Construction of a Flushing Intermodal Bus Terminal might be a better alternative to "New bus routes near church" (Shane Miller - March 13).
In the early 1960's, Flushing Municipal Parking Lot 1 was thought of for construction of an intermodal bus terminal. This facility would take hundreds of buses off the surrounding streets, where they discharge and pick up riders.
Since that time, generation after generation of public officials on a bipartisan basis for almost 50 years have failed to secure any funding necessary to support this badly needed transportation improvement.
Since the 1960s, there has been an explosion in the number of commuters riding buses to Flushing and transferring to the subway. This has been complimented by a huge growth of commercial businesses accompanied by the demolition of homes to support construction of apartment houses and multifamily homes in the surrounding neighborhood.
Just walk in any direction from the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing and see.
Construction of a climate-controlled intermodal bus terminal could assist in improving traffic and pedestrian circulation in and around the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, along with the rest of downtown Flushing.
Tens of thousands of rush hour riders would be protected from heat, cold, rain, snow and winds. There could be a smoother transfer between the bus and subway. Opportunities would still be available for air rights above the bus terminal for parking or development.
How disappointing that no elected official ever stepped forward to honor this commitment from decades ago. Perhaps this project could be combined with plans to upgrade the Flushing Long Island Rail Road station?