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Maspeth residents pitch new bus line

After touring area, MTA and DOT sit with councilwoman and MIBA

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Thu Mar 14, 2013.

If the Maspeth Industrial Business Association gets its way, there will be a drastic improvement in public transportation efficiency in Maspeth.

The MIBA and Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Queens, Brooklyn) sat down with MTA and DOT representatives to persuade them to bring more buses to Maspeth.

“Public transportation in Maspeth has long been a complaint of industrial businesses and this issue came to a head during regular meetings of MIBA members,” Director of Business Development Jean Tanler said.

After last week’s listening tour, where concerned commuters expressed their concerns to MTA and DOT representatives, Reyna and MIBA shared their recommendations for the bus system in Maspeth.

“The Maspeth industrial area is an overlooked economic powerhouse in New York City,” Reyna said, “It is unacceptable that this area, located within a city-protected Industrial Business Zone, is suffering from dilapidated transportation infrastructure. That being said, I am pleased that the MTA and DOT have come to the table and acknowledged that action needs to happen.”

Recommendations made include the implementing of a new or modified bus route for service on Rust Street, priority signaling at stop lights for buses and coordinating schedules among the Q59, Q39, Q58, Q54 and Q67 buses to ensure consistency and frequency.

The MTA has promised to look into the suggestions but said that budget limits may prevent the creation of a new bus line.

Despite that, the MTA announced that the Bus Time app, which allows straphangers to track a bus location on their smartphone will be available to all of Queens by the end of 2013.

Tanler said the response from residents was overwhelmingly positive.

“It will help address the issue of unpredictability,” she said.

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  • dkupf posted at 1:26 pm on Fri, Mar 8, 2013.

    dkupf Posts: 0

    So, what do I suggest? Restore B13 service weekdays only via Wyckoff Ave and Bushwick Ave to Grand Ave, then extend it via Grand Ave, Morgan Ave, and Meeker Ave to Gardner Ave.

    Besides, I don't think that any new route would work as that there is no Maspeth Ave Bridge crossing Newtown Creek, and Grand Ave is a few blocks away.

  • dkupf posted at 9:00 pm on Thu, Mar 7, 2013.

    dkupf Posts: 0

    The service planners claim budget constraints, yet they are creating five new bus routes throughout the city this year. That's because Operations Planning (OP) people report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

    If OP was transferred to the Dept. of Transit Operations, they would be more responsive to the people's, as well as their own, ideas.

    What do you think?