With the 41 bus line up and down Webster and Melrose Avenues the latest to get the express Select Bus Service, the Department of Transportation is already toying with the idea of extending the route from the HUB in Melrose to Laguardia Airport. Currently, Manhattanites (as usual) , are the only ones who can take a bus straight to the airport using the M125 bus.
Select Bus Service is a form of express bus service where you pay before getting on board and everyone gets on the bus without having to swipe. This allows for a much faster boarding. That, coupled with limited stops and dedicated bus only lanes gives riders a much quicker commute.
This comes as a blessing to the Webster Avenue corridor as residents have to walk long blocks to the subway or deal with an arduous commute up and down the 41 line which was declared the worst of all bus routes.
With thousands of new apartments in Melrose bringing along thousands of new residents, extending the bus into Queens to get to the airport not only makes sense and will alleviate congestion at the subway stations but will also offer a quicker way into Astoria and beyond as the boroughs, although right across from each other, suffer from poor interborough mass transit connection.
Let’s encourage the DOT to do the right thing, folks!