1999-11-27 / Letters

Solution To Bus Fuss

Dear Editor;

I’ve heard all the comments about the bus stop, pro and con, but nobody seems concerned with the safety factor. It seems that the derelicts were the objection. I’ve lived in Rockaway for over 75 years and on Beach 117 street for over 55 years, and I consider that a bus stop in front of the library makes this spot one of the most dangerous corners in the city.

If there is a bus in front of the library and you’re trying to turn east on to the boulevard from the south on Beach 117 street, you take your life in your hands because you can’t see the bus until you’re past the corner. As you make the turn in order to continue east on the boulevard, you either have to drive on the wrong side of the double line or sit half way in front of cars coming from the west, who invariably try to pass you and the stopped bus. To complicate things, the cars coming from the east trying to beat the red light at Beach 116 are still speeding as they pass Beach 117 street. Then to make matters worse, when a car is double parked on Beach 117 street, on the side of the library, you have to get in the wrong lane to pass it and you’re in double jeopardy if someone is trying to turn into Beach 117 street from the west or the east or headed south from the other side of the boulevard.

There are other bad scenarios, but the solution to the problem that would keep everybody happy is to have the bus make a right turn at Beach 116 street and then a U turn at the boardwalk and have the bus stop at the west side of Beach 116 street close to the boulevard. Then the bus can turn right on the boulevard and continue east as usual.

It is good for the Beach 116 street merchants. It’s a great bus stop, and it’s also safe.

BOB RAUCH

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