The blossoming areas of Long Island City and Astoria need better connections to tech hubs in Brooklyn, as well as Roosevelt Island and LaGuardia Airport.
So say city planners, who are suggesting a slew of changes to better connect rapidly developing areas of Western Queens to job centers across the city.
Among the possibilities included in a city study, issued this week, are the creation of a new transit corridor — potentially serviced by an express bus — that would extend from LaGuardia to Downtown Brooklyn.
The city also proposed the expansion of bus and ferry service to service Astoria’s rapidly developing waterfront neighborhoods.
Among other possibilities:
- Extending service to Roosevelt Island on the Q19 (Astoria Blvd. to Main St.) and Q39 (Queensboro Plaza to Ridgewood) bus routes.
- Eliminating the Q102, which runs between Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and Astoria.
- Adding express service on the N and Q subway lines at the Ditmars Blvd., Astoria Blvd. and Queensboro Plaza stops.
- Calming traffic along Vernon Blvd., 21st St. and Crescent St. including the addition of crosswalks and curb bumpouts.
- Converting metered lots at Vernon Blvd. and Jackson Ave. into so-called green medians.
- Improving bike travel to Roosevelt Island by upgrading a path along 36th Ave.
Some objected to elements of the proposals — such as the new ferry service — that seemed geared to accommodate Astoria Cove, which is still under public review.
Yup, that's the only reason this is happening. Love the war on Vernon/Jackson metered parking. Will do wonders for the restaurants there, especially when the 7 stops running again. There's also a guy petitioning for a Metro North stop in western Queens.