DOT, MTA to discuss bus service on Woodhaven
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 16, 2014 | 595 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) are holding the first of several public-planning workshops to discuss the future of Woodhaven Boulevard.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 23, at J.H.S. 210 Elizabeth Blackwell, 93-11 101st Avenue.

Residents will have a chance to meet with the two transportation divisions to discuss ways to improve bus service, traffic flow and overall safety along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards.

“This meeting is designed as an opportunity to introduce the concept of Select Bus Service to the community and gather feedback on bus ridership, congestion concerns and safety needs along the corridor,” explained a spokesperson with DOT.

The city’s bus service carries an estimated 2.7 million riders every day, according to the MTA. The city first implemented Select Bus Service in 2008 to incorporate high visibility stations, dedicated bus lanes and more efficient vehicles with intentions to create a more organized service.

Numerous elected officials have long pressed for better transportation throughout the outer boroughs, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said she hopes the outreach plan will create a better focus on the busy thoroughfare.

“As the second fastest growing county in the state, Queens needs public services that can keep up with rising demand,” Crowley said. “Queens remains disproportionately under-served by public transportation, and I am glad to see the MTA is taking steps to invest in our borough’s future.”

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