The scheduling problems and overcrowding on the Q35 bus have continued to be a consistent problem since I met with Mr. Norman Silverman, head of MTA bus scheduling, at a meeting set up by City Councilman Eric Ulrich last December. At the time, it appeared to me that the MTA did not believe there were overcrowding and scheduling problems on the Q35.
Simply stated, more buses are needed on the Q35 line. Rockaway residents depend on the Q35 every day. It is our ONLY bus to Brooklyn. It is the only way we can connect with the subway to get to our jobs in downtown and lower Manhattan. Every day, morning and evening, we are crammed onto the bus. The bus passes stops by, too full to pick up any more passengers, leaving crowds of us stranded in the cold. Most days, more than one bus passes us by.
While there is a schedule, the buses are not adhering to it. At rush hours, we wait 30 minutes or more for a bus, and then 2 or even 3 show up. The first one fills up with passengers, and the buses right behind ride empty, often leaving remaining passengers stranded.
The residents of the Rockaways are literally being left out in the cold. This cannot go on.