Lousy bus service
Why is it that Q41 bus riders from the Howard Beach-Lindenwood area always have to wait so long for a bus every morning just to get to the A train at Liberty Avenue?
The 7 to 8 a.m. hour is peak rush hour and we need more buses to get us to the train.It seems that if you don’t make the 7:20 a.m. Q41 its pot luck when and if the next one will arrive.
When the buses do come, they come two in a row so packed that you can not even get on. Since the school year began service went downhill, not that it was outstanding before. Now the bus is jammed with school kids. Have provisions been made by the MTA to handle these extra commuters?
I waited one morning for half an hour starting at 7:30 a.m. while six express buses passed by. The express bus is not helpful for those of us who work in lower Manhattan. MTA should consider running at least two shuttle buses during rush hour from Howard Beach-Lindenwood to Liberty Avenue and back,instead of making riders wait for the bus to travel the maze of streets coming from Jamaica. Such a bus could be advertised as “Train Shuttle Only,” and just take commuters back and forth. I’m sure taking one bus off the Q7 and Q11 route to do this would not be noticed, since many times an empty one passes by.
It’s a disgrace how the MTA has their so-called surveyors with their clipboards on the bus accessing the stop times and people getting on the bus on the days when not many people are traveling (e.g., the last week of August). I hope these are not the people deciding to cut services.
Evening returns are not much better, and the seedy corner of Liberty and Cross Bay Boulevard is not a place you want to spend a long wait on a dark evening. It would be nice if you had some decent stores on that corner that perhaps us bus commuters would want to patronize while waiting. Instead it’s a place where teens gather. Again, here is where the train shuttle bus would come in handy.
But with the winter coming we know what’s coming. The MTA will just live up to its name ... More Trouble Ahead.
Keep Lindenwood safe
(An open letter to the residents of Lindenwood)
We are writing this letter to introduce a new group that has formed in Lindenwood and to discuss an issue that can directly affect the quality of life that we have come to know and enjoy.
As you are well aware, in the summer of 2010, Lindenwood and its residents were the victims of various quality of life crimes. As a result of the need to unite as a community, the Lindenwood Alliance was formed.
As the founding members, we took to the streets of Lindenwood to distribute flyers to residents, sought the advice of our elected officials and our local precinct and contacted the local newspapers. In December, the first official meeting was held.
Most recently, we had the pleasure of meeting with the Presidents Council, a panel of representatives from various cooperatives and condominiums in the area. Many important issues were discussed and it was determined that we needed to work together to get things done in our unique community — the main issue being our private security.
We are aware that many of the co-ops, condos and private homes have opted out of their contract with the current private security company. It is the concern of our group that with budget cuts to the NYPD and the opening of the new racino so close to our neighborhood, we may want to re-explore quality private security.
The Lindenwood Alliance, with the Council of Presidents, would like to invite you to a meeting on Monday, Oct. 10th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, 155-45 84 St. (85th Street entrance between 156th and 157th avenues).
Pamela Goldstein, president of Neighborhood Crime Prevention, and Debbie Velez of Phoenix Security will be giving a presentation in an effort to assist us and answer any questions that may help us in making our decision.
It is our hope that you will make every effort to attend this important meeting.
Founding Members, Lindenwood Alliance Lindenwood
Thank you so much for AnnMarie Costella’s reports on our struggle for a playground at PS 251 (“All work, no play,” May 12, and “Fight to restore school playground continues,” Sept. 15, multiple editions). We have been so impressed by her sensitivity, her razor-sharp skills and her rapport with the parents and children. We are truly grateful to AnnMarie and the Queens Chronicle for telling our story.
We just received encouraging news. One of our lead parents, Mike Pickney, called to say that he received word from Donovan Richards that the Department of Education has found the money and will be replacing the playground. We wait in expectant excitement for details, but I just could not wait to let you know.
Believe us, on the day the children are able to enjoy that playground for the first time, we want you there to help them to celebrate. I will be in touch.
Meanwhile, a million thanks from the parents and the children of PS 251 and the Springfield Gardens community.
Annette Jennings Bradley
Gov’t can’t run ecomomy
In his September 29 letter, “Gov’t must run economy,” Peter Terrebetzky wrote, “We need the government to micromanage the economy because corporate executives are incompetent, uncertain of what to do, and are laying off thousands of people.”
Currently, there are several quasi-governmental corporations in existence — the Postal Service, Amtrak, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. All of them are losing money.
I will take my chances with the private sector.
Obama’s no bystander
At the invitation of the former First Lady Nancy Reagan, New Jersey Gov. Christ Christie delivered a speech to rally the California GOP at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. His rebuke of Barack Obama caused me to believe that he over-reached with his charge that Obama was a, “bystander in the oval office.” The dictionary says that a bystander is a person who is present at an event without participating in it.
As a leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama achieved passage of a variety of legislation that put him right in the middle of the oval room action! Here are key parts of his agenda: repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell, the START treaty with Russia, the patients bill of rights, the recovery act, the child tax credit, Pell Grants extension, credit card reform, payroll tax cuts, the new GI bill of rights and veteran benefits, equal pay for equal work, the auto industry bailout, and the unemployment benefits extension.
Now, if you really want to talk about a “bystander in the oval office,” let’s look at two classic events of Bush 43!
1. When asked by a reporter why he rarely mentioned Osama Bin Laden, President George W. Bush replied, “I truly am not that concerned about him.” Folks, it took Barack Obama’s CIA and military teams to kill the two top world terrorists ... Osama Bin Laden and Anwar Al Awlaki.
2. When hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf states, President Bush viewed the great tragedy from a “safe” plane ride!
I hope my review, contrasting presidential leadership, convinced Chronicle readers that Gov. Chris Christie painted a very distorted picture of President Barack Obama!
Anthony G. Pilla
Invest in transit
Last month, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local No. 1056, elected officials and advocates came together to support federal funding for public transit and oppose cuts currently on the table in Washington. Local 1056 represents drivers and mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit’s Queens bus division. More information and an on-line petition may be found at supporttransit.org.
Decisions in Washington can make or break our economy, particularly here in New York. The president’s American Jobs Act includes $50 billion to upgrade America’s road, rails and airports. We need our members of Congress and senators to back this legislation that invests in the economy and grow jobs in America. We also called on Gov. Cuomo to stop raids on MTA dedicated tax funds by passing the Transit Funding Lockbox Bill.
The House leadership in our nation’s capital proposes to cut more than one third of federal funding across the board for public transit and surface transportation programs. If implemented, transit riders can expect service delays, fare increases and over-crowding, and businesses can face a period of no growth. The cuts would mean increased unemployment and stranding many Americans without access to their jobs and basics such as grocery stores, medical and faith services.
Our nation’s economy, and New York especially, require a thriving, working integrated mass transit system. This means reforming the existing antiquated federal transportation funding formula to allow large population urban areas to use monies for transit operations.
In Albany, when dedicated transit funds get diverted to the general fund, New Yorkers lose. After the state diverted $143 million of dedicated transit funding to balance its budget last year, New Yorkers got stuck with the harshest service cuts in a generation. The MTA cut 37 bus routes, 570 bus stops and two subway lines, including in Queens. We need to reverse these harmful cuts. We need a commitment from the MTA that any additional funding will support service restorations.
Investment in transit projects supports the construction and manufacturing trades. The investment in transit service pays big dividends, and any adherence to the short-sighted penny pinchers will further set back the economy and slow if not derail our economic recovery. A re-investment in operations makes certain our transit system moves people, workers, consumers and students, to keep our urban centers dynamic.
I Daneek Miller
ATU Local 1056