The city Department of Transportation will close a parking lot in Fort Totten that two buses use to turn around in order to remediate an ongoing flooding problem.
David Fisher, a spokesman for Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), said the DOT will do the work over several weeks.
The parking lot is used by the Q16 and Q13 bus lines — which both connect Bay Terrace to Downtown Flushing — to turn around after making their last stop outside the fort at the foot of Bell Boulevard. During heavy rains, the buses are often forced to detour because of flooding in the lot. Often the detours last beyond the rain because of residual muddy conditions, which was the situation most recently last Friday.
Last week, Braunstein announced that the buses would continue to use the fort as a turnaround point despite earlier attempts by the city to move the routes for one year due to construction work on the Little Bay comfort station.
The MTA had planned to reroute the buses through the neighborhood, but will now continue to use the turnaround once the parking lot work is finished.