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New Avenue J Bus Stops Reduce Schlep for Midwood Riders

By Sonja Sharp | August 1, 2012 5:51pm | Updated on August 2, 2012 7:59am

BROOKLYN — Shoppers shuttling between Midwood and Borough Park can finally stop schlepping

Years after they were shifted to make way for construction at the Avenue J station, the MTA has restored stops for the B11 and B6 buses along the busy Midwood shopping corridor to their original spot just below the Q train, thanks to a hearty push from City Councilman David Greenfield.

"The new location for these heavily-used bus stops will help make this busy intersection and transit hub easier to navigate and more convenient for drivers, pedestrians and commuters," Greenfield said in a press release following the move. "I urge residents to contact my office with any suggestions on other ways we can make life on the streets a little less chaotic and bit more pleasant."  

The B11 bus runs from Brooklyn College to Sunset Park, making it the most convenient route for many traveling between Jewish communities in Midwood and Flatbush to Borough Park. The B6 is popular among Brooklyn College students, as well as deal-seekers en route to Broadway Junction's big box emporium.

Prior to the move, riders had complained about the distance between stops along the busy shopping mecca, which is lined with Orthodox Jewish and Pakistani businesses.

Drivers griped that the temporary stops near the intersection of Avenue J and East 16th Street made parking along the heavily trafficked thoroughfare even more nightmarish than normal. And businesses complained the stops reduced their visibility.

"I am constantly looking for ways to improve traffic flow and safety for everyone who uses our streets, so I am pleased that the MTA agreed to this request," Greenfield said.