Officials Applaud Opening Of Renovated Bus Terminal
After a decade of planning, getting funding, purchase and demolition, and a huge amount of infrastructure preparation, last Wednesday morning City Councilmember Helen Sears (D-Jackson Heights), Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblymembers Ivan Lafayette (D–Jackson Heights) and Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) and state Senator John Sabini (D/WF-Jackson Heights), welcomed the Victor Moore Bus Terminal back to the Elmhurst/Jackson Heights community with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The terminal, which underwent major renovations in conjunction with the Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street subway station, was reopened last week.
Sears announced that the Q19B, Q33, and Q47 busses will now be using the refurbished terminal and the Q45 bus will now accept passengers on Broadway between 74th and 75th Streets. “My colleagues and I have dedicated time and money to this facility, and after years of work it is an honor to be here today to open this facility to the public,” she declared. “The busses that will stop here serve not only my entire council district, but also some of the most diverse communities in the world. All of Western Queens will feel the impact of these facilities. I want to congratulate all who have dedicated their time, energy and labor into making this a reality.” As a member of the council Transportation Committee, Sears has worked to improve funding and the operations of the New York City public transportation system.
Sabini, a ranking member of the Transportation Committee and 10-year member of the city council, commented, “A project of this size doesn't happen with just one office or just one administration. Back when I was on the city council, I helped allocate the initial capital funding for the acquisition and demolition of the original, privately owned arcade. But this beautiful new bus terminal is also the result of the tireless efforts of many people since over a decade ago; let us especially not forget former Borough President Claire Shulman and Michael Sinansky, then the Borough Engineer and now a member of the New York City Transit Riders Council. Without them, there would be no new Victor Moore Arcade bus terminal and commuters would have to brave the elements as they wait for their rides at curbsides.”
The new bus terminal and elevated subway facility is located at 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, in Jackson Heights/Elmhurst. The new facility is completely handicapped accessible with four elevators, three escalators and wider staircases to the No. 7 line as well as to the E, F, R and V trains. The final portion of the work will also include retail stores and the entire project will be upgraded with security, comfort and safety for the mass transit riders. “This was a wonderful demonstration of elected officials, MTA, the NYC Department of Transportation, Commissioner Iris Weinshall and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, all working together to have the most unique and attractive mass transit facility in all of New York City,” Lafayette noted. “It’s wonderful to see the opening of the new bus terminal, which is the first stage of the completion of renovation of the elevated subway and bus terminal station that is so important to the mass transit riders of Queens,” he added. “The opening of the 74th Street bus terminal means that scores of parking spaces that had been temporarily taken up by the buses have now been restored to parking spaces again for the shoppers in the area.
“The new handicapped accessible subway and bus terminal will now provide the people of New York City with the quickest means to go to La Guardia Airport,” Lafayette added. “The Q47 and the Q33 buses go to all the terminals at La Guardia. People can get from any part of the city faster; for example, it will take 20 minutes to get from Times Square in Manhattan to the new facility—without going outside. These aforementioned buses will then deliver you to La Guardia in 20 minutes—all for one subway fare. This hopefully will reduce all the excess traffic that we have in our community by those who are now traveling by private car to La Guardia Airport.”