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MTA to Redesign Queens Bus Network, Asks for Public Input

Every bus route throughout Queens will be analyzed as part of the overhaul. (Department of Transportation)

April 16, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

The Queens bus network is about to get an extensive redesign, the MTA announced on Monday.

During a presentation to the Queens Borough Cabinet, the transit authority outlined its year-long plan to overhaul the network, with intentions to alter unnecessary or indirect bus routes and adjust spacing between stops.

The MTA is calling for a “blank slate” approach to the revamp of Queens’ 107 bus lines, which service upwards of 714,000 riders every weekday.

With ridership decreasing citywide and bus speeds slowing down due to congestion, every bus routes on the current network—largely designed based on the preceding trolley network—will be analyzed and adjusted to accommodate current and future travel patterns.

According to the MTA, average bus speeds in the heavily bus-dependent borough currently average 8.9 miles per hour.

“The Queens bus network has not substantially changed in decades and the people of Queens deserve better,” said MTA President Andy Byford. “It’s imperative that New York City Transit do its part to keep up with the rapid and changing nature of growth in one of the city’s most bus-dependent boroughs. Bus network modernization is absolutely critical to the continued success of Queens and I look forward to being a part of it.”

The transit authority hopes that the new design will be able to provide higher frequency, high capacity bus service throughout the borough’s major corridors. 

Public feedback will be collected and incorporated into the future route design changes. The MTA will collect suggestions via an online form, and through a series of open houses, which will begin next month.

The MTA plans to have a first draft of the redesign done by November of this year, and will release the final plan in April 2020.

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22 Comments

Andrea

Do not change the Q39 unless it is to add busses. It serves over 15 schools and is constantly packed to the point of skipping stops very early in the route. It’s easy to wait. Over 40 minutes for this bus, but is obviously key to the community moving between Ridgewood to LIC.

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Laura

Stop the Q47 at Penelope & Juniper Valley Rd. You can switch to the Q29 for the remaining of the ride to Glendale. The bus literally has no one or 1 or 2 people on it from this point on. During rush hour maybe 6 people. It will also alleviate congestion along 80th St. Also, the Q53 on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, should be changed back to the old route going through St. John’s Cemetery. Again, not many people getting of the bus on it’s current route through 80th St in Glendale. This too would alleviate traffic, as you have three buses travel the same route for 6 or 7 blocks, with no ridership or not a lot of people getting off the bus. They can switch for the Q29 at 80th St. This would improve bus speed too on all the lines, less congestion.

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Busrouteman

Create a bus route that goes from 74th roosevelt Ave to 69th st and Queens Blvd then turns on to Queens blv and gets on the bqe to Williamsburg Bridge.

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Lawrence Siegel

So many buses serve downtown Flushing, but none go to Rego Park, Forest Hills or Kew Gardens. This would be appreciated.

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Lolo

Maybe focus on renovating the 7 line stations and keep it open on weekends? There are pieces falling on cars. In my opinion, the buses don’t need to change.

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Fredrick Wells

Other than the Q8, Q24, Q32, Q35, Q44 SBS, Q50, Q54, Q55, Q56, Q58, Q59, Q60, Q101, B13, B15, B20, B24, B26, B32, B38, B52, B54, B57, B62 and M60 SBS all of which are InterBorough routes must either be left alone or improved (either via merging into another Queens route, extended to a Downtown Center or in some cases shortened to where it terminates where other bus/subway/Commuter Railroad service is available for people to continue their trip, the general Queens Bus Network needs to be looked at in regards of a high-frequency zone (where a bus arrives every 1 to 4 minutes throughout the day), improved grid-like network, new bus corridors in areas where the MTA eliminated bus service due to low ridership (primarily due to the lack of adequate coverage that route provided).

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Joanne Duffy

A bus line across 39th Street in Sunnyside/LIC over the 39th Street bridge which turns into Steinway Street once across the bridge to the end of Steinway St would be great! Its a pain in the neck to get to Astoria by the train from Sunnyside. You either have to take the 7 to the N or go the opposite direction on the 7 to Jackson Heights Hub where you have to switch to the M/R.

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rikki

I wonder if there was ever a bus line on 39th st? in all the years i’ve lived here i almost never shopped on steinway, or astoria…..it s just too difficult to get to, …plus before they horribly redesigned greenpoint and 39th a bus could have easily made a u turn and stopped there at the end of the route

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June

Please run additional Q66 on Northern Blvd. heading West in the early mornings. It is so jammed at 5:30 a.m. It is standing room early. 🙁

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Dorothy

I wish there was a bus that ran the length of Hillside Ave, where it begins at Myrtle Ave in Richmond Hills. It’s ridiculous that I have to take a bus into Jamaica and then get on another bus to go up Hillside, when Hillside Ave is wide enough to have a bus run its entire length in Queens. This idea might also alleviate some of the ridiculous bus congestion on Jamaica Ave. It would also be a great idea to have express buses to Manhattan that ran on weekends, especially for those of us who have to take buses due to the lack of elevators in the subway system.

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Lisa Schaefer

Dont touch the Q54 schedule unless making more trips. As it is theres only 1 bus every 20-30 min.

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Erik

For pete’s sake give Queens Blvd a second bus line or a damn select service Q60 that skips stops. The damn traffic and the constant construction on the trains makes getting from Jamaica to Roosevelt Avenue a slow and terribly long process.

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Mary Ellen Mascia

How about the express buses for Ridgewood Glendale Middle Village and Maspeth run a full day and on weekends. People would gladly take them into the city to shop, see a show.

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Angela

Maybe stay off the busiest streets with all the double-parked trucks at rush hour. Move the routes one or two streets over. Stay off 82 st, 74th St, Roosevelt Ave.

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P. Beadle

Better yet, get rid of the double parked trucks. Change delivery times, create more loading zones. With better bus service people can leave their cars at home and stop clogging our streets, polluting our air and running over our kids.

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