Business leaders in Maspeth last week hosted a tour of the neighborhood’s industrial zone for officials from the city’s Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort to increase mass transit into the area.
The visit was organized by the Maspeth Industrial Business Association and Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Brooklyn).
MIBA officials said the area employs about 25,000 people, and that limited access to public transportation inhibits growth. They said it also encourages some businesses to relocate.
During the meeting, MIBA officials made recommendations including better coordination of the Q59, Q39, Q58, Q54 and Q67 bus lines.
They also would like new or modified bus routes along Rust Street and from the 7 train to Rust Street.
Also at the top of the list is reconstruction of the Grand Avenue Bridge, which currently is slated for the year 2020; construction of new bus shelters; and the use of priority signaling for buses at traffic lights.