As many of our readers may be aware, the Metropolitan Transit Authority in conjunction with the Department of Transportation has crafted plans to implement a Selective Bus Service (SBS) route on the B82 Kings Highway route. According to DOT and MTA spokespeople, the plan has been in the production phase for the last several years and is ostensibly designed to expedite the normally slow route and help in making it way more efficient for the thousands of riders who use it on a daily basis.
On the surface, that line of thinking may smack of common sense, however upon closer examination, it clearly appears that this SBS plan will undoubtedly create an economically disastrous situation for the thousand retail businesses that line both sides of Kings Highway – especially from Ocean Avenue to McDonald Avenue.
Kings Highway has always been a vital and critically paramount commercial lifeline for Brooklyn residents. Since the turn of the 20th century and beyond, Kings Highway has been an invaluable shopping drag. Studies conducted by media outlets reveal that the lion’s share of shoppers have expressed their angst at the abysmal lack of parking in the Kings Highway area – making it the main obstacle for them in patronizing the businesses that are located there.
The SBS option would repurpose 134 parking spots for bus lanes that will be in effect on weekdays from 7 am to 10 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm. But rather than easing traffic congestion, the establishment of an SBS route would create even more chaos on this heavily used thoroughfare.
As anyone who has shopped on Kings Highway is cognizant of, these time periods of the day are absolutely essential for drivers who are employed and can only afford to complete their shopping tasks either before they leave for work or immediately after they arrive home. In addition, parents who need to shop for their children will find themselves in a nightmarish position as they desperately search for non-existent parking subsequent to their children’s release from school.
And most importantly, it is clear that such an ill advised plan proposed by the DOT will create an irrevocable financial calamity for the owners of the retail shops that have come to define the glorious legacy of Kings Highway. Plainly put, if customers cannot find parking, they cannot shop and if they cannot shop on Kings Highway, they can simply stay in their vehicles and travel elsewhere for their shopping needs.
As we have reported, an impressive array of elected officials have vociferously voiced their strong objections to this potential economic massacre of businesses, banks and schools along Kings Highway. Adding their voices of opposition from their respective constituents to the proposed Kings Highway SBS are Republican State Senator Marty Golden, State Senator Simcha Felder, City Councilman Mark Treyger, Councilman Chaim Deutsch, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz.
We exhort our readers, both near and far, to join them in expressing your distaste for this targeted hit on our beloved neighborhood businesses that have sustained and supported our communities for decades.