The MTA is at it again by proudly releasing its Queens Bus Redesign draft plan.
In their proposed revision, the MTA is completely removing bus access to Queens Plaza and Queensborough Plaza for everyone living along 21st Street in Astoria and Long Island City.
The Q69 will no longer turn left after the bridge. To access the 7 train, you will have to walk up from 21st St and Bridge Plaza South.
The Q66 no longer comes from Woodside to Queensborough Plaza and Queens Plaza, and its replacement goes to Roosevelt Island. This will prove to be a hardship for everyone who uses the Q66 to get to either the Queensbridge F stop.
The Q100 just plain disappears.
Not only is there no ADA or stroller access to the N/W in Astoria, they are removing our ADA access to the elevator at Queens Plaza.
The end result is that if anyone requires ADA access and lives along 21st Street, the only option is the F at Queensbridge. Need the N, Q, R, W or 7 trains? Sorry, take a Lyft!
An additional loss is the ability of anyone living along the 21st Street corridor to connect to the bus lines that go into Manhattan from Queens Plaza North.
There is the ability to comment on each proposal on the MTA’s website. We must do exactly that and spread the word however we can.
Marc M. (Last name withheld by request)