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For Immediate Release: Contact:
MONDAY, MAY 1, 1995 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


The Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council [NEQJCC} urges the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board to reverse its apparent plan to eliminate the Q79 Little Neck Parkway bus. The Council also urges that service be maintained at existing levels for the X68 Hillside Avenue Express bus to Manhattan.
An association of religious, education, fraternal and community organizations, the NEQJCC covers Bay Terrace, Bayside, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Hollis Hills, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens and Queens Village (north). The Q79 serves the heart of our community. Sound alternatives to the proposed elimination of Q79 exist. The extension to Floral Park to the LIRR has received the most attention. It makes the most sense.

It makes no sense to cut service when intelligent actions can be taken to keep it intact. In addition, the Council urges that Q79 operate on Sunday. This not only encourages the weekend use of the Port Washington and Main LIRR lines, it provides a much need mode of transportation for our youth and seniors and others who lack motor vehicles. The Samuel Field Y, where the Council maintains it offices, the Farm Museum, the Perlmutter Center and other institutions operate on Sunday. We need bus service on Sundays as well.

It is exceedingly rare when an affected community can present a sound alternative to a service cut. We are not just saying no. We offer how. Moreover the MTA New York City Transit appears to concur with the consensus recommendation of the Northeast Queens community on how to save the Q79. Keep the 79!


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