2010-10-22 / Letters

A Downtown Express Bus

The following letter was sent to Jay H. Walder, MTA chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Walder grew up in Rockaway and attended Beach Channel High School, making his recent decisions to cut Rockaway’s already limited public transportation services and to reinstate the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge all the more baffling to McCarthy.

Dear Chairman Walder,

I am writing in support of express bus service from the Rockaway Peninsula to Downtown Manhattan. There is a crucial need for this service to start immediately.

As a former Rockaway resident, you must know that the Rockaways have long been starved for adequate public transportation. Simply stated, since the termination of the Rockaway Ferry service on July 1, 2010, there is no mass transportation from this area to Lower Manhattan. Residents from many communities on the Rockaway Peninsula who input their home addresses into New York City Transit’s http://tripplanner.mta. info website in order to find out how they might be able to travel to Downtown Manhattan receive the message “Sorry, we are unable to provide any information because No stops within walking distance of origin.”

I would like to ask why MTA express bus service is offered from the Rockaways to Midtown Manhattan and not Lower Manhattan. For example, the QM16 express bus offers six trips in the morning and 8 trips in evening and the QM 17 express bus offers 7 trips in the morning and 9 trips in the evening. Yet not one express bus trip is offered to the residents of Rockaway to Downtown Manhattan. Former riders of the Rockaway Ferry alone would fill up at least two express buses from Rockaway to Downtown Manhattan each day, each way.

It is indeed ironic that the three communities on the west end of the Rockaway Peninsula save New York City millions of dollars each year by providing their own vital services (fire, ambulance, police, sanitation, lifeguards, etc.), but are being denied New York City public transportation.

Without public transportation, the Rockaways remain inaccessible to residents of other neighborhoods, and revitalization is all but impossible.

The Rockaways continue to be hit where it hurts more than any other neighborhood by City funding cutbacks. Our bridge tolls have risen, our children have lost yellow school bus service, and the ferry that provided a transportation lifeline to residents of our Peninsula has been taken away.


Letters I expect your support for the immediate implementation of express bus service from the Rockaway Peninsula to Downtown Manhattan.


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Not only do we need a

Not only do we need a downtown express bus but the supposed A "express" needs to really be express from Rockaway Park and Far Rockaway and if they cannot make those trains truly express to make less stops then I turn to plan B. The Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park trains should run to Broad Channel and then have one train from Broad Channel express stopping in all stops in queens and then skipping all brooklyn stops except Broadway Junction and Jay Street. The C train can take the place of the A train at those stops and take people from brooklyn to Manhattan.

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