The controversial layover point of the Q34 bus in Whitestone is no longer a nightmare for commuters.
In what was a long-awaited decision, state Senator Tony Avella has announced that as of Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Whitestone layover of the Q34 bus will move from the corner of 25th Avenue and 150th Street to Willets Point Boulevard, a safer and more suitable location.
The change comes after years of lobbying and complaints from local residents who complained that idle buses congested the road, making it dangerous for pedestrians, like one child who was struck by a car as he left Memorial Field.
The Q34 will now travel farther down Willets Point Boulevard before turning onto 150th Street via 24th Road to start its route back to Jamaica. The current layover at 25th Avenue often resulted in multiple buses idling on a narrow two-way street.
“Having the Q34 layover on Willets Point Boulevard will address the calls of residents to fix a problem that has plagued them for years,” Avella said. “I thank the MTA for their understanding that the old layover severely congested traffic and put many young children at risk when leaving the playground.”
Whitestone resident Samantha Dell, who first brought this issue to the senator’s attention, was delighted with the news.
“I’m glad that after seven years of fighting, something has finally been done about this,” she said.