2012-05-25 / Community

Goldfeder Asks MTA For Q53 Public Input


The Q21 stops along Rockaway Beach Boulevard, one of several buses facing route changes to and from the peninsula. The Q21 stops along Rockaway Beach Boulevard, one of several buses facing route changes to and from the peninsula. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has sent a letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota requesting a public hearing regarding the proposed changes to the Q11, Q21 and Q53 bus lines in Howard Beach, Broad Channel and Rockaway that would severely impact Broad Channel residents commuting to and from Rockaway and Howard Beach.

“With the already limited transportation options in Southern Queens and Rockaway, implementing these route changes would significantly impact the many commuters who rely on public transportation,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “With so many families still unaware of these changes, they deserve to not only be alerted on these route changes but to have a say in this process as it may greatly affect their daily lives.”

In order to provide Queens families with a forum to voice their concerns and opinions Goldfeder has asked MTA Chairman Joe Lhota to join him in hosting a public hearing on the proposed bus line changes in order to gauge the impact these changes would have on commuters in order to best serve riders and provide quality services.

Proposed changes to the bus lines include a new, limited Q52 route for commuters traveling to and from Broad Channel and the Rockaway Peninsula and a shortened route for the Q21 local line, which would go only as far south as 164th Avenue and 92nd Street, in Howard Beach. The proposed change to the Q11 route would stop bus service after 9 p.m. and force commuters to use the pedestrian bridge at 163rd Avenue.

“It’s important that we create an open dialogue and listen firsthand to the hardworking families who will be impacted by the revised route, and this public hearing will do just that,” Goldfeder said. “I will continue fighting to make our community a more comfortable and accessible place to live and work.”

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