2016-02-10 / Front Page

Goldfeder Calls For Safer Bus Stop Locations

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder urged the city Department of Transportation to reconsider the location of a Q35 bus stop on Marine Parkway Bridge to increase passenger safety and improve connections to nearby bus lines.Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder urged the city Department of Transportation to reconsider the location of a Q35 bus stop on Marine Parkway Bridge to increase passenger safety and improve connections to nearby bus lines.Citing dangerous traffic patterns and poor connections to surrounding bus lines, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Breezy Point) is calling on the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a study of a Q35 bus stop located on an off-ramp to the Marine Parkway Bridge. The Assemblyman’s request comes amid ongoing controversy over an unpopular traffic signal installed nearby on another off-ramp to the heavily-traveled bridge.

“The busy off-ramp for a major bridge hardly seems like an appropriate place for a bus stop. This encourages riders to cross multiple lanes of traffic, putting both them and motorists in harm’s way,” said Goldfeder. “I urge the DOT to review this current bus stop layout and find a better solution to improving conditions at this dangerous intersection.”

In a letter to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Goldfeder is calling on the city to study the placement of Q35 bus stops around the Rockaway side of the Marine Parkway Bridge and nearby Jacob Riis Park. Goldfeder writes that a Q35 bus stop located on the southbound ramp of the bridge requires riders to cross two busy roadways in order to transfer to Q22 and QM16 buses. This situation is made worse during summer months, when thousands of beachgoers use the stop to access Riis Park and nearby Ft. Tilden, Goldfeder contends.

Goldfeder’s request comes at a moment of continued community opposition to a traffic signal installed in 2014 at the westbound off-ramp to bridge. The Assemblyman alludes to this controversy in his letter to DOT, pointing out that the installation occurred “without appropriate study or consultation with the local community.” According to the letter, Goldfeder proposes the Q35 bus stop study as an alternative solution to improving pedestrian safety around the bridge, arguing that the study would be more beneficial than “impeding the free flow of motorists.”

“Hopefully Assemblyman Goldfeder’s request will not fall upon deaf ears. It seems to us a simple, practical solution would be to restore the Riis Park stop for the southbound Q35 after the current Marine Park Bridge Breezy Point stop,” said Arthur Lighthall, General Manager, Breezy Point Cooperative.

This isn’t the first time Assemblyman Goldfeder has taken the city to task over bus and traffic configurations in the area. Shortly after the westbound ramp traffic signal was installed, Goldfeder hosted then-DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall on a site visit of the intersection with members of the Breezy Point Cooperative, Community Board 14 and representatives for local elected officials.

More recently, Goldfeder secured a new early morning departure on the Manhattan-bound QM16 bus out of Riis Park. With this most recent request, Goldfeder hopes to make the area safer and more convenient for bus riders and motorists alike.

“We need a solution here that works for pedestrians, for drivers and for the community as a whole,” concluded Goldfeder. “Anything less would be too little, too late for such a vital access point to the Rockaway Peninsula.”  

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