Brooklyn depot wrong for Maspeth
Mar 15, 2011 | 2952 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
[Editor's note: the following is an open letter written to MTA Chairman Jay Walder]

Dear Mr. Walder:

I am writing on behalf of concerned constituents in Maspeth, Queens, regarding the potential relocation of a bus depot from Greenpoint in Brooklyn.

While I understand the desire of residents in the Greenpoint community to enhance green space in their neighborhood, simply transferring the depot to Maspeth would be a most inequitable and unfair solution.

Notwithstanding the fact that Maspeth already has two bus depots, there are multiple reasons why our community should not be the final destination for the depot currently at 65 Commercial Street.

The inordinate volume of truck traffic and severe dearth of green space currently contribute to significant pollution and congestion, issues that would be severely exacerbated by such a move.

The consequences of this situation are evident in the alarmingly high asthma rates among Queens residents in general and Maspeth residents in particular.

The relocation of this bus depot would only serve to further deteriorate the quality of air that our children are breathing in.

Placing this bus depot in Maspeth without public input or notification would be unfair to my constituents.

Therefore, I respectfully request that the depot be moved to an alternate site and that the MTA allow for a transparent process while informing the community of this ongoing development. To do otherwise would be irresponsible on the part of the MTA.

Sincerely,

Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

District 15
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