The loss of the Q79 bus route in the community surrounding Glen Oaks village has local leaders calling for a rally. The bus route was the only north and south public transportation link for the community, and critical for students who used the route to get to and from local schools.
“There is absolutely no alternative,” said Assembly District 24 candidate Bob Friedrich. “Without it, they must walk miles or have parents take time off from work to drive them daily."
Along with various civic associations, Friedrich has a five-point plan for the Group Ride Program to be adopted by the Taxi and Limousine Commission that includes pick-up and drop-off locations at recommended areas, the inclusion of the Floral Park LIRR station as the last stop on the route, allowing students and seniors to use MetroCards and transfers to keep affordability and hours of operation must include mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends.
A rally is scheduled for Saturday, August 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Little Neck Parkway and Union Turnpike.