As of August 22nd, 2011 Community Organizer Ali Fadil and Astoria Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinedes submitted our petition of 1200 signatures to the MTA demanding that the MTA Bus Company reinstate the QM22 Express Bus and run the service to its full potential, which was never done by either Triboro Coach or the MTA Bus Company. A LOT of people in Astoria in neighboring Jackson Heights have expressed that the QM22 would have been much more useful to them if it went to Lower Manhattan so they could have a one seat ride to Lower Manhattan instead of having to transfer and so they could have a faster commute to and from Jersey City since Exchange Place is one stop (four minutes away) from the PATH World Trade Center stop which a QM22 Lower Manhattan bus would serve. A LOT of people in Astoria and in neighboring Jackson Heights also expressed that they would use an Express Bus that went to East Midtown (Midtown points east of and including Madison Avenue) if it ran more than one bus since they would not have to transfer anymore to reach East Midtown with an Express Bus. People also want an Express Bus in the evenings because they do not want to wait for the Subway at night, transfer at night, or have to wait and pay for a cab at night especially since cabbies do refuse service to Queens.
Since the petition was submitted, we urge Astorians to keep the pressure on our State elected officals to urge the MTA Bus Company to reinstate the QM22 Express Bus and run the line to its full potential. Feel free to call Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. at 1-718-274-4500 (since most of the route is within his district NYCC-22), State Senator Michael Gianaris at 1-718-728-0960 (since most of the route is within his district NYSS-12) or Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas at 1-718-545-3889 (since most of the route is within her district NYSA-36)and tell them to pressure the MTA Bus Company to reinstate QM22 service and improve the service as there is nothing stopping it as the MTA Bus Company is reimbursed by the City of New York for its operating expenses which incentivizes service improvements that were promised to us when the MTA took over the Private Lines.
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