1999-11-20 / Letters

Keep Bus Stop

Dear Editor;

Hi! I am a loyal reader of The Wave and this is the first time I feel
compelled to write. I take the bus to work daily and live on 117 street. However, on Thursday morning, November 11, I was waiting for the bus as usual, and I noticed a sign on the pole that said "Effective November 10, 1999, this bus stop has been eliminated". At this point I'm thinking to myself that I have plenty of time to complain about the removal, when I realize that it is November 11.

I had taken the bus on
November 10 as usual at 8:45 a.m. with no problem and no notice about
an upcoming elimination of the bus stop. As I am about to move to the
next bus stop, I see a bus coming and do not have the time to move, so I
wait there thinking the bus should stop considering this was the first
morning the notice was there. But of course I was wrong and I was late for work and highly agitated at this point. I took down the numbers they recommend, but could not get through.

I believe this removal of the bus stop is unfair. First of all, it is
the only stop on the Q22 line that gives you easy access to the many
benefits of 116 street. The notice recommended people to use the bus
stop on 114 street, which in my opinion is not a very safe location.
Also, what about all the elderly and disabled people who count on that
bus stop on a daily basis? For example, on Friday morning, I noticed
an elderly woman with a cane waiting for the bus on 117 street. I
explained to her what happened and the poor woman had to walk an extra
couple of blocks to get the bus. Is that fair?

I think the people who petitioned to have the bus stop removed because
of the undesirable people hanging around in front of the library did not
find an effective way of eliminating that problem. It just inconvenienced a lot of us hard working people who count on that bus stop for numerous reasons.

Thank you for letting me voice my opinion.



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