SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE, HUNTERS POINT AVENUE TO MANHATTAN: FINAL REPORT

OVERCROWDED TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES PROMPTED INITIATION, IN FEBRUARY, 1965, OF THE HUNTERS POINT SHUTTLE BUS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, WHICH FOR 17 MONTHS PROVIDED QUICK AND CONVENIENT CONNECTIONS FOR APPROXIMATELY 3,500 DAILY COMMUTERS BETWEEN THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD TERMINAL AT HUNTERS POINT AVENUE IN LONG ISLAND CITY AND THE EMPLOYMENT CENTER OF EAST SIDE MID-MANHATTAN. THIS SERVICE PARALLELED SUBWAY TRANSPORTATION ON THE IRT FLUSHING LINE TO ACHIEVE CLOSER COORDINATION BETWEEN RAIL AND BUSES. A MAJOR DRAWBACK WAS AN UNUSUALLY LONG DEADHEAD RUN: TO RETURN TO ITS STARTING POINT, EACH BUS HAD TO TRAVEL THREE MILES WITHOUT PASSENGERS SINCE NO SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL DEMAND EXISTED IN THE DIRECTION OPPOSING THE HEAVY COMMUTER TRAFFIC. IN VIEW OF THIS, THE HUNTERS POINT AVENUE SHUTTLE BUSES CARRIED REVENUE PASSENGERS ON LESS THAