With No Forethought–Again
Last week’s edition of The Wave carried the story of how the bus stop at Beach 117 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard was moved almost overnight to quell the anger of some residents of the area. These people claimed that kids and adults were loitering about the bus stop and creating a disturbance.
So, without any thought to senior citizens and/or commuters the bus stop was magically done away with and replaced with "No Parking Anytime" signs.
What ever happened to thinking a problem through? What ever happened to consideration of the business community as well as the residential community? Would it have been so terrible if more thought were given and suggestions made before the stop was abruptly made to vanish?
Beginning with the Q22, eastbound, there is no stop between Beach 119 street and Beach 115 street. Not much has been solved since Rockaway Beach boulevard is just as narrow from 126 to 116 as it is from 116 to 109 streets. Easiest solution: Do away with the Q22 west of Beach 116 street. It only duplicates the Q35 which is one block north.
Now what about the express bus? No one thinks about the local merchants and the residents at the same time. Many residents who use the express bus to Manhattan found it also has been moved from the corner of Beach 116 street. It now stops at Beach 114 street. When it stopped at Beach 116 street, commuters would drive to the municipal lot in Beach 116 street, park for the day, walk down the block buying coffee, newspapers, a buttered roll or what have you. Now that will cease. Drivers will hunt for spaces on the streets before and after Beach 116 street and then get on the bus without making their daily purchases. Homeward bound commuters will do the same thing–just getting into the vehicles and reversing the process. With a little bit of thought the problem could easily have been solved.
Move the express bus stop to Beach 116 street (the same area where the Q53 stops). After all, the way it was set up, the express bus stopped at Beach 116 street and the next stop was Beach 105 street. Instead of going due east on Rockaway Beach boulevard, the bus could follow the same route as the Q53. Beach 116 street, to Beach Channel drive, east to Beach 108 street, south to Rockaway Beach boulevard and the rest is history. Everyone is happy. The buses no longer lay-up on Rockaway Beach boulevard between 116 and 117 so the residents are happy and the merchants are happy because everyone who drives or walks to the bus will have an opportunity to enter the stores.
By the same token, if the Q22 were eliminated west of Beach 116 street, the bus could turn right on Beach 116 street (as the Q53 does now), continue up to Beach Channel drive and go around the diner as the Q35 does and then come down to the first stop which would be on the northwest corner of Beach 116 street in front of Kozy Korner. The bus would then make a left onto Rockaway Beach boulevard and continue its run to Far Rockaway.
Of course this takes a little brain power and no one seems to be willing to use that!
Some day Rockaway may once again become "user friendly." We don’t know how long it will take but stay tuned for more unsolved problems with buses and parking.