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

Posted by BusMgr on Sat Sep 11 15:10:24 2021, in response to Re: Q66 Bus Stops Discontinued Every 4 Blocks Or So., posted by Snilcher on Sat Sep 11 11:41:05 2021.

I donít know how well used the service is along 48th Street, but given the relatively short distance and lack of frequency, I would not imagine it particularly critical. True, the terminus at Queens Boulevard is also served by other bus services that are oddly connected to form the B24 route (i.e., Greenpoint Avenue and Marcy-Meeker Avenues, the latter having previously been separate route B29), and perhaps a restructuring could be had, one that would incorporate the 48th Street segment, between Queens Boulevard and Broadway, into the Greenpoint and/or Marcy-Meeker bus services.

Such a restructuring could result in the B24 (or a revived B29) terminating on Broadway between 48th and 49th Streets, a better terminal would probably be to have the buses continue eastward, either (1) from 48th Street via Broadway, 53rd Place, and Northern Boulevard to 51st Street, and returning via 51st Street, Broadway, to 49th Street, or (2) from 48th Street via Northern Boulevard, 51st Street, Broadway, 53rd Place, Northern Boulevard to 51st Street, and returning via Northern Boulevard to 48th Street (abandoning service on 48th and 49th Streets between Northern Boulevard and Broadway). It could also be that such a restructured route could continue northward, providing entirely new service along 49th Street (and parallel streets where one-way) to 19th or 20th Avenues. That might have made more sense in prior years, when cemetery-visiting was more important than today (as such a route would pass the main entrance to St. Michaelís Cemetery), but today there really is not much in this service area to expect much passenger traffic to develop . . . parallel Steinway Street is so much stronger in that regard.

To the extent that one of the B24 bus services (be it Greenpoint or Meeker-Marcy) not be extended northward along 48th Street, it could terminate at 48th Street and Queens Boulevard, or even, possibly, at the Woodside station (61st Street) of the LIRR, at or near the Q53 terminus.

All of these ideas would cohesively with addressing the underlying Q66 route concerns, to advance the route structure beyond the streetcar foundation upon which these routes continue to rely. But the ideas would incur new costs, and the returns would, at best, be modest. Thus, I would not hold much hope for anything to be done.

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