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This is incorrect. Did he ever study Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus maps? If so, he would know the Q76 starts at the Jamaica bus terminal, serves two Hillside Avenue subway stations and seven schools and finishes at the College Point shopping center. The MTA estimated travel time is 50 minutes for this route.
What alternatives are prepared for Q76 riders if they do not board or depart this new bus line on Francis Lewis Boulevard? What are all the displaced student riders going to do at a time when they are at risk of losing their MetroCards? Why would anyone who uses the Q76 want or need such a route?
This route might be good for Friedrich’s self-serving interests, but it would be a disaster to many transit riders. His blindfolded surgery, complete lack of knowledge of the transfer network and refusal to listen to community leaders would take away many Q76 riders from this critical transit artery.
Why would anyone from Fresh Meadows want to take the extra time to travel in the opposite direction and then be charged a higher fare at the Little Neck Long Island Rail Road station?
Friedrich’s proposal to help the fiscally challenged MTA is to create this new circular route so some bus lines can be maintained while others are eliminated. Friedrich’s plan to merge pre-existing MTA bus routes will turn our public transportation landscape into alien crop circles.
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