Happening This Morning: Rally to Save MTA’s 14 A & D Bus Service

14a bus on Grand Street. File photo.

14a bus on Grand Street. File photo.

If you’re around the neighborhood this morning, you might want to stop by Ahearn Park.

There’s a rally coordinated by Educational Alliance in response to the MTA’s plan to institute Select Bus Service, eliminating several stops along the M14 A and D bus routes. Here’s part of the press advisory:

The M14 bus is the lifeline for thousands of senior citizens in Manhattan. The line, including its M14A and M14D routes, serves New York City’s largest neighboring Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) on the Lower East Side and in the East Village. These New Yorkers – many of whom struggle with their mobility — will be unfairly and dangerously affected by the MTA’s proposal to create Select Bus Service and eliminate several local stops on the line. There is no denying the need to improve bus service in Manhattan. The solution, however, is not to ask our most vulnerable neighbors to walk longer distances in frigid cold, driving rain, and stifling heat. Join us on the first day of Older Americans Month as we call on the MTA to #SaveOurStops.

The rally takes place today, May 1, at 10 a.m. Ahearn Park is located at Grand Street and East Broadway. Seniors will march to the bus stop at Grand and Clinton streets. Representatives from the offices of local elected officials are expected to attend.