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

Posted by BusMgr on Sat Sep 11 15:26:23 2021, in response to Re: Q66 Bus Stops Discontinued Every 4 Blocks Or So., posted by Osmosis Jones on Sat Sep 11 14:04:41 2021.

I think if you look at development patterns, the city of Long Island City was being developed, but beyond, with the town of Newtown, development was more sparse. So probably best, from a business perspective, keeping your transit routes within the city and not venturing out too far into farmland. It would not have been a legal requirement to not cross the city line (at most, it would involve local politics), as that is demonstrated by Queens Transit Corp., and its predecessors, in its operation of the Q67 both in Newtown and Long Island City.

The Q102 was extended to Roosevelt Island after the opening of the bridge 1955, and the concomitent closing of the Queensboro Bridge railway and Welfare Island station. It was important to keep Roosevelt Island connected with the rest of the city, and having that bus link to Queensborough Plaza was critical. But now, with both a tram to Manhattan and a subway in both directions, a bus connection between Roosevelt Island and Queensborough Plaza no longer is a critical link. Replacing Q102 bus service with Q104 bus service would, of course, sever that direct link, but without all the adverse effects that would have existed prior to the subway opening. More importantly, replacement of Q102 with Q104 would largely replace redundancy with direct access to some new service areas (not entirely, since the revamped Q104 would serve several of the same locations served by the "F" or other Queens Boulevard trains).

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