Southeast Queens leaders come out against proposed busways in downtown Jamaica

The city is moving forward with its plans to bring two new busways through downtown Jamaica despite objections from southeast Queens elected officials.

The opposition to the pilot projects on Archer Avenue and Jamaica Avenue comes after months of conversation with the Department of Transportation on the nearby Merrick Boulevard bus lane that leaders rallied against for the accelerated implementation timeline, a lack of safeguards against derelict vehicles stored along the corridor, and the 24-hour lane enforcement, asking instead for rush-hour only within the low-density, transit desert residential community.

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