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Re: Queens Bus Redesign Draft Proposals

Posted by BusMgr on Tue Dec 31 11:26:45 2019, in response to Queens Bus Redesign Draft Proposals, posted by GojiMet86 on Mon Dec 30 23:37:03 2019.

From a broad perspective, the planners seem to have decided to ignore many established service patterns, and have connected neighborhoods that really have no substantial relationship to one another. In other words, planners running amok, drawing lines on maps, without truly understanding the demographics of the communities affected. In other words, these are fantasy transit routes.

Now some ideas are good. For example, having the Flushing-Ridgewood route (Q58) using the Horace Harding service roads, instead of poking along on Corona Avenue, speeds up the journey for many who travel to and Flushing. But other ideas are bad, such as creating routes that require transfers to reach Flushing, and other routes that are "L" shaped or circular. And cutting the Q60 from Manhattan, and sending it to a ferry terminal that no one wants? Social engineering at its worst!

Despite a few good ideas, this plan seems to be mostly a failure. It was busy work for recently-graduated service planners, who designed according to their academic theories, and ignoring the needs of people who rely on buses in Queens to get around. I foresee an outroar.

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