Confusion on the Q22

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Many who took the Q22 bus this week were surprised to find that their bus stop no longer existed. Starting Sunday, September 2, the MTA began a new Q22 bus route with new stops all along the route.

The recent changes seemingly appeared without much warning, as signs notifying bus riders of the changes, only went up a few days before they went into effect. However the plan to change the stops goes back a long time. The MTA introduced their plan to change the Q22 bus stops back at the October 2017 Community Board 14 meeting. The plan was met with extreme resistance and the general consensus was to reject the plan. However despite feedback from the community, the MTA moved forward with its plan and held an information session on the changes at the end of May. Now as of Sunday, the plan has gone into effect.

To see exactly which bus stops were relocated, refer to the accompanying chart.

The MTA says the changes were made to focus service on where ridership is the highest. One change in particular that caught the attention of some is that the last stop for some westbound Q22 buses is Beach 116th Street via Beach 108th and Beach Channel Drive, stopping at the Rockaway ferry stop. This change sparked concerns that this may mean the free ferry shuttle service may soon come to an end, but no such plans have yet been announced.

These new bus changes come as the MTA restores the A and Shuttle train service to its regular schedule after a change-up that took place over the summer for flood protection work. The Rockaway Park shuttle service once again leaves from Beach 116th Street and goes to Broad Channel, where passengers can transfer for the A train, rather than directly board the A train at Beach 116th Street.

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