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MTA disrespects Queens CBs

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An open letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority President Thomas Prendergast:

Community Board 9 is outraged by the lack of communication with us regarding a major MTA intrusion of articulated buses 62 feet long on the Q10 route from Kew Gardens to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

This was accomplished with no notification to CBs 9, 10 or 13 and was to begin April 28. We were not informed of the removal of parking meters and the extension of the bus pad to accommodate these larger buses. If not for an inquiring constituent, we would have known nothing of this major upheaval.

You did this without consideration of the impact on the business and residential communities along Lefferts Boulevard, which are affected by this change.

While we have been advocating for additional service on the Q10, we did not expect this circumvention of the community board, which has worked with and assisted you over the years. We urge that this action be postponed until the boards have an opportunity to meet with you and discuss its implementation.

You may contact us at 718-286-2686 or by e-mail at communitybd9@nyc.com. This is too important an issue for our boards not to be thoroughly vetted and discussed by the community board.

Mary Ann Carey

CB 9 District Manager

Kew Gardens

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