2007-10-19 / Letters

Why All At One Time?

Dear Editor,

On Friday, September 28, I happened to be on Beach 116 Street at about 11 p.m.

I knew that the Marine Parkway/ Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge had been shut down for the month long week-night maintenance program, and that there had been some lane closures on the Cross Bay/Veterans Memorial Bridge, also for maintenance. Both are operated under "MTA Bridges and Tunnels", the former "Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority."

With one bridge

"out" and the other "limited", I was shocked to find that there were "MTA NYC Transit" busses (not to be confused with the new MTA Bus Company- the former Green Lines/Triborough Coach busses), running as the Subway Shuttle. Our Toonerville Trolley, known officially as the "A" Train, was undergoing repair...AGAIN.

So, while the Marine Parkway bridge is having its traffic redirected to the Cross Bay, disrupting the Q35 bus, and the subway is being suggested as an alternate to the Marine Parkway, we are actually losing the subway, several lanes of the Cross Bay, and total usage of the Marine Parkway bridge, for hours at a time, all at the same time?

I fear one bad accident, at an inopportune location, and we are, once again, shut off from the world.

I truly believe nobody is in charge, or if someone is, they must be suffering from "Head/Tail Inversion/Insertion" Syndrome.

Two final notes: The Q35 stops operations at around 9:30 p.m. due to the bridge repair, and Brooklyn College night classes end at 10 p.m. Has anyone taken this into account?

On Thursday, October 11, at 5:40 p.m. when trying to go over the Marine Parkway Bridge, that reopens at 5 a.m., I was redirected to drive back to the Cross Bay Bridge, as it appeared not even close to reopening for the day. Obviously, they follow some time schedule, just not the one they told the public.


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