Aug. 5, 2019 By Allie Griffin
Early bird commuters in Eastern Queens are getting two additional early morning express bus trips to Manhattan.
The MTA has added additional trips on the QM5 and QM7 at 5:10 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. respectively, as announced by the authority and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic.
She said the two new trips will benefit hundreds of commuters in East Queens.
“Relief in the outer boroughs is long overdue for Queens commuters who are far too familiar with increasing and often inconvenient travel times,” Rozic said. “Without subway or train stations in the area, my constituents rely on express buses for their daily commutes, and these new trips will provide more flexibility and additional convenience.”
Craig Cipriano, President of MTA Bus Company and New York City Transit’s Senior Vice President of Buses, said the additional earlier weekday trips will give riders more flexibility, but also more seats onboard buses.
“We are thrilled to add more service on the QM5 and QM7 routes so that our northeast Queens customers have more options for public transit,” Cipriano said.
Earlier this year, Rozic also announced transit improvements including local bus service restoration on the Q44 and Q46. The Q44 is a Select Bus Service line between Jamaica and the Bronx and serves the heart of Downtown Flushing along Main Street.
In addition, the MTA is redesigning bus route networks in all five boroughs as part of its Fast Forward plan to modernize the transit system and improve service. Riders are encouraged to provide feedback and learn more about the process at outreach events.