Commuters complaining over the recent fare hike by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this January can at least see their extra quarter put to good use with the announcement of a number of bus route restorations to the five boroughs of NYC.
Following a number of concerted efforts in Queens from the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 1056, including a number of rallies, news conferences and other events, service to five bus lines in Queens has been restored.
Daneek Miller, ATU president and business agent, stood with a dozen Queens elected officials last Friday morning to announce the newly restored service at the Queens Village Bus Depot on Jamaica Avenue.
“ATU Local 1056 wants the public to know about the return of service, once the subject of misguided and hurtful cuts that affected many communities outside Manhattan,” Miller said.
Starting this past Sunday: the Q24 has been restored from Broadway Junction to Bushwick Avenue; the Q27 now runs an overnight service from Horace Harding Expressway to Cambria Heights; and the Q36 will now run extended alternate routes from Jamaica Avenue to Little Neck Parkway.
Also as of Sunday, the Q30 will now make stops at Queensborough Community College and Q42 midday service has been restored from Jamaica Center to St. Albans.
“ATU 1056 will work together with the community, our elected officials and our sister transit unions to make sure the MTA delivers what the riding public in Queens needs,” he said.
Councilman Mark Weprin, Assemblywoman Barbara Clark and several others showed their support for the restoration of public transit, stressing the fact that seniors, students and the community of Queens rely on buses around the clock on a daily basis.
“In terms of meeting a critical need, it is difficult to overstate the good done by the restoration of bus services on the routes in question, especially late-night service on the Q27,” said Clark. “Any commuter who has ever worked a graveyard shift will attest to the importance of having an economical, safe and dependable transportation option.”
State Senator Tony Avella assured his constituents that they have not been forgotten.
“Most residents in this section of Queens need this bus service to get them to the subways,” Avella explained. “When the MTA announced the restoration of this critical bus service last summer, it was the culmination of a long battle over the distinctive transportation needs of residents in this area.”
Avella stressed the fact that seniors and students alike rely on public transit on a daily basis.
“I am glad the MTA heeded our call, and I urge residents to take full advantage of the bus service we helped restore together,” he said.