Improvements are indeed long overdue for the 14 miles Woodside to Rockaway corridor that serves over 30,000 riders per day. According to the numbers presented to the community, 400,000 residents are within a 15 minute walk of the corridor and 60% of them use transit. The study to reduce congestion started in 2008 and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is now working with MTA Bus to evaluate the possibility of implementing Select Bus Service.
The first round of concepts were presented at the public open house on November 5. The expanded medians to reduce pedestrian crossing distance as well as place the bus stations in the center would benefit the most since it allows for a true “dedicated lane” without competing with non MTA vehicles.
Will it finally bring relief for faster bus service? It really depends which of the concepts will be used. Anyone riding the Q52/53 service knows trucks making deliveries and cars that are double parked always causes bottleneck along Queens Boulevard. What do you think of these concepts and which do you think will work better? Share your opinion below.