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One- Seat Bus Ride To LGA?

MTA Eyes Glendale Link To Airport
by Robert Pozarycki


This map shows the proposed combined route of the Q45 and Q47 bus lines that the MTA Bus Company plans to introduce this September. Dubbed the Q47, the line would operate between The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale and LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal. The Q45 label would be retired. This map shows the proposed combined route of the Q45 and Q47 bus lines that the MTA Bus Company plans to introduce this September. Dubbed the Q47, the line would operate between The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale and LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal. The Q45 label would be retired. Currently linking commuters between Glendale and Jackson Heights, the Q45 bus line may soon be merged with another route and extended northbound to terminate at LaGuardia Airport, according to MTA Bus Company plans provided to the Times Newsweekly.

In an Aug. 4 letter sent to Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano, MTA Bus Company president Darryl C. Irick stated that the agency will combine the Q45 and Q47 bus routes into one line operating between LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal and The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale as soon as this September.

Both the Q45 and Q47 lines terminate at the 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue subway station, connecting riders to the E, F, M, R and 7 trains. The Q47 line runs northbound through local streets in Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst to the Marine Air Terminal, while the Q45 rolls through Woodside, Maspeth, Elmhurst and Middle Village en route to Atlas Park.

The MTA Bus Company plan would combine both lines and routes under the Q47 label (the Q45 name will be retired), with some changes around Jackson Heights and the 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue station. According to Irick, the plan would reduce bus layovers and provide “improved north-south transit access through the western portion of Queens, currently underserved by direct north-south transit service.”

He maintained that “the route combination will not impact any bus stops, and service frequency and span will be generally unchanged.” The company plans to implement the route change in September.

Buses on the Q45 generally run every 12 to 15 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hours; buses on the Q47 line operate every eight to 12 minutes during rush hour periods. Both bus lines operate on a half-hour schedule during off-peak periods; there is no service on either line daily during early morning hours from 1 to 5 a.m.

The company will also change the current travel path for southbound Q47 and Q49 buses running through Jackson Heights as part of the city Department of Transportation’s “Jackson Heights Neighborhood Transportation Study,” which reviewed traffic and pedestrian movements through the neighborhood and formed a slate of improvements designed to bolster safety for travelers.

Under the proposal, the MTA Bus Company will have southbound Q47 and Q49 buses traveling westbound on 35th Avenue from Jackson Heights turn left onto 75th Street to the 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue station; these buses currently use 73rd Street. This change will also require the one-way conversion of a portion of 75th Street from a one-way northbound into a one-way southbound.

In a phone interview with the Times Newsweekly on Wednesday morning, Aug. 10, Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano stated that his “real concern is whether or not there’s going to be any reduction of service” along the portion of the new Q47 route served currently by the Q45 line.