Monday, August 23, 2010

New hub for Ridgewood bus riders

From the NY Post:

A confusing mess of bus stops outside a Queens subway station just got a multimillion-dollar makeover that will streamline the commute for straphangers.

The MTA rolled out a new transit hub outside the Myrtle-Wyckoff stop on the L and M lines in Ridgewood that brings the terminals for six bus routes -- the Q55, Q58, B13, B26, B52 and B54 -- together.

"Previously, bus stops for the bus routes were spread out over the area, making transfers confusing and inconvenient for our customers," said Tom Prendergast, the MTA bus and subway chief.

Straphangers have been waiting for the $4.5 million improvement since November 2007.

The new terminal features sidewalk canopies that shield riders from the elements while they transfer to and from the subway.

Other amenities in the rehab include benches and new lighting in the waiting area and new bus-stop signs.

And eventually there will be a signal that alerts riders coming off buses when a subway train is arriving.


Anonymous said...

Still needs more lighting.They suld have repainted the el whte or silver.

Anonymous said...

Now if only the MTA could untangle the spaghetti-like bus routes of downtown Flushing.

Anonymous said...

Well, if they could buy the old Alexanders building, build a connection from Subway to the building, put the LIRR in a tunnel in that section, also connecting to Alexanders, and then have the Alexanders building as a bus depot, they could do it. But they won't

Deke DaSilva said...

Wow! I see a Prius, a bicycle, and a bus stop. Ridgewoodian has got to be in that picture somewhere!

Ridgewoodian said...

Deke DaSilva: Ridgewoodian has got to be in that picture somewhere!

Nope, no such luck.

Why is this news now, by the way? The Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal has been in operation for a few months.

Queens Crapper said...

Because they cut the ribbon and put out the press release about it Friday.

Ridgewoodian said...

Just in time for the (M) train to be suspended all weekend.

wren said...

How about a couple of wind barriers of some kind? It's a wind tunnel down there and when you're waiting for a late bus in the winter, you get totally blasted down there.