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Fort Greene and Clinton Hill residents are claiming that the MTA is making them miss the bus.

About 70 residents showed up last week at the Emmanuel Baptist Church to express their growing concerns on how the B38 runs through their neighborhood but barely stops there.

The bus line starts in Cadman Plaza and goes west on Dekalb Avenue and east on Lafayette Avenue through the neighborhood on its destination to Ridgewood, Queens.

“For years, there has been the B38 that made every stop, but the concern is the relatively new B38 Limited is not serving the people in Community District 2 as well as it might,” said Community Board 2 District Manager Rob Perris.

The B38 Limited currently makes only three stops in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill at Classon Avenue where it connects with the B48, at Vanderbilt Avenue where it connects with the B69 and at Flatbush Avenue where it connects with major subway stops.

“The standard B38 had problems with overcrowding and bus bunching, and I heard how the city Transit Authority said how they will use a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) to monitor advertising on the side of buses, yet they don’t seem to be able to make bus bunching headway using GPS technology,” said Perris.

Perris said he also heard from Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries that older residents would like to take the bus to Brooklyn Hospital on Dekalb Avenue, but there is no B38 Limited stop near the hospital.

“The borough president’s office has received the same complaint, but neither of us has been able to get a stop added near the hospital,” said Perris.

“The B38 Limited was intended to make this line work better, but what many people are seeing is several B38s will come down the street and all be very full, and then a B38 limited will go by and it’s half empty. That seems to indicate we need to rethink how the resources are being used,” he added.

Jeffries and 57th Democratic Assembly District leader Walter Mosley hosted the meeting in which several residents of larger housing developments voiced their concerns about the B38 Limited situation.

In particular, residents from Ryerson Towers on 333 Lafayette Avenue and from 21 St. James Place complained they needed another stop.

“The express bus changes to the B38 made by the MTA have not benefited large parts of the Clinton Hill and Fort Greene communities,” said Jeffries.

“Therefore, I have asked the MTA to revisit its B38 service delivery, and the agency has agreed to conduct a complete field and ridership analysis that will hopefully result in improvements that benefit residents who rely on this bus line,” he added.

Transit Authority spokesperson Deirdre Parker said the MTA and NYC Transit are aware of the concerns expressed by Ft. Greene and Clinton Hill residents.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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