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The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

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Bus service disappoints

Many Q-46 bus commuters in Queens are upset with being packed like wild animals on the bus.

The New York City Transit Q-46 bus line runs from Glen Oaks to Kew Gardens. Because the popular bus route passes many key facilities including St. John’s University and Long Island Jewish hospital, the buses are typically crowded. However, many commuters are unsatisfied with the inconsistent service of the Q-46.

Joseph Reilly, 21, an animator who lives along the bus route, explained that most of the time when he takes the bus he gets to work late because of delayed arrivals and overcrowded buses.

“More often than not, I am waiting for a bus for 20 minutes and it never arrives on schedule,” Reilly said.

Reilly believes that the bus line needs more buses. Denise Perez, 32, an office coordinator who takes the bus every morning, also believes that more buses should be put on the route especially in the morning.

“In the morning, after 5 a.m., it’s just too crowded,” Perez said.

For some people, such as Amit Patel, 28, a sales representative, getting on and off the bus is more like a battle.

“It doesn’t stop at all the stops and you have to push to get on and push to get off [the bus],” Patel said.

One of the more crowded bus stops is near St. John’s University on Union Turnpike, where many of the University’s students rely heavily on the bus. Jacqueline Smith, a journalism student, said that she was upset with the way the bus drivers treat the commuters.

“The bus drivers are a little rude and they could brush up on their driving skills,” Smith said.

She also explained that many students and commuters are upset with the new limited service. Smith said the new service requires students to walk to new stops to wait for the bus.

The Q-46’s new limited-stop service to and rom Long Island Jewish Hospital, which is active during the morning rush hour, was explained on the Metro Transit Authority and New York City Transit Web site. The initiative, which has been in place since Jan. 9, is supposed to speed the passengers’ trip to St. John’s and Long Island Jewish Hospital, according to the Web site. This new service makes limited stops from Kew Gardens to Springfield Boulevard and then makes local stops to Long Island Jewish Hospital on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

This new service, however, has been creating problems for some commuters.

“I do not like their new limited service availability, it’s not good,” said Andrew Salmon, a sports management major at St. John’s.

He believes that the New York City Transit’s attempts to alleviate traffic has not really helped.

“There will be a huge amount of people waiting for a bus,” Salmon said. “It gets too packed; it’s a big problem. Many students are complaining about new changes.”

Even some bus drivers who work on the Q-46 route acknowledge that there are problems with with the route.

A bus driver, who said he would only give his first name, Jimmy, said, “I think it’s too overcrowded; we need to have more buses. It’s always busy.”

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