2018-07-04 / Features

MTA to Increase Q6, Q69 Bus Service

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus Company announced on June 26 that two Queens local bus routes will see increased off-peak service this September to meet shifting ridership demands as residential and commercial development in the Long Island City and downtown Jamaica areas continue to grow.

The changes are part of the Fast Forward plan to modernize NYC Transit, which seeks, among other goals, to improve bus service and arrest the nationwide trend of falling bus ridership by redesigning the entire bus network throughout New York City.

The Q6 connects the Sutphin Boulevard corridor in downtown Jamaica to the John F. Kennedy International Airport cargo area, bringing Jamaica residents to its busy commercial district and employees to airport facilities, including a large United States Post Office in the airport area.

MTA Bus Company also plans to increase off-peak service on the Q69, a local route connecting Jackson Heights to subway lines in Astoria and Long Island City via the Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Street commercial corridors. More than 9,500 customers will benefit from increased service on the Q69, and shifting ridership demand is expected as several residential and mixed-use buildings are in development or nearing completion in Long Island City near the Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza and Court Square subway stations. MTA Bus Company will conduct extensive marketing to advertise these service increases, which are planned for weekdays, middays and weekends, to alert local customers to these new travel options.

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