The MTA is adding more Q53 buses to Rockaway during the morning rush hour.
Morning bus runs on the Q53 route between Rockaway Park and Woodside now start 30 minutes earlier on weekdays due to overcrowded conditions caused by the long-term loss of the A train’s Rockaway line south of Howard Beach, which was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
The first Q53 trip now begins at 4:30 a.m. rather than 5 a.m., a change designed to incrementally enhance the line’s service throughout the morning rush hour.
The Q53 bus starts at Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park, runs north along Cross Bay and Woodhaven boulevards and terminates at the Woodside LIRR station.
The Q53 runs with limited service between Broad Channel and Queens Center mall, stopping only at major intersections along Woodhaven Boulevard including Liberty Avenue, Jamaica Avenue and 63rd Drive. Another limited route, the Q52, runs from Arverne to Queens Center.
The MTA will continue to monitor mass transit to and from the Rockaways as it works to replace the rail bridge across Jamaica Bay.