Fort Totten Buses Access Restored

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

The Dept. of Transportation has finished repaving Duane Road. With the end of construction comes the return of two Fort Totten buses.

Since the Fort Totten parking lot is being renovated, the Q13 and the Q16 buses have been using Duane Road near Totten Avenue inside of Fort Totten to turn around at the end of their routes. However, the poor condition of the road made the turns impossible. The repaving has resolved this situation.

Before this solution came together, the two buses were using other streets to turn around, affecting neighborhood residents and bringing up concerns with traffic congestion and safety. Duane Road was covered in potholes, many of which were deep enough to damage the buses’ undercarriages.

Community Board 7 district manager Marilyn Bitterman said she heard about the issue from community members and then proceeded to reach out to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, DOT and Borough President Melinda Katz to get the problem fixed.

“I would like to thank everyone for their cooperative effort in getting the road repaired, especially the office of the Borough President,” Bitterman said.

Now that the road has been repaved and the buses can make their turns again, community leaders are relieved.

“On behalf of the entire community, I want to thank everyone for their efforts in making it possible for the Q13/Q16 buses to once again turn around inside Fort Totten,” Warren Schreiber, President of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, said. “When people work together in an atmosphere of good will, positive things can be accomplished.”

Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) was also happy to see the turnaround restored. In June 2013, the assemblyman had arranged the agreement between the MTA and community leaders to prevent the two lines from going through residential streets.

“This is good news for our constituents in Bay Terrace. We should also not forget to thank the U.S. Army for continuing to allow the buses to travel within Fort Totten,” Braunstein said.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.