From the Times Newsweekly:
Currently linking commuters between Glendale and Jackson Heights, the Q45 bus line may soon be merged with another route and extended northbound to terminate at LaGuardia Airport, according to MTA Bus Company plans provided to the Times Newsweekly.
In an Aug. 4 letter sent to Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano, MTA Bus Company president Darryl C. Irick stated that the agency will combine the Q45 and Q47 bus routes into one line operating between LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal and The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale as soon as this September.
Both the Q45 and Q47 lines terminate at the 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue subway station, connecting riders to the E, F, M, R and 7 trains. The Q47 line runs northbound through local streets in Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst to the Marine Air Terminal, while the Q45 rolls through Woodside, Maspeth, Elmhurst and Middle Village en route to Atlas Park.
The MTA Bus Company plan would combine both lines and routes under the Q47 label (the Q45 name will be retired), with some changes around Jackson Heights and the 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue station. According to Irick, the plan would reduce bus layovers and provide “improved north-south transit access through the western portion of Queens, currently underserved by direct north-south transit service.”