2008-05-30 / Letters

Municipal Garage/Blvd. Bottleneck = Recommended Solutions

Dear Editor,

The following recommendations have been forwarded to Community Board 14 for their consideration.

With the CB14 approval of the rezoning plan for the Rockaways, certified by the City Planning Commission, the following two recommendations are offered. First, with the R7A up zoning of Beach 116 Street from the promenade to the boulevard, off street parking will become a more severe problem. The redevelopment of Beach 116 Street will cause the loss of approximately 100 private off street parking spaces split between the closed Beach Club catering facility and the lot adjacent to the Rockaway Park Hotel. This fact will exacerbate an already severe lack of off street parking.

The county of Queens has 19 municipal parking facilities, administered by the City DOT. Four of these facilities are garages, the rest are parking lots. The current capacity of the municipal lot on Beach 116 Street is space for 150 cars.

It is recommended that the board request a feasible study by DOT to justify a three level garage with a capacity of 450 cars, tripling the existing lot capacity. With the summer beach traffic right around the corner, this recommendation might be the long term solution.

The second recommendation concerns the 'bottleneck' of traffic between Beach 116 Street and Beach 108 Street along the boulevard. The major cause beside volume is the current MTA bus routes. Get the buses off the boulevard from Beach 116 Street to Beach 108 Street.

All Q22 buses to be reported following the existing Q35 east bound, turning on Beach 147 Street and continuing along Newport Avenue continue east bound along Beach Channel Drive turning right on Beach 108 Street, picking up the boulevard. Reverse the route west bound. In addition offer limited stops along the Q22 route.

All weekday express buses to maintain current route, due to less frequent early morning, late evening runs.

The Q53 and Q21 bus routes westbound to turn on Beach 108 Street following Beach Channel Drive to Beach 117 Street turning into Newport Avenue. The same route east bound outlined above.

There will be a loss of stops between beach 147 Street and Beach 116 Street along the boulevard, but only one additional block for riders to walk. This inconvenience is outweighed by the benefits of safety and the relief of a major source of the existing 'bottleneck' along the corridor between Beach 116 Street and Beach 108 Street.


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