The intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U in Brooklyn is a hub for New York’s shadow transit network.

Steps from the Kings Plaza shopping mall and a terminal for several MTA bus routes, the stretch of Mill Basin — two miles from the nearest subway station — has traditionally been a prime stop for many of the commuter vans that operate citywide in transit deserts.

“It’s like our own transit system,” said Sandra Martin, 50, as she walked past a bus stop on Flatbush Avenue. “The dollar vans go where the buses do not.”

Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY Roan Lindo has been driving dollar vans for 17 years in Brooklyn, Dec. 9, 2020. The intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U in Brooklyn is a hub for New York’s shadow transit network.

Steps from the Kings Plaza shopping mall and a terminal for several MTA […]

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