Senator Gianaris requests the expansion of Q103 bus line to night and weekend service in Western Queens. This request is justified by the development of an important art community in the area.
Have you ever tried to get to Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, the Farmer's Market or even Costco on a weekday after 6:00 pm or on a weekend from Hunter's Point?
Sure if you own a bicycle and don't mind cycling at night or in inclement weather or own a gas guzzler it's no problem. It's been a weee bit harder however, to use the safer, green method of a city bus. The #7 train's first stop in Queens and the subway's closest stop to the western Queens arts corridor (two miles away) is at the beginning of the Q103 connecting bus service in Hunter's Point. But yet, the proximity of the Q103 to the Vernon-Jackson station is of no help ..... after 6:00 pm or on weekends.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) does a herculean job of moving residents, tourists and commuters around the city, but somehow when it comes to western Queens they have had a bit of a blind spot on the bus issue.
Well, Senator Michael Gianaris has just announced, following pronouncements that previously cut transportation services in western Queens would not be restored, that he is calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to expand Q103 bus line hours of operation. He sent a letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota requesting a review of the Q103 for possible expansion to night and weekend service.
Senator Gianaris points out that “Western Queens has experienced a population and development boom, and it is important that mass transit keeps pace with that growth. The emergence of our LIC arts community and the opening of the Cornell-Technion Campus on Roosevelt Island make an expanded Q103 service a necessity.”
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