BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
As of Sept. 9, commuters living and working along the Astoria and Long Island City waterfront are experiencing faster and more reliable bus service.
The Q103 line, which runs between Astoria and Hunters Point, will run 30 times a day, as opposed to 25 times day.
The new service is concentrated during the morning rush-hour, starting at 5:40 a.m. instead of 6:10 a.m. The bus runs every 15 minutes, as opposed to every 20 minutes. The last round the bus will make is at 7:50 p.m. instead of 7:18 p.m.
Bobby Preti, Riders Alliance member and Astoria bus rider, said, “Knowing that my bus will come more often and according to schedule is a welcome change.”
These improvements have come after advocacy from State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and the Riders Alliance. During the spring, the Riders Alliance surveyed riders to identify their problems with the Q10 line. Those concerns included the lack of frequency and reliability of the bus service.
“As western Queens continues to include our City’s fastest growing neighborhoods, we need to make sure public transportation keeps up,” Gianaris said in a statement.
Amy Hau, director of administration and external affairs at The Noguchi Museum, highlighted their excitement and the importance of expanded bus service because many tourists and commuters rely on the Q103 to connect vital points along the Western Queens waterfront.
However, she said, “based on my unscientific findings, during the last two weeks, services was not at all reliable [starting] from early morning through the day, but we’re hoping that the schedule will settle down soon.”
Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.