Sharlene T. lives in Astoria. She has a long commute whether by bus, train, or car. As a long time resident of Queens, Brooklyn feels like it’s a world away. The BQX would allow her to visit friends in other neighborhoods and she’s excited about having a less grueling commute. From some parts of Astoria, it can be a twenty minute walk or longer just to get to a train going through Manhattan to get to parts of Brooklyn.
I live in Astoria on 30th Avenue and work as a housekeeper in Long Island. It’s a long ways. I leave home at 6:30 AM and I have to be at work by 9 AM. My work varies on a daily basis. Today it could be very good and tomorrow it could a whole different world. I frequently visit to Brooklyn, too. I go to Flatbush to see my friend at the hair salon she owns. Sometimes I drive, but it’s crazy getting there. Sometimes I take the subway, but that takes a long time. I take the N to 34th in Manhattan, and then switch trains.
One thing I like about BQX is the street level accessibility. The subway has many broken elevators and that makes it hard for people get around. I take a few buses in Astoria but I don’t like any of them. I take the 18, 19 and the 102. I don’t like being on the bus for too long. I start to feel sick and it gets overly crowded.
I like that the BQX would be close to the waterfront. I’d go to see different parts of the city to see what’s new and what’s going on.
I’m so happy about the idea of the streetcar because driving is currently the faster alternative to public transportation. If the train or bus is delayed, I have no other choices. The BQX would be great! No need to look for parking because I wouldn’t have to drive my car. Looking for parking is hard especially after driving around to get from place to place. It would help my friends and neighbors because they don’t like to have to drive everywhere. Another option I’m excited to have is the ferry. Being able to choose between the ferry and BQX will make traveling along the waterfront even easier.
I would enjoy the whole length of the waterfront when the BQX opens. I’d visit my friends and It could make my commute to work easier. I would also go to the Navy Yard. I’ve always wanted to go there just to see what it’s like. Just making it easier to get down to Brooklyn would be worth it.
Sharlene’s story is just like thousands of Astoria residents who just want an easier way to get around, and to spend more time with friends and family instead of on a bus or train. Sign our petition if you support the BQX.