2004-04-23 / Front Page

Rockaway Riders React To MTA Takeover Of Private Bus Lines

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg

Rockaway Riders React To MTA Takeover Of Private Bus Lines


Passengers boarding a Green Bus, which along with Jamaica, Triboro and the other private bus lines, will soon be a thing of the past, once the MTA takes over the routes beginning July 1.Passengers boarding a Green Bus, which along with Jamaica, Triboro and the other private bus lines, will soon be a thing of the past, once the MTA takes over the routes beginning July 1.

By Miriam Rosenberg

Contributing Editor

The July 1 MTA takeover of the seven private subsidized bus lines including Green Bus, Jamaica Bus and Triboro Coach, (the three lines that impact the peninsula) brought varying reaction from those locals who ride the buses.

While many didn’t seem to care about the change, several people did have definite opinions about the changeover.

Roberta Kinloch, who was waiting for the Triboro Q53, usually rides the Green Bus Line.

"The Green Bus Line could use some shaking up," said Kinloch, who complained about long waits for buses and rude drivers.

"Thank God [they’re being taken over]. Hopefully service will improve and the people who drive [the buses] will improve."

One woman, who asked that her name not be used, said she is happy with the changeover. She rides the Green Bus lines Q35 in Brooklyn and Q22 in Queens and doesn’t mind paying a higher fare for better service.

"I can’t wait," said the woman with cane in hand as she rested on a fire hydrant waiting for the Q22 on Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway. "They don’t follow schedules and they’re never on time."

Victor Gomez works for the Department of Education and takes the Triboro Q53 bus on Beach 116 Street almost every day.

"I don’t agree with the takeover," said Gomez, who lives in Long Island City and must pass through the Rockaways to get to his job. He believes that instead of changing hands, the investment should have been made to repair the broken down buses.

Stella Maris senior Alissa Baptiste is concerned that she and her friends will lose the drivers they have come to know.

"We get tight with the bus drivers," said Baptiste, who explained that Stella Maris students ride special buses that take them to school. In addition to joking with the drivers, students have even asked drivers for advice.

At a Jamaica Bus Line stop in Far Rockaway, one woman asked if there will be changes in the routes while another just wondered what took so long for the takeover to happen.

"It’s no big surprise," said the woman who preferred not to give her name. "It’s already $2 on the 32 [Long Island Bus] and $2 on the train. It would be more convenient if they were all the same price."

"I had a feeling the change would come eventually," she said.


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