Rozic and MTA Announce Increase in Morning Express Bus Service

Additional service on QM5, QM7 to benefit commuters between Eastern Queens & Downtown Manhattan

Rozic: MTA’s new express bus trips are a solution everyone can celebrate

Queens, NY Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D, WF-Fresh Meadows) and the Metropolitan

Transportation Authority (MTA) announced two new express bus trips between Eastern Queens and Downtown Manhattan. Rozic celebrated the MTA's decision to add two early morning trips on the QM5 and QM7 – at 5:10 AM and 5:40 AM respectively.

“Relief in the outer boroughs is long overdue for Queens commuters who are far too familiar with increasing and often inconvenient travel times. Without subway or train stations in the area, my constituents rely on express buses for their daily commutes, and these new trips will provide more flexibility and additional convenience,” said Assemblywoman Rozic. “I thank Chair Foye and his team at the MTA for coming up with a mutually-agreeable solution that will benefit hundreds of commuters in Eastern Queens.”

According to a recent report by the NYC Comptroller, the number of subway and bus commuters departing for work outside of the typical morning rush hour – 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. – has increased by 39 percent, from 253,922 to 355,019, in the last 25 years. At the same time, rush-hour commuters rose 17 percent, making up about 53 percent of subway and bus riders.

“We are thrilled to add more service on the QM5 and QM7 routes so that our northeast Queens customers have more options for public transit,” said Craig Cipriano, Acting President of MTA Bus Company and New York City Transit’s Senior Vice President of Buses. “Adding these additional, earlier weekday trips means more flexibility for customers and more seats for riders, and we thank Assemblymember Rozic for her continued support of public transit and advocacy on behalf of our bus customers.”

“We are very pleased the MTA understood the need to expand express bus service for residents in Northern Queens,” said Tony Utano, Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 President. “Buses are the lifeblood of New York City and we need to continue to work in ensuring that we are providing safe and reliable services for communities like these.”

“ATU supports bus service changes, expansions, and enhancement with collective thought and input,” stated Mark Henry, President and Business Agent for Amalgamated Transit Union

(ATU) Local No. 1056; and Chair, ATU NYS Legislative Conference Board. “This includes better use of MTA bus lines to serve intra-borough and inter-borough public transit needs rather than just using most bus routes to funnel riders to subways and rail. The additional morning trips on these Queens to Manhattan express routes represent such an improvement. ATU looks forward to working with our elected officials, including Assemblymember Rozic, the MTA and the community to realize further transit enhancements through bus public transit.” ATU Local

1056 represents drivers and mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit's Queens Bus

Division; NYS Legislative Conference Board represents ATU Locals across the State of New York on their legislative concerns.

Danny Pearlstein, Policy and Communications Director of the Riders Alliance said: “New

York never sleeps. Many New York riders rarely sleep. As more and more of us work outside the usual nine-to-five workday, we need our transit system to keep up with our round-the-clock commutes. New early morning express bus trips are a huge victory for Queens riders. Thanks to

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and the MTA for delivering more of the transit service New

Yorkers need now.”

Earlier this year, Rozic also announced transit improvements including local bus service restoration on the Q44 and Q46. The Q44 is a Select Bus Service line between Jamaica and the

Bronx and serves the heart of Downtown Flushing along Main Street.

The MTA is also undergoing redesigns of bus route networks in all five boroughs as part of its Fast Forward plan to modernize the New York City Transit system and improve service. It is taking a comprehensive, clean-slate approach to updating the network to improve reliability, streamline circuitous routes, bolster service and coverage, attract new ridership, speed up buses and more. Riders are encouraged to learn about the redesign process and how to provide feedback and submit suggestions at one of several upcoming outreach events, including on July 23, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., at Union Turnpike and Parsons Blvd.