This is to advise you of MTA New York City Transit’s proposal to implement limited-stop service during weekdays along its Q58 bus route.
The Q58 provides local bus service from the Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal at the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue subway station to Main Street and 41st Road in Downtown Flushing. It uses a number of streets between those two points, including Palmetto Street, Fresh Pond Road, Grand Avenue, Broadway, Corona Avenue, 108th Street, the Long Island Expressway Service Road, and College Point Boulevard. The Q58 provides access to subway stations on the Canarsie, Myrtle Avenue, Queens Boulevard, and Flushing lines, commercial districts in Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Corona, and Flushing, public and private schools, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo, the Queens Museum of Art, Kissena Corridor Park, and the Queens Botanical Gardens. Numerous connections to other bus lines are provided along the length of the Q58.
Q58 ridership has significantly increased due to the introduction of the MetroCard and the transfer policies and fare discounts that have come with it. The Q58 has approximately 28,000 weekday customers, making it the second-busiest bus route in the Borough of Queens.
The Q58 has the key characteristics needed to implement limited-stop service:
· The current headway of the Q58 is between three to six minutes during morning and evening peak hour periods.
· A high percentage of customers are concentrated at major stops along the route.
· Traffic congestion along the route leads to delays, slowing travel time and reducing reliability. The implementation of limited-stop service can mitigate these delays by reducing the cumulative delays due to frequent stops on a long bus route.
NYC Transit proposes to operate limited-stop service on alternating trips of the Q58 during the following time periods:
A list of the locations that limited-stop trips on the Q58 will stop and a diagram showing the route of the bus at are attached. The stops were selected based on a relatively high volume of boarding and alighting customers. These stops include transfer points to another bus or subway route or high volume traffic generators.
The implementation of limited-stop Q58 service is scheduled for Fall 2010. This proposal will be presented to the NYC Transit Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board for information purposes at a meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 24, 2010. The meeting will take place in the fifth floor board room of the MTA Headquarters, 347 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Interested parties are invited to comment on this proposal during the public session at the start of the meeting. Those wishing to speak must register between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Please contact me at 646-252-2653 if you have any questions concerning this proposal.
Joseph B. Raskin
Government and Community Relations
MTA New York City Transit