The Ravitch Report, which called for revenue enhancements to save forestall proposed MTA service cuts, has changed nothing.
Service on the Q-74 bus, which stops near your door, is in danger of ending.
Facing a $1.2 billion budget gap, the MTA will formally present its 2009 budget to the MTA board on December 17. Barring support from the state legislature, fare hikes and severe service cuts will become effective next year.
Eliminating all service on the Q-74 will be one of many service "reductions" included in the budget. This is not a reduction-it is elimination and once gone, the Q-74 will never return.
The Q-74 serves Queens College, Pomonok Houses, Georgetown Mews, the Mainstay Co-ops, Townsend Harris High School, the Stepping Stone School, the North Queens High School, the Rabbinical Seminary of America and hundreds of Kew Gardens Hills residents. It is in effect an extension of the E and F subway lines for the passengers it transports every day. Loss of the Q-74 will turn riders to their cars. Increased commuting time will further depress property values. The Q-74 is an essential part of living, working and going to school in KGH.
As stakeholders in this community , we cannot afford to lose the Q-74.
We can hang separately or together. There is strength in numbers so there are some thing we need to do. First, let everyone in your school, development- -and your neighbors--know that this community is risk of losing the Q-74--and what it will mean to them! For instance, if they are forced to take an extra bus to the subway, they will have to pay a second fare.
Let all your elected officials know that we expect their support to retain the Q-74.
Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
144-36 Willets Point Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11357
Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn
159-06 71 Avenue
Flushing, NY 11365
Councilman James F Gennaro
185-10 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
Community Board 8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis, NY 11423
I plan on speaking for KGHCA at the MTA meeting on Dec 17 and will need copies of your letters by December 14. You can mail them to KGHCA, PO Box 670085, Flushing, NY 11367--085.
Please call me at 718 268-5960 or 718 263-1760 with any questions or suggestions.
Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association