2013-01-23 / Features

Queens Civics Win Bus Route



After more than a year of fighting for the return of the Q79 bus, the civics of Eastern Queens under the umbrella of Eastern Queens United (EQU) can check off a victory. More than a dozen civic associations met more than a year ago at the Glen Oaks Village board room to brainstorm a sensible, affordable and logical alternative to the terminated Q79. After researching the route and looking at adjoining bus routes, Eastern Queens United put together a proposal that would modify the Q36 bus that runs along Jamaica and Hillside Avenues to now travel north along the Little Neck Parkway corridor. EQU suggested that every other Q36 bus turn onto Little Neck Parkway rather than ending its normal run one block away. EQU even suggested that this bus be called the Q36N for “north” so that riders could easily distinguish it from the regular Q36. EQU presented this proposal to the MTA at a meeting arranged by Councilmember Mark Weprin at the request of the civics. We are happy to report that this week the city was putting up new bus stop signs along Little Neck Parkway in anticipation of its inaugural run. The Q36 now becomes the lifeline for thousands of folks who live along Little Neck Parkway and had virtually no access to public transportation. Bob Friedrich, president of Glen Oaks Village and a leading advocate for the bus said, “By modifying the Q36 to run along Little Neck Parkway, we not only created a direct ride to the LIRR at Little Neck but also created a singleride access to the city subway system at Hillside Avenue and 179 Street. As a result, we anticipate that the ridership on this new bus line will exceed that of the old Q79.” Unfortunately, the city had removed all the bus shelters along the Q79 route leaving mass transit users exposed to the weather. We are hopeful that the MTA will reinstall most if not all of the bus shelters it removed. After more than a year of fighting for the return of the Q79 bus, the civics of Eastern Queens under the umbrella of Eastern Queens United (EQU) can check off a victory. More than a dozen civic associations met more than a year ago at the Glen Oaks Village board room to brainstorm a sensible, affordable and logical alternative to the terminated Q79. After researching the route and looking at adjoining bus routes, Eastern Queens United put together a proposal that would modify the Q36 bus that runs along Jamaica and Hillside Avenues to now travel north along the Little Neck Parkway corridor. EQU suggested that every other Q36 bus turn onto Little Neck Parkway rather than ending its normal run one block away. EQU even suggested that this bus be called the Q36N for “north” so that riders could easily distinguish it from the regular Q36. EQU presented this proposal to the MTA at a meeting arranged by Councilmember Mark Weprin at the request of the civics. We are happy to report that this week the city was putting up new bus stop signs along Little Neck Parkway in anticipation of its inaugural run. The Q36 now becomes the lifeline for thousands of folks who live along Little Neck Parkway and had virtually no access to public transportation. Bob Friedrich, president of Glen Oaks Village and a leading advocate for the bus said, “By modifying the Q36 to run along Little Neck Parkway, we not only created a direct ride to the LIRR at Little Neck but also created a singleride access to the city subway system at Hillside Avenue and 179 Street. As a result, we anticipate that the ridership on this new bus line will exceed that of the old Q79.” Unfortunately, the city had removed all the bus shelters along the Q79 route leaving mass transit users exposed to the weather. We are hopeful that the MTA will reinstall most if not all of the bus shelters it removed.

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