In June, Mayor de Blasio announced that the city will give buses priority, and prohibit most cars, on Main Street between Northern Boulevard and Sanford Avenue, a 0.5-mile commercial corridor that serves 155,000 weekday riders.
The project is part of the city’s “Better Buses” program, which seeks to give public transit riders a safe, reliable and fast option to get around, especially on heavily congested streets.
Although other projects in the initiative, like the Jay Street busway, are already underway, the Main Street busway remains stalled.
Last month, local business owners and elected officials crashed what was essentially a photo op promoting the project in Flushing to loudly state their opposition. The resistance was enough for DOT to take a step back and do more community outreach through two upcoming forums.
But transit advocates are not happy with the slow progress of this busway. They argue that the mayor, who has needed cajoling in the past to come around on public transit projects, has already made the decision. Now it’s up to the agency to execute and deliver.
Like many fights between the city and community stakeholders, whether it’s over bike lanes, bus lanes or development projects, a common complaint is that the mayor and his representatives don’t listen to the pleas of the community.
In this particular case, small business owners, residents and others now have a chance to voice their opinion about the Main Street busway.
On Thursday, September 10, or Monday, September 14, attend DOT’s public information session on the project and participate in the discussion.