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MTA says Q41 changes stay despite complaints


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Photo Courtesy of Geraldine Bruccoleri

The MTA does not have any plans to revisit the new route of the Q41 bus line, a spokesperson said, after several South Ozone Park residents took their complaints before the board of directors.

“It’s not just black and white,” said Geraldine Bruccoleri, who lives on 109th Avenue. “There’s the gray shades of life.”

Bruccoleri was one of the several who asked MTA chair Joseph Lhota on Wednesday, July 25, for something to be done about the line and the effects it has had on the street. The Q41’s path was shifted on July 1 from its original route down 111th Avenue, which residents two blocks away said is significantly wider than their narrow street.

Richard Krepin, a retired Port Authority police officer, appeared before the board representing his niece, who lives on the street. Krepin told board members that when he visits his niece, parking — as a result of the new bus line — is nearly impossible. He highlighted other residents’ concerns, such as riders sitting on residents’ stoops or littering in the area.

“Are we going to have the cops there all the time to break up these fights?” he asked.

Krepin also noted this was a plan that was heavily opposed by the community, mentioning that Community Board 10 voted nearly unanimously against the change in direction.

“It’s just … something’s wrong here,” Krepin said in closing.

After waiting, Bruccoleri, Krepin and others who spoke decided to leave, they said, as a representative told them they wouldn’t hear a response that day.

Although the residents did not get a direct answer from board members, Bruccoleri said she and her neighbors are hopeful their appeal to the MTA would be heard.

“We hope that [Lhota] took us seriously and comes to look at this mess,” she said. “Because whoever figured out how to do this must have had the flu that day.”

“As fast as these bus stops came up, that’s how fast we hope they go away,” she added.

The MTA spokesperson said the agency had spent time in the neighborhood, and had carefully mapped out the adjustments to the line in order to streamline service. There were no plans to revert to the original route, the spokesperson said.

 

Residents say Q41 route poses threat of major accidents


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Photo Courtesy of Geraldine Bruccoleri

Despite the small steps that are being taken to try to amend a recently changed Ozone Park bus route, residents say there are still major traffic problems in the area.

Those living on 109th Avenue, who first voiced concerns that the bus route had negatively affected parking and noise, say that a little more than two weeks into the new Q41 path, they are now facing the threat of major accidents.

The problem residents were seeing, said Geraldine Bruccoleri, was that the MTA had not mirrored the stops from their original layout on 111th Avenue. She elaborated that bus stops had been placed on the wrong ends of street corners. One instance she cited was a car travelling on 109th Avenue that wanted to turn south onto 116th Street. Because the bus stop is located at the turning corner, a driver now has to look to see if a bus is pulling out — possibly leading to a side collision, she said. As a result, Bruccoleri said cars have been forced to swerve around stopped buses and into the opposite lane to get around traffic.

Another problem, she said, was that the private bus that picks up her sister — who has Down syndrome — is blocked by the Q41 as it drops off and picks up passengers. Because of the double parked vehicles, traffic backs up.

The 109th Avenue resident said she has contacted Councilmember Eric Ulrich’s office about getting the bus stop in front of here home moved — as her mother has a handicap placard and her neighbor a handicapped license plate.

Ulrich’s office has looked into the bus stop, and a spokesperson said they are working on at least getting the bus stop moved from that location. A request has been put into the MTA about the issue, the spokesperson said.

Bruccoleri, who said she’s planning on attending the MTA meetings on July 23 and 25, encouraged MTA officials to come to the area and listen to and see some of the problems.

An MTA spokesperson gave a statement that reaffirmed the agency did not have plans to reverse the line and that the new route had been planned to speed service on the line.

Residents miffed at Q41 route change


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Ron Hagel, who lives on 109th Avenue between 115th and 116th Streets, said the narrow, two-way road has been affected by the Q41 bus route’s change and estimated about eight parking spots had been lost on either side of his block alone.

The route change, which went into effect on July 1, was designed to streamline the Q41 path and eliminate turns on 111th Street, an MTA spokesperson said.

Because of this, Hagel said he’s heard of residents getting parking tickets after they’ve been forced to find new spots in a neighborhood where parking is already difficult.

Hagel said that aside from one meeting — which he claims residents were not informed of — the MTA did not communicate the changes to residents of Ozone Park.

Trash and noise have become additional problems, Hagel said, because of the new route.

“You now have people leaning on people’s gates,” he said. “We don’t have trash cans here all the time, so garbage is a problem at times.”

The MTA spokesperson added that local elected officials and community boards were notified in January of the planned changes, and notified riders through posted messages on the bus line.

“Advance notice of the changes was given to customers through service notices posted on the buses and on the MTA website,” the spokesperson said. “Bus stop notices were posted [by MTA Road Operations] at all of the affected former bus stops; however, many of these bus stop notices were vandalized and removed by other parties, and had to be reposted.”

The MTA said there were no plans to go back to the original route.

Geraldine Bruccoleri, also a 109th Avenue resident, has been active in getting residents to petition against the changed stop, and said she’s already collected nearly 500 signatures. She’s also planning on attending the MTA’s July 25 board meeting to represent the concerned citizens.

The South Ozone Park resident said the MTA did not come to the community and listen to the concerns of people living on the block.

“Everything on paper can be black and white,” she said. “Nobody came to the community to discuss our quality of life – the gray shades.”

Elizabeth Braton, chair of Community Board 10, said the board voted nearly unanimously against the MTA changes last September; the board, however, is only advisory and the plan went through regardless, she said.

Assemblymember Philip Goldfeder said he had requested the MTA hold a public forum to hear residential concerns when the now-active route was in planning. Goldfeder said, however, that the MTA does not have to hold a public hearing if the change in route is less than 25 percent.

Goldfeder said he’d drafted legislation to have the MTA hold a public forum for any changes, hoping there can be “some balance where the community can have a say in the process.”