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Overnight service coming to Q53

Last Woodside-to-Rockaway limited bus at midnight is often crowded

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  • rgen36 posted at 5:53 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

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    I see that the MTA has been able to find the funds to restore bus services that were cut but apparently not in Hamilton Beach. At the May 2012 Community Board 10 meeting, The MTA announced that effective this July 2012 , the Q11 bus that services Hamilton Beach will stop at 10:00 pm. We tried to explain to them that many of our non-driving teens and adults work at Resorts World or Queens Center Mall. Resorts World is a 24 hour operation and most stores in Queens Center Mall are open until 10:00 pm. The MTA’s answer was for them to take the Q11 Howard Beach bus and to either walk the boardwalk or use the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Hawtree Creek from 99th Street. I know that I wouldn’t want to use either of those at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. They’re under lit and desolate. Another problem with both of these entrances into Hamilton Beach, as many in Hamilton Beach know all to well, is the flooding that occurs during new and full moon high tides as well as most storms. Just this past week, the foot of the pedestrian bridge (between Davenport Court and Rau Court) was flooded with a foot of water until 3:30 am..
    Suggestions were made to the MTA about having the Q11 make one loop during the overnight hours. It could make it regular run through Howard Beach but make a right onto 102nd Street and come into Hamilton Beach. It would add less then 5 minutes to that run. The walk from the pedestrian bridge or the train station to the end of the 165th Ave. in Hamilton Beach is nearly 1 mile. I don’t understand how this is acceptable by the MTA. In a statement from James Harding, the Vice President of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs, the MTA “will continue to monitor ridership on this branch to determine if future adjustments are warranted.” Can someone please explain to the residents of Hamilton Beach how can they “monitor ridership” if there are no buses for people to ride in. That’s like trying to count the stars in the sky during daylight hours.
    Public transportation is vital to Hamilton Beach . Due to Hurricane Sandy many residents lost their personal vehicles . Many still have not been able to afford replacement vehicles which makes public transportation as vital as all of the other city services. What’s next? Sanitation is only going to make one pick-up a week instead of two because there isn't enough garbage. The residents of Hamilton Beach pay taxes like everyone else in this city. I see sign everywhere saying “ your taxes hard at work”. Funny…I've never seen those signs in Hamilton Beach. We urge the MTA to restore bus service into Hamilton Beach.
    Roger Gendron
    President
    New Hamilton Beach Civic