2016-01-13 / Front Page

Goldfeder Improves Morning Commute For QM16 Riders

After multiple requests to NYC transit in recent years, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has announced expanded service in 2016 on the popular QM16 express bus between Rockaway and Manhattan.After multiple requests to NYC transit in recent years, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has announced expanded service in 2016 on the popular QM16 express bus between Rockaway and Manhattan.Bus riders in Queens are finding their morning commutes a little easier in 2016 thanks to efforts by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.

Following Goldfeder's multiple requests to NYC Transit (NYCT) dating to 2013, the transit
agency last week announced new expanded service on the popular QM16 line between
Rockaway and Manhattan.

"Expanding service on the QM16 will provide much-needed flexibility for hundreds of
commuters in southern Queens and Rockaway," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. "Our
families face some of the longest commutes in the entire city and this earlier bus could really
make the difference between getting to work on time and getting stuck in traffic. I applaud NYC Transit for listening to riders' concerns and making this small but important change."

Starting on January 4th, the Midtown-bound QM16 express bus will include a new 5:47
a.m. weekday departure from the Jacob Riis Park bathhouse. Previously, the earliest Rockaway
departure on the popular commuter line was at 6:05 a.m. The bus picks up riders in Rockaway,
Broad Channel, and Howard Beach before arriving at stops in Manhattan.

In an email last week to Assemblyman Goldfeder's office, NYC Transit officials confirmed the
new departure. Beginning in 2013, Assemblyman Goldfeder sent multiple letters to the transit
agency requesting increased service on the QM16 after receiving complaints from riders of
overcrowded buses and delays.

The agency initially denied the Assemblyman's request, stating in January 2014 that ridership
levels didn't warrant the additional buses. In the meantime, riders continued to contact Goldfeder with their complaints, prompting additional inquiries in July and October of this year. With the new service finally in place, regular QM16 riders are already beginning to notice the difference in their commutes.

“I’m so thankful to Assemblyman Goldfeder for this change in QM16 service,” said Rockaway
Park resident Elizabeth Donohoe. “My commute has almost been cut in half from 75 minutes
down to about 45 minutes. The extra twenty minutes has really made a difference.”

As for why the small change may have taken so long, Goldfeder waxed philosophical.
"Changes - even small ones - in Government sometimes take time," concluded Goldfeder. "My
number one job is to work hard every day to speed Government and make positive changes both big and small for our families."


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