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Q52 bus to go one more mile east

Change to benefit Rockaway riders

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Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:30 am

Transportation advocates are celebrating the MTA’s decision to extend the Q52’s route by about one mile east on the Rockaway peninsula, allowing more commuters there to be served by the line.

“On our transit starved peninsula, we need to leverage every opportunity we can to improve commutes for Rockaway residents and bringing Select Bus Service down to the densest part of the Rockaways is one of those opportunities we must take advantage of,” said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) in a statement. “This is about transit equity and adding extra free time in the day for residents to relax and spend time off of the buses and trains that many Rockaway residents find themselves on for about 4 hours a day.”

The final eastbound stop for the Q52 — which originates in Jackson Heights and runs through Elmhurst before going south on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards to Rockaway — will be the southeast corner of Beach 54th Street and Beach Channel Drive starting this spring. Right now, it’s Beach 69th Street and Beach Channel Drive — 0.9 miles west from the planned stop.

The extension is estimated to cost $510,000 per year, according to the MTA, funding that has already been allocated in the agency’s annual operating budget.

“By extending the Q52, we are offering thousands of additional customers a one-seat ride and a more seamless connection to northern and central Queens,” New York City Transit Acting President Darryl Irick said in a statement issued by the MTA.

The change is expected to benefit commuters from several apartment buildings in Rockaway, including the Nordeck Apartments, Arverne View Apartments and the Ocean Bay Apartments housing complex — all located along the extended route.

In addition to Beach 54th Street and Beach Channel Drive, which will be the first Elmhurst-bound stop of the route, several other new stops will be added, including one at Beach 59th Street and Arverne Boulevard.

The Beach 69th Street stop that is now the final one going east will be moved to Beach 67th Street and the Elmhurst-bound stop at Beach 69th Street will be eliminated.

“The MTA is performing a valuable service for Rockaways residents by extending the Q52 to Beach 54th Street,” said John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance, in a statement issued by the MTA.

The change will precede the implementation of the controversial Select Bus Service, which will bring more changes to stops, along with off-board fare machines, longer buses and dedicated bus lanes along much of Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards. Parts of SBS are scheduled to come to Woodhaven Boulevard between Park Lane South and the Rockaway Boulevard/Liberty Avenue intersection.

The full implementation of SBS is scheduled for sometime after 2020.

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  • pvaldezriverajr posted at 4:18 pm on Fri, Feb 17, 2017.

    pvaldezriverajr Posts: 292

    If only the Q52 SBS will be extending to the Downtown Far Rockaway Central Business District because of the recent, current and future commercial and residential development in a couple of years or so. [wink]