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Residents disapprove of bus route altering

Idea of moving Q38 along park nixed

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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:40 am, Thu May 8, 2014.

Aside from supporting the Knockdown Center, apparently another way to face near unanimous disapproval at Juniper Park Civic Association meetings is to float the idea of changing bus routes.

Alex Maureau, constituent liaison for state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), broached the possibility of altering the Q38 bus route to include Juniper Boulevard South between 80th and 69th streets, where it would pick up its regular route, at last Thursday’s meeting in Middle Village.

The dozens in attendance were booing and disagreeing with the idea before Maureau finished his first sentence.

“We talk about the route being an issue, but what about the MTA drivers?” one attendee said. “Do you really think they’re going to maintain 30 miles per hour?”

Maureau said the main reasons behind the idea are the width of Juniper Boulevard South, the lack of effective snow removal on the side streets the bus travels down and it would allow the bus to travel along its route about 10 minutes faster.

“It’s worth exploring because Juniper Boulevard South is cleaned of snow every year, it’s wide and [bus drivers] can navigate,” he said.

If the idea is not met with community support in the next six weeks, it would no longer be considered, according to Maureau.

The Q38 runs between Otis and 60th avenues in Corona and 62nd Drive and 108th Street in Rego Park, with stops in Middle Village and Elmhurst.

The bus served nearly 2.2 million riders last year, an increase of more than 250,000 from 2012. It was the fourth highest ridership increase of any bus route in Queens.

In other business, Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden announced that the Postal Service will not charge the group to mail the next issue of its quarterly magazine, the Juniper Berry, to subscribers.

Dozens of magazines mailed out last month were either damaged or lost during delivery in March.

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