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Advocates ‘honor’ Queens bus routes

TransitCenter, Straphangers say Q54 is boro’s slowest; Q58, Q24 need help

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:30 am

Riders of the Q54 bus in Queens can take heart — sort of — in a report released Tuesday by NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter that confirms they’re riding the slowest bus in the borough.

The two riders’ organizations gave out their annual Pokey and Schleppie awards, the former for the slowest bus routes, and the latter for those with the most bunching, or buses arriving too closely to each other, thus making reliable service unpredictable.

The surveys took place in all city bus routes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays this past May.

No Queens routes were close to being the worst in the city in their categories, but the study also broke down the worst offenders by borough.

The Q54, which runs between Jamaica and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, clocked in at 6.4 miles per hour, but still was appreciably faster than the top — or bottom — performers in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. The Q58, which runs between Ridgewood and Flushing, did have the ninth-worst bunching problem in the city for lines with daily ridership of 10,000 or more at 15.1 percent.

While it does not meet the 10,000 rider threshold, the Q24, which runs between Jamaica and Bushwick, Brooklyn, had the worst bunching in Queens at 16.3 percent

“Our findings highlight what many city bus riders already know from daily commuting,” said Gene Russianoff, senior attorney for the Straphangers. “Despite significant bus improvements in recent years, far too many riders suffer slow and unreliable bus service.”

The groups did note that the number of major routes eligible for Schleppies — with 15 percent bunching or higher — was down from last year.

In an email to the Chronicle, MTA Communications Director Tim Minton said agency officials are all too well aware of the need to boost performance.

“Improving bus service is one of the four main pillars of President Andy Byford’s plan to modernize NYC Transit,” Minton wrote. “We’re redesigning the bus network in every borough, building a state-of-the-art new command center to better manage service, and modernizing our fleet with reliable new buses that are the most accessible, clean-running and advanced in history.”

Minton added that as part of the redesign, NYC Transit is assessing where new residential and commercial development has impacted bus routes.

“The commonsense objective is to make routes more direct and serve more New Yorkers, so that our buses can get them to their destinations faster,” he wrote.

NYC Transit is in the midst of a year-long study aimed at determining how routes, bus stop locations and other factors can be combined to improve service throughout the borough.

A report on existing Queens conditions is scheduled to be released this month. Some bus routes, for example, are old trolly routes and have not been adjusted in 40 years or longer despite changes in the community.

A draft plan for alternatives is slated for release in November. A final proposal, which will be subject to public review, is scheduled for release next April.

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  • Hunkster posted at 5:43 pm on Sun, Aug 11, 2019.

    Hunkster Posts: 16

    In terms of improving bus service through speed and efficiently in this borough, watch out or NIMBY groups MTA, DOT and transit advocates. 😭