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New Bus Lines To Expand Service In Brooklyn

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to create a new bus line and to expand another one that would run through some of Brooklyn's growing neighborhoods. NY1 transit reporter Jose Martinez has the story.

Brooklyn is booming and now the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it's time for bus service in some of those neighborhoods to catch up.

The agency has proposed creating a line known as the B32 to connect waterfront Greenpoint and Williamsburg with Long Island City.

That came as welcome news along Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, where the nearest bus stop is three long blocks away.

"People gotta get around all over. So many people, there's no way to get around without enough buses," one man said.

The B32 would run along stretches down Kent Avenue, where the high rises keep rising as more people move into the neighborhood.

"It's not enough, it's not enough on Kent -- we need a bus on Kent," one man said.

The MTA also wants to extend the M67 into the so-called "Brooklyn tech triangle," which includes DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and the area around the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The MTA says it has yet to finalize the route plans for the new B32 and the extended B67 lines, but it hopes to have both bus lines up and running by the fall of this year.

Both proposals drew cheers and jeers Tuesday at an MTA hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

"With a bus route that extends to DUMBO, the Navy Yard and South Williamsburg, the B67 would further drive the borough's live-work concept," a woman said at the hearing.

But some say the plan to link north Brooklyn's waterfront neighborhoods to Queens with the B32 wouldn't be enough.

"This is a neighborhood with a bustling nightlife and plenty of service needed at night and on weekends," a man said.

The MTA's current proposal would have the B32 run every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

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