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Re: Q66 Bus Stops Discontinued Every 4 Blocks Or So.

Posted by BusMgr on Fri Sep 10 20:35:58 2021, in response to Re: Q66 Bus Stops Discontinued Every 4 Blocks Or So., posted by Osmosis Jones on Fri Sep 10 17:37:56 2021.

No, the issue was not specifically to divert people from more crowded trains, but rather to get people onto to new 63rd Street train by any means possible. That is to say, the political need was not alleviate overcrowding on Queens Boulevard, but to avoid the embarrassment of empty trains under 63rd Street. It didn't matter from where the 63rd Street passengers would originate (hence the futile attempt with the QT bus service), so as long as bodies would be put on those 63rd Street trains. Ultimately, the connection of 63rd Street with Queens Boulevard solved the political problem, because half of the overcrowded Queens Boulevard express trains could be sent via 63rd Street (the other half continuing to be sent via 53rd Street), and voila, there were was no longer an empty subway tunnel anymore. True, it was just musical chairs in shuffling the trains from one subway tunnel to another, but no longer was there a need to artificially pump passengers into the 21st Street-Queensbridge station, or to manipulate the surface transit route structure to do so.

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