Elected officials representing eastern Queens and western Nassau County neighborhoods are pushing for the MTA to create better service for local residents.
Councilman Barry Grodenchik, State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages and Assemblyman Clyde Vanel want either Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or express bus service at Belmont Park.
During the Summer of Hell, when Penn Station was upgrading its tracks and LIRR service was reduced, express bus service was offered from Belmont Park to accommodate commuters. The pols believe this service should be made permanent.
“The establishment of permanent bus or railroad service at Belmont Park would serve as an essential transit hub for communities that have historically been ignored by public transportation programs,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks.
“Largely due to the lack of public transit infrastructure, Queens Village residents super some of the longest commute times in our city,” added State Senator Comrie. “We should be seeking to take full advantage of the limited infrastructure that does exist.”