Slow commute times in a frigid borough
by Andrew Shilling
Feb 19, 2014 | 1233 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alex Maureau began his evening commute to the last Community Board 5 meeting from his home at 79th Place and 78th Avenue at 6:25 p.m., but still arrived late for the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Christ the King High School in Middle Village.

“I was waiting for the Q29, which at still peak hours, maybe every 10 minutes buses still go through,” said Maureau, a Glendale resident and representative of State Senator Joseph Addabbo. “I go to the stop at 6:30, but I don’t catch the Q29 until 6:50 p.m. and of which there were people standing there before I got there with no bus.”

By the time he made it to his transfer at the Q54 bus, Maureau said others were already waiting and he again waited yet another 30 minutes for the connection.

“In case you hadn’t realized, it’s a little chilly outside,” he said. “I’m freezing, and I still hadn’t thawed out from the 30 minutes I was waiting for the Q29.”

One other resident said he too had trouble with the Q18 over the last several weeks.

“It has been getting worse and worse as time goes on,” the resident said during the meeting’s public forum.

A representative with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) said that while the snow-covered streets has led to numerous delays, construction on some streets has made certain bus lines in the area even slower.

“For the Q54, in addition to the weather conditions it has been plagued with construction on Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South, which recently had one lane of traffic open for both east and westbound traffic,” said the representative.

The spokesperson added that the city is also, “on schedule to bring Bus Time to Queens and Brooklyn in the coming weeks.”

MTA Bus Time provides a digital bus location update to your smartphone, computer, tablet or mobile device, and is currently available in Staten Island and the Bronx, as well as selected routes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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