Flushing Select Bus Service set to be implemented this weekend

The Q44 bus route runs from Flushing into the Bronx.
THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

A controversial Select Bus Service route running from Jamaica and Flushing into the Bronx is set to be implemented on Sunday.

Off-board fare collection meters installed at Q44 bus stops earlier this season have had signs all week informing passengers of the impending change set for Nov. 29.

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Select Bus Service is an improved bus service that aims to offer fast, frequent and reliable service on high-ridership bus routes. SBS lines decrease travel time by utilizing off-board fare collection by kiosk, dedicated bus lanes and transit signal priority.

Community Board 7 voted against the route in September after a presentation by Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, and local business owners have long been skeptical of the effect it will have on local parking availability.

Public transit advocacy groups have been supportive of the plan, collecting more than 2,000 signatures for a petition meant to spur city agencies to adopt Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the Q44 route, specifically on Parsons Boulevard and Main Street.