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Holden to Host Additional Meeting on Queens Bus Redesign Plan in Middle Village Next Month

Jan. 29, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Council Member Robert Holden will host an additional meeting on the contentious Queens Bus Network Redesign plan next month.

The meeting — to take place on Feb. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village — will have Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) personnel in attendance to answer questions and explain routes. Its format will be a workshop-style meeting, similar to the MTA’s own meetings on the plan thus far.

The MTA hosted its first public workshop on the plan to overhaul the borough’s bus routes last Tuesday in Ridgewood.

But Holden thought one meeting in Ridgewood wouldn’t be enough to meet the needs of his entire district, where constituents’ concerns over the plan have flooded his office, his spokesperson said.

The Council Member is also working to schedule two more meetings in the district in the future, he added.

The plan has faced criticism from residents and elected officials alike since the MTA published the draft plan on Dec. 31.

Last Thursday, 15 Queens lawmakers penned a letter to the MTA officials asking for a complete redo of the current draft plan, which they said lacks the funds necessary to reach parts of the borough inaccessible by subway.

To see the Queens Bus Network Redesign draft plan, click here. To see additional public workshop dates and locations throughout the borough, click here

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