The MTA has added articulated, also known as accordion or double, buses to the Q7 line in southern Queens.
The longer, increased-capacity buses, which were introduced to intraborough routes in Queens on the Q10 between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport along Lefferts Boulevard earlier this year, also ran along the Q52 limited line between Arverne and the Queens Center mall during the period in which the A train was out of service in the Rockaways due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The subway reopened in May and the articulated buses stopped running on the route. The Q44, which connects Jamaica to the Bronx, has had artic buses for some time.
The Q10 articulated buses have been controversial. Residents living on or near Lefferts Boulevard have complained about the loss of parking spots due to the longer bus stops needed and the wide turns the vehicles make.
The Q7 runs from the Euclid Avenue subway station in East New York, Brooklyn to the JFK Airport cargo area and serves the neighborhoods of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and South Jamiaca, mainly along Rockaway Boulevard. It is used heavily by airport workers living in South Queens and residents in South Jamaica and South Ozone Park accessing the Rockaway Boulevard A train station.