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Bus lane pain

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 2:04 pm, Thu May 29, 2014.

Dear Editor:

(An open letter to Queens Transportation Commissioner Dalia Hall)

I’d just like to inform you of my position on proposed changes on Woodhaven Boulevard.

Having a bus lane taking away a car lane for 12 hours a day will be a driver’s nightmare. There are over 100 percent more cars, vans and trucks than buses on the road. To have that many automobiles utilizing one less lane will cause more congestion and longer travel time for drivers (also more air pollution and more gas consumption). I am talking from experience on the proposed 12-hour bus lane. I use Nostrand and Rogers avenues in Brooklyn regularly and they’re a nightmare.

I would like to suggest eliminating parking and meters between the hours 7 and 10 a.m. Monday to Friday going north on Woodhaven Boulevard to create your bus lane, therefore creating an extra lane which is more practical for better traffic flow. Then in the afternoon, from 4 to 7 p.m., do the opposite; eliminate parking and meters to create a bus lane going south. I hope this proposal is considered. It would work better for all.

If you go with your proposal, please consider not having it for 12 hours a day but only during rush hours. If I can be any assistance do not hesitate to call. Thank you.

Howard Kamph
President, Ozone Park Civic Association
Ozone Park

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