Queens Boulevard used to be called the "Boulevard of Death,” but thanks to the implementation of the Select Bus Service (SBS) and all the changes to traffic patterns since November 2017, the next recipient of the title will be Woodhaven Boulevard,
On September 20, a woman was killed by a motorist.
Thanks to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for poor planning, even though the community protested and the community board voted against the SBS plan.
The “cut-throughs” for the buses to exit or enter the bus lanes are dangerous. Even though “yield” signs are posted, no one pays attention to them.
For years, our elected officials and residents have asked DOT to synchronize the signals for better flow of traffic and cleaner air. It has fallen on deaf ears.
The catch basins along the boulevard are collapsing under the weight of the buses. There was another taxpayer expense to repair the damage.
And whose bright idea was it to paint a pedestrian walkway from the local bus stop median to the SBS stop median across Jamaica Avenue behind the support beams for the elevated J train? A driver couldn’t see you, much less stop in time. If a driver does stop for a pedestrian, they will block the south or northbound traffic.
This SBS was supposed to alleviate traffic congestion and encourage bus ridership. It does neither. The communities along this corridor have to live or die by the consequences of the decisions made by the DOT.