Five bus lines in Queens that were trimmed or eliminated because of budgetary concerns in 2010 were reinstated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week.
The routes were among 17 restored citywide on either Jan. 6 or 7.
“We are here to provide mass transit service, and that we were able to restore some earlier service cuts while at the same time extending service along several routes is great news for us to share,” said New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast in a statement issued by the MTA.
The service upgrades in Queens include:
• Restoring the Q24 extension from Broadway Junction to Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn via Broadway;
• Providing new overnight service on the Q27 from the Horace Harding Expressway to Cambria Heights via Springfield Boulevard;
• Adding a Queensborough Community College branch to the Q30;
• Extending alternate trips from Jamaica Avenue to Little Neck via Little Neck Parkway on the Q36, restoring weekday service along the old Q79 route, and;
• Restoration of Q42 midday service from Jamaica Center to St. Albans via Archer Avenue.
Later this year the M60 line will get Select Bus Service connecting the Upper West Side and LaGuardia Airport via 125th Street and Astoria Boulevard.
In a statement issued by the Amalgamated Transit Union on Jan. 2, union president and business agent I. Daneek Miller,praised the restoration of service, saying the MTA was mending the “grievous error of its prior administration.”
The union represents bus drivers, mechanics and maintenance personnel.
“These service restorations in Queens address the needs of working families, workers, seniors and students who depend on their transit service,” Miller said.
He added that more remains to be done in order to keep providing safer and more dependable service.