Transit Meeting Draws The Outspoken Few By Brian Magoolaghan
SEQTAC chairperson Markisha Beckford, left, managed the question and answer session. Seated right, the MTA’s Joseph Raskin, Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations.
A panel of transit representatives answered questions from Rockaway residents who hate their commute, recently, by promising to ‘look into it,’ or by saying their hands are tied.
The meeting was lightly attended, with just about 20 commuters present, but the questions and complaints were plenty.
The meeting, hosted by the South East Queens Transportation Advisory Committee (SEQTAC) and sponsored by State Senator Malcom Smith, was held last Thursday at Far Rockaway High School. The panel was comprised of representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the city’s Department of Transportation, Green Bus Lines, and Jamaica Busses.
|Jamaica Bus representative Richard Conry, left, and Green Bus Lines’ David Rosenthal sat on the panel. Rosenthal further corroborated what The Wave reported last week with regard to the company’s uncertain future.||Connie Moran, from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s Office, left, sits next to the Department of Transportation’s Joe Canisi who faced tough questions from at least one audience member. After the man, a former bus driver, called for his resignation, Canisi said their dialogue was over.|
|George Haikalis from the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility says long commutes keep growth and tourism from Rockaway.||‘We Need Answers!” The audience came with questions for the panel. Dorothy Williams-Pereira, seated center wearing with pocket book in lap, says “getting to Rockaway is a part-time job.”|
|Sheldon Hosten says living in Rockaway for the last four years has been “torture,” because of the ‘A’ Train. He says he’ll be moving as soon as he is able to.|