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MTA Releases Draft Plan That Aims to Overhaul Queens Bus Network, Workshops Planned

MTA release draft plan for new Queens bus network (click on photo for plan)

Dec. 31, 2019 By Christian Murray

The MTA has released a draft plan that revamps the entire Queens bus network in an effort to improve service.

The new plan aims to increase bus speeds, provide a better connection between Queens and the other boroughs, provide a better link to subways, and reduce commute times. The MTA draft plan redraws many bus routes, which have mostly been unchanged since they were converted from old trolley lines at the turn of the 20th century. The draft plan was released today.

The MTA kicked off the process to redesign the Queens bus network in April as part of it Fast Forward plan to improve bus service. The NYC Transit is redesigning the bus networks in every borough of New York City and started with the Staten Island Express Bus Redesign that was implemented in August 2018.

“Improving bus service is one of the pillars of our Fast Forward plan to transform every aspect of New York’s transit service…,” said MTA NYC Transit President Andy Byford in a statement. “We are very excited about this draft plan for Queens buses because it is a true reimagination of the routes that incorporates the earned knowledge of customers, our ground personnel and operations staff to create a new foundation of bus service in Queens.”

The MTA noted that the average bus speed in Queens in 2018 was 8.7 miles per hour, a 3.3 percent decrease from 2015. Bus ridership in the borough fell 5.4 percent from 2014 to 2019, from 728,872 to 689,702 average weekday riders. The on-time Performance for Queens bus routes decreased 12 percent from 2014 to 2018.

The draft plan, which reviews the entire bus network in Queens, takes a number of steps including widening the distance between bus stops as a means to speed up performance. It calls for bus stop spacing to average 1,400 Feet Apart—as opposed to the current 850.

The plan aims to improve connectivity between buses and subways—as well as other forms of public transport. Particular focus is also being placed on 21 key corridors including Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue, Broadway, Corona Avenue, Main Street and 108th Street.

The MTA has also put forward a number of new bus routes that provide better links between Queens and Brooklyn and Queens and the Bronx. The MTA also aims to increase the use of bus lanes.

The MTA produced the draft proposal after a study of the existing bus network, nine open houses, 11 meetings with civics groups and seven community boards to gather feedback on customers’ commuting patterns and itinerary suggestions. The MTA also took into consideration the results of nearly 2,000 online customer surveys specific to the Queens redesign and conducted other outreach.

The MTA is looking for the public to comment on the draft proposal and make suggestions. It aims to release a “proposed final plan” in the second quarter of 2020.

The MTA will be hosting a series of public workshops in January and February to provide customers with information on the proposals in the draft plan (see dates below). Residents will be able to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed redesigned routes and bus stops.

The final plan will then be presented yet again to elected officials, community boards and other stakeholders for review. A public hearing will also be held.

The MTA plans to roll out the new network by 2022 after the MTA board signs off on it.

MTA will be holding workshops at these locations to discuss the Draft Proposal. A meeting is planned for Springfield Gardens but the details have yet to be finalized.

 

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19 Comments

Merrilly Noeth

What about the elderly and disabled? I’m 75, have had a hip replaced and can’t walk stairs. I live on 81st Street and 35 Ave. I have cancer and am being treated in Manhattan. I HAVE TO have the Q32 to get to any other transportation at Roosevelt Ave and 74th Street or stay on the bus to go all the way into Manhattan. Without that bus I am not only in prison, I could actually die without my treatment.

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Luisa Bagatta

Do not take away the Q18? Just how stupid is that idea???? it serves people in astoria, woodside and maspeth. whoever thought this was a good idea should BE FIRED immediately. are you kidding me?????

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Mama need the Q32

Where is AOC on this matter ?
Look I take the Q32 to church on Sunday -St Sebastian , if they take away this bus away along Roosevelt Ave how am I supposed get to it . Cant Take the train as I cant bend my knee up the stairs !!!
MTA – dont make the mistake of taking Q32 away we bus riders NEED the bus

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Snrvlakk

Take a look at the new plan. Check out the new QT61; it runs down 74th/75th Streets in Jackson Heights, then along Roosevelt Ave, Queens Blvd, and over the Queensborough Bridge into Manhattan. It has a stop at 58th St & Roosevelt Ave.

