2017-02-17 / Community

MTA Expands Q52

By Gail Johnson

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has approved the extension of the Q52 Limited route starting this spring. The new final eastbound stop will be the southeast corner of Beach 54th Street and Beach Channel Drive. “By extending the Q52, we are offering thousands of additional customers a one-seat ride and a more seamless connection to northern and central Queens,” said MTA New York City Transit Acting President Darryl Irick.

This is a win for Community Board 14, the only Community Board that voted yes to Select Bus Service (SBS) slated to begin later this year, as well as Councilman Donovan Richards. Richards advocated for the extension to serve the commuting needs of the residents in the densely populated Arverne and Edgemere communities.

The extension will provide a muchneeded alternative to the areas currently only served by the Q22, which travels the peninsula from Far Rockaway to Roxbury.

The residents in the Nordeck Apartments, Arverne View Apartments, Ocean Bay Apartments and the surrounding homeowners will have a more convenient direct connection to Elmhurst as the bus travels through Rockaway Beach, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Rego Park.

“The MTA is providing a valuable service for Rockaway residents by extending the Q52 to Beach 54th Street,” said John Raskin, Executive Director of the Riders Alliance. “Especially with the implementation of Select Bus Service later this year, the Q52 will provide Arverne and Edgemere residents with more transit options and better connections to jobs, education and all the opportunities that New Yorkers should be able to access.

We applaud the MTA and NYC DOT for collaborating to bring this service to bus riders, and we appreciate Council Member Donovan Richards’ steadfast advocacy for better bus service in his community.”

One stop will be added in each direction at Beach 59th Street and Arverne Boulevard. Another new stop will be added at Beach 54th Street and Beach Channel Drive will be the first stop on the Elmhurst-bound route. The current final stop at Beach 69th Street will be relocated to Beach 67th Street. The Beach 69th Street Elmhurst-bound stop will be eliminated.

The extension of the Q52 will cost $510,000 a year and has been included in the MTA’S annual operating budget.

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The Q52 extension has nothing

The Q52 extension has nothing directly to do with (SBS) The Select Bus Service plan. Like I said a few dozen times there was no need to vote for SBS to obtain this extra service. If the local representatives would of fought a little harder and really pushed the MTA this could of been achieved. To vote for this whole outrageous SBS plan was just ridiculous and not safe actually the City is putting the Bus Ridership is danger with these Medians in the middle of traffic. Woodhaven/Crossbay Blvd will not be a safe roadway and many will now really find out what the word CONGESTION means when they remove traffic lanes!

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