Grade) SE (Inside 136) 4004 4th Avenue Brooklyn NY 1232 Sunset Park High School (9th Grade-12 Grade) k667 153 35th Street Brooklyn NY 11232 Public School 971(Inside P.S. 310) 6214 4th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11220 Al Noor School 675 4th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11232 Al Madrassa Al Islamya 5224 3rd Avenue Brooklyn NY 11220

Senior Centers Full List of Senior Centers can be found in Appendix B. Senior Centers in Sunset Park impacted by the B37 are as follows: United Senior Center 475 53rd Street, Brooklyn NY 11220 Harbor Hills Senior Citizens 5613 2nd Avenue Brooklyn NY 11220 Marien Heim of Sunset Park Inc. 4520 4th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11220

Impact on Transit Accessibility for People with Disabilities
Between the accessible Barclay Center train station and the 4th Avenue at 95th Street station, there are no stations with elevators for wheelchair users to access subway transportation. The MTA’s “100 Key Stations”4 plans require adjacent wheelchair-accessible bus lines. Not having the B37 goes against the spirit of the ADA agreement. In a United States Census report titled “Disability Characteristics of income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011”5, we pulled the numbers of people with disabilities possibly impacted by the elimination of the B37. Our findings are as follows, according to Community District: Community District Community District 2 Community District 6 Community District 7 Community District 10 Total Impacted Number of People with Disabilities Impacted 5,069 5,328 6,423 6,335 23,156

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http://www.pcac.org/wp-content/reports/2008_ADA_accessibility.pdf https://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acsbr11-12.pdf

Impact on the Homeless
For Lutheran’s 6,000 homeless Community Medicine patients who come from all corners of the city, public transit is frequently the only means of transportation to and from appointments. The program often provides Metrocards for patients to use to keep their appointments. Many homeless patients have significant challenges to mobility, such as podiatric issues that can come with homelessness, which can render a walk of even a few blocks impossible. Without a bus that is proximate to the main site, a significant portion of LFHC’s homeless patients would be cut off from care.
Name ATLANTIC HOUSE - CAMBA Park Slope Women's Shelter - CAMBA Magnolia House - CAMBA BARBARA S. KLEIMAN - DHS 2402 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11233-3402 XAL 1402 8th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 1424 Herkimer Street Brooklyn, NY 11233 300 SKILLMAN AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY 11121 Location

Economic Impact
The lack of the B37 has deeply impacted businesses on Third Avenue and in the vicinity which relied on the B37 to bring their shoppers and their workers to their locations each day. Not having the B37 thwarts our progress as we look forward to massive revitalization of the Sunset Park waterfront and are readying a new Merchants Association stretching from Sunset Park to Park Slope. Notably, the opening of Barclays Center in 2012 has increased our visits to downtown Brooklyn. To be sure, restoring the B37 would increase the revenue for the MTA from the B37.

Environmental Impact
In the past 5 years there have been 5 extreme weather events. Two of the five weather events have affected and shut down the subway system. The MTA must invest in surface transportation to meet the needs of our communities. With the restoration of the B37 Southwest communities in Brooklyn would be able to build local community resilience in the wake of another extreme weather event.