The city Department of Transportation is installing a number of new poles along Woodhaven Boulevard between Metropolitan and Eliot avenues, the first steps toward a dedicated bus lane that is expected to be installed on the corridor as plans for Select Bus Service between Woodside and the Rockaways move forward.
The poles have been installed at a number of locations, mainly midblock. Some of the them include new streetlights on the southbound side of Woodhaven Boulevard next to St. John’s Cemetery, which currently lacks lighting.
“This will be used to hang a large bus lane sign, which will make the recently announced bus lane regulations, to be installed this summer, clear to drivers,” said DOT spokesman Nicholas Mosquera in an email. “DOT is currently at the beginning of the SBS planning process, and will continue to work closely with the community on any proposals for the corridor.”
The entire Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor is getting SBS. At the May 13 meeting of Community Board 9, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) told members that the city was moving forward with plans for dedicated bus lanes between Metropolitan and Eliot avenues.