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Very UPSET in Woodside

Why do they want to eliminate the Q32 ? This bus is lifeline for ppl who work near Penn Station.
How is this new commute better when I have to walk further and take 3 buses to get to my work place??
This is about service cuts. First where did they take these polls bc I take the bus every day and NO one asked me for my opinions/thoughts ??
Fares go up and this bs having buses disappear .
GET RID OF MTA OT – and stop wasting money .
They want also take out Q53 that goes to Rockaway Beach !

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Snrvlakk

Two buses go into Manhattan from Jackson Heights-Woodside. One, the QT61 runs along 74th/75th Streets, Roosevelt Ave, Queens Blvd, the QB Bridge, and across 59th ST to Columbus Circle. The other, the QT 75 runs from Broadway and Northern Blvd down 48th St, Greenpoint Ave, 48th Ave, thru LIC, and over the QB Bridge, then down 5th (Madison) to 42nd St & 6th Ave.

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JQ

No Q47, Q18 Q67 really???
Crime rate increasing and kids have longer walks to buses & schools!!!

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Anna BNana

So seniors in the hood will schlep longer to catch a bus? How does that speed up a trip. The Q32 removal is ifiotic. That bus is a lifeline for area residents, as it goes all the way down Roosevelt to, I think, 82nd, and when Manhattan bound is a whole trip through mid-town. Really? Maybe if there WERE accessible stations along Qns. Blvd…but nada between 61st Street and Queens Plaza. It’s shameful, and NOTHING ELSE should be done to improve mass transit, until we have accessible stations along that lengthy part of Queens Boulevard.

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Larry Penner

There are many issues related to the MTA NYC Transit proposed Queens Bus Network Redesign Study that need to be resolved. It is interesting that this study was released on New Year’s Eve. This is an age old trick that elected officials do when they want to avoid detailed media coverage and public review. Most reporters are off and papers have only a skeleton staff on duty. Commuters, taxpayers and transit advocates are preparing to celebrate the holiday.

Funding from Congestion Pricing, which is scheduled to start January 1, 2021 is suppose to help pay for increased not reduced bus service. This was suppose to be especially true from old two fare bus to subway neighborhoods in so called transit deserts. There are alternatives such as the purchase of smaller 25, 30 and 35 foot buses to provide service on those routes with significantly fewer customers. Smaller buses can also better navigate tighter streets and cost less to operate.

(Larry Penner — transportation historian, writer and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the United States Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for billions in capital projects and programs for the MTA, NYC Transit bus and subway, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road MTA Bus along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ)..

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Neziah Bliss

Very happy there is a north/south route (2 actually) on 39th. This is very needed and will be a big help bridging Sunnyside and Astoria.

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No q104

The q104 was the only easy connection between Sunnyside and Astoria. The new map requires at least one bus transfer at Northern Blvd to get to Astoria (or, of course, 7 to N/W)

I assume this plan has no effect on Brooklyn buses like the b24.

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Nadine

Earth to detractors of the not-so-radical concept of buses that link up to ADA-compliant subway stops: if you’re human, you’re a single injury or illness or stroller or visiting parent or heavy package away from needing a bus and an accessible station. Your current sense of security is just that: current. It’s privilege, plain and simple.

Do I expect the MTA will ever take substantive steps toward ADA compliance? Of course not–they don’t care one whit. But to TAKE AWAY accessible transportation from where it’s already in place–that’s a new low, even for them.

Go to the scheduled workshops–err, lectures–and raise hell!

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Rosie Lewis

In this new plan you eliminated service from College Point blvd to the Target and BJ’s shopping center! How will residents in College Point get to the shopping center?

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Ted

Getting rid of the Q32 – god I hope that doesn’t happen. . The reroute they’re proposing (QT 75) looks like it will take 1/3 longer to get into manhattan (not a straight shot down Queens Blvd) and will stop around 42nd st. Also no bus route down Roosevelt Ave so no bus connection from 61st St. 7 train stop to Sunnyside.

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Snrvlakk

No, the QT75 goes down Roosevelt to Queens Blvd, and touches all those Sunnyside stations, including 61st St. and 52nd St.

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Dorothy Zelder

Want our bus stop @ Queens Blvd. btw 46&47th Sts. BACK ! Other busses and the #7 train stop there.,We previously had this bus stop for MANY years !!!

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Sunnysideposthatesme

Mta is a joke. They’ve been trying to do this for 10 years and still can’t get 3 q60s to not be together at the same time

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