From Eyewitness News:
"It's really just a slap in the face to the Long Island City community, to do this without input and then to have a shuttle service. That doesn't really get to the heart of where people need to go to and from," NYC Council Speaker, Christine Quinn said.
Wow. Christine Quinn is upset about repairs that happen every year at this time like clockwork? Repairs that help keep the subway functioning? Upset about a shuttle that has been running from Vernon-Jackson to Queens Plaza - where one can switch to a multitude of Manhattan-bound trains - for years? I was doing the weekend shuttle shuffle waaay back in 2000 and it's been going on every year since then (and yes, I can attest that it sucks big time). Why the sudden outrage now?
Where was Quinn's outrage when the M train shuttle was running every weekend for months causing 20 minute rides to become an hour and a half?
Where is Quinn's outrage over the currently proposed elimination of entire Queens bus routes?
When developers and their customers are affected, Quinn is outraged. When the rest of us are affected, she doesn't give a royal shit. (No potential campaign contributions from the Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village crowd, I suppose...) Face it honey, you pushed through overdevelopment plans for a neighborhood whose infrastructure couldn't support it. Time to own up to your mistake.
And Chris: The LIC developers and merchants will be providing free transportation to/from Grand Central anyway and drawing new business in the process.
So give it a rest already.