It’s no secret that the borough’s transportation infrastructure is, at best, lacking, at worst, grossly insufficient. Subways, buses and streets are congested even beyond normal rush hours.
We are intrigued by plans to implement Select Bus Service in two parts of the borough – along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, and along Main Street between Flushing and Jamaica. If done right, these plans could dramatically improve the speed of bus service along both corridors. This is sorely needed.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The MTA and the city Department of Transportation need to come up with a more encompassing plan for the entire borough. Residents in Eastern and Southeast Queens have limited transportation options. As areas like Long Island City and Flushing – which has one only subway station – continue to grow, the buses, subways and roads that connect those communities are reaching their capacity. Our transit system is built to move people to and from Manhattan, but today many Queens residents travel within the borough for work.
We call on our leaders to show us a comprehensive plan to improve transportation and public transit access all across Queens. We also ask Borough President Melinda Katz to make this a priority.
We cannot build a 21st Century borough with 20th Century infrastructure.