MTA to Host Meeting in Sunnyside to Discuss Queens Bus Plan
MTA release draft plan for new Queens bus network (click on photo for plan)
Jan. 22, 2020 By Kristen Torres
The MTA will be hosting a meeting in Sunnyside Monday, February 3, to discuss a recently-released plan to overhaul the Queens bus network.
The meeting will be held at Sunnyside Community Services—43-31 39th St.— from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will give residents the opportunity to comment on the Queens Bus Network Redesign draft plan, which was first announced Dec. 31.
The MTA is working on a plan to revamp the entire Queens bus network, the first time in nearly a century. The plan, which is set to be finalized later this year, involves changing bus routes and streamlining service.
MTA officials will lead a presentation on the proposed bus network changes before participating in a group break-out session. Residents will then have a chance to speak during a public comment period.
The draft plan, however, has drawn criticism from some Queens community groups and leaders, unhappy that certain routes have been changed.
MTA officials stress that the plan is still in its draft phase and that the agency will be making changes.
“What you see today and what will be implemented eventually will be different,” said Craig Cipriano, acting president of the MTA bus company, during a meeting held by the agency Jan. 17. “We didn’t get everything right on first go around—we knew that; we knew we needed more feedback.”
The MTA is holding several meetings across Queens over the course of the next month.
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