I strongly object to the President of Glen Oaks Village, Bob Friedrich proposal to merge the Q76 and Q79 bus routes in a new single circular route. Friedrich has been stating for years that these routes (the Q76, via Francis Lewis Blvd. and the Q 79 on Little Neck Pkwy) run parallel.
\This is incorrect. Did he ever study the mTA bus maps? If Friedrich did, he would know that the Q76 starts at the Jamaica Bus Terminal, serves two Hillside Avenue subway stations, seven schools and finishes at the popular College Point shopping center. The MTA estimated travel time is 50 minutes for this route.
What alternatives are prepared for the Q76 riders if they do not board or departs this new bus line on Francis Lewis Blvd.? What are all the displaces students riders going to do at a time when they are at risk of losing their Metrocards? Why would anyone who utilizes the Q76 want or need such a route?
This route might be good for Friedrich's self-serving interest but a disaster to many transit riders. His blindfolded surgery, complete lack of knowledge of the MTA transfer network and refusal to listen to community leaders, would amputate many Q76 riders from this critical north/south transit artery.
Why would anyone from my Fresh Meadows community want to take the extra time to travel in the opposite direction and then be charged a higher fare at the Little Neck Long Island Railroad Station?
Friedrich stated proposal to help the fiscally challenged MTA is to create this new circular routes so that some bus lines can be maintained while others are eliminated. His plan to merge pre-existing MTA bus routes will turn our public transportation landscape into alien crop circles.