Saturday, April 23, 2011
More development, less public transportation
From the Daily News:
A high school senior fed up with the MTA's service in Astoria has launched a petition to restore the Manhattan-bound express bus.
"This would be a one-seat ride to lower Manhattan and the east side of Manhattan," said Ali Fadil, 17, a senior at the Academy of American Studies in Long Island City.
Fadil's petition, online at petitiononline.com, calls for two express lines to pick up riders along Ditmars Blvd. and 21st St., with one headed into lower Manhattan and the other into midtown.
"This would help a lot of people," Fadil said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority scrapped its Q22 express bus from Astoria to Manhattan because of low ridership, an agency official said.
"Given its low ridership, high per-passenger cost and the close proximity of local bus and subway service, it was discontinued in June 2010 and there are no plans to restore the route," said MTA spokeswoman Deirdre Parker.
Some locals said adding an express bus is more than just a good idea - it's a necessity.
Evie Hantzopoulos, 45, executive director of a nonprofit group in Manhattan, said the population boom in Astoria means straphangers need options.