QUEENS, NEW YORK-It is finally here!!! After years and months of community board meetings, reaching out to bus riders, members of the council voicing their opinions/ideas, public design workshops, and meetings throughout all neighborhoods of the corridor, the Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevard +SelectBusService+ is a reality come true. The Q52 and Q53 Limited bus routes are the 2nd and 3rd bus routes, after LaGuardia Link Q70 +SBS to join the New York City Bus Rapid Transit Family. Its also the 3rd and 4th routes for Queens, as well as the 16th and 17th bus routes for the city, respectively. The Q52 and Q53 bus routes serve approximately 20,000 daily riders. The Q52 and Q53 provide north-south service along the Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards corridors connecting the neighborhoods of Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Middle Village, Forest Hills, Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Rockaway Beach, Arverne and Rockaway Park in Queens. The Q52 and Q53 also serve as an important subway feeder to the (7)(7X)(A)(E)(F)(M)(R)(J)(Z)(S-Rockaway Park Shuttle) trains and the Long Island Rail Road in addition to serving Queens Center Mall, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Rego Park Center, Forest Park and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Q52 +SBS and Q53 +SBS has been launched on November 12th, 2017. Woodhaven Boulevard, which becomes Cross Bay Boulevard in the Howard Beach area, is a major north-south thoroughfare in Queens that serves major residential and commercial areas. Currently, the corridor is served by the Q52 and Q53 Limited; Q11 and Q21 local; and BM5, QM15, QM16 and QM17 express bus routes, carrying a total of more than 31,000 people daily, many of whom use these routes to connect the subway lines mentioned above, or the Long Island Rail Road’s Woodside Station. An average of 20,000 weekday customers rely on the Q52/Q53 Limited routes, which spans approximately 14 miles. As part of the process to introduce Select Bus Service to the corridor and to implement street changes, MTA Bus and NYCDOT participated in or hosted more than 20 community meetings and public workshops to solicit public feedback. A Community Advisory Committee comprising elected officials, community boards and various stakeholders was also convened to provide guidance for the design and implementation of Select Bus Service. The Q52 +SBS (Elmhurst to Arverne) is based out of the JFK Bus Depot (even though a it's a Far Rockaway route), and operates between 5am and 1am.
The Q53 +SBS (Woodside to Rockaway Park) is based out of the LaGuardia Bus Depot and operates at all times.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Extensive data collection and observations found that along the Bx6’s 6.3-mile route, vehicles parked in bus stops, double parking and traffic congestion slowed bus speeds to between 3 and 4 miles per hour in the 161st Street and Sherman Avenue area and through the vehicle tunnel under the Grand Concourse. As a result, those areas underwent major street redesigns to incorporate bus lanes, wider sidewalks for pedestrians, and median bus boarding islands to avoid vehicles parked in stops. Both the Bx6 SBS and local service benefit from these redesigns. Bx6 bus service before +SBS implementation can be found here and +SBS preview here. Commentary on this new +SBS route is also found here. Bx6 +SBS+ and Local Bus Action can be seen here. All action that was taken place on this route
New York City Transit’s push to bring Select Bus Service, New York’s version of the Bus Rapid Transit concept, to more routes across the city is part of the MTA’s broad program to improve bus service and attract new ridership. The MTA is in the process of upgrading its bus fleet with modern customer amenities such as Wi-Fi, USB charging ports and digital information screens, and advanced bus operating technology such as traffic signal priority, and pedestrian and collision safety warning systems. Bx6 +SBS+ operates daily from 5am to 10pm, daily, while Bx6 local operates at all times.
Next bus routes to join the +SBS+ family are the Q52/53 (Woodhaven/Cross Bay) in Fall 2017 and the B82 (Southern Brooklyn) in Spring 2018.