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M is for mourning; R is for regret

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Politicians, transportation activists — and a bagpipe player — buried the M and R train in a pre-emptive funeral service for the lines, which face severe service cuts under the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s proposed “Doomsday Budget.”

Pipe player John Maynard belted out the funeral standard “Danny Boy” at the Thursday memorial for the M train, which under the MTA’s planned penny-pinching budget, would terminate in Lower Manhattan instead of Bensonhurst; and the R train, whose Court Street and Lawrence Street stations would be shuttered at night.

“Dearly beloved,” eulogized Gene Russianoff of the transit advocacy group the Straphanger’s Campaign, “We are gathered here to ask Gov. David Paterson and state legislature to spare the M and the R lines from partial extinction by voting for new state aid for the transit system.”

The MTA is considering the cuts — as well as eliminating Williamsburg’s Z train and B39 bus, Bay Ridge’s B37 bus, and Cobble Hill’s B75 bus among other cuts, service reductions and a fare hike — in an attempt to plug its $1.2-billion deficit.

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Updated 5:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Andros from B Ridge says:
Since when is 'Danny Boy' Scottish ?!?
Feb. 1, 2009, 11:56 pm
Patty from Bay Ridge says:
I've been a Bay Ridge resident for most of my adult life, in which I've utilized the R train for my commute to and from work. The R train needs a BIG overhaul in many ways. All the cars are dirty! At 95th street (the first or last stop, whichever direction you are going), the station cleaner only sweeps and mops the very first car at 93rd street; and the very first car at 95th street; and the rest of the cars in between are forgotten. Therefore, no other cars are being cleaned after each trip. Also, the MTA should add more trains onto this line due to the volume of people utilizing. I take 3, (at times 4) trains to work, I start out on the R, take an N or D in between, and then I usually end up on the V train (if not, a E). Ah, the V train...another line they should definitely add more trains to. My commute is a nightmare in itself, and the MTA for sure, is not helping to restore sweetness back into any of my dreams! It's time the people of Bay Ridge vocalize to our local representatives; to relay to them what it is like out in the real world, and start to stand up for what we as hard working individuals deserve for us and our community. They're clueless!
July 1, 2009, 2:13 pm

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