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Somebody at the MTA didn’t get the memo!

In the midst of the transit agency’s implementation of its service reductions last month, workers from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority installed a bus shelter at the southwest corner of Union Street and Prospect Park West.

There’s only one problem: No buses stop there anymore, thanks to service cuts which eliminated both the crosstown B71 and the Prospect Park West portion of the B69.

It’s not just a waste of money — it’s becoming a waste of time for at least one Council office.

“We’re monitoring this situation,” said Councilman Steve Levin (D–Park Slope). “At a time of major budget cuts, we need to make sure that every tax dollar spent is going to worthy projects, and that there is total coordination between city and state agencies. I maintain that the MTA ought to restore the B71 line in its entirety. If we are building the bus shelters, we need the buses to serve them.”

In the absence of bus line restoration, Levin said he would call for the agency to convert the shelter into a covered bike parking lot.

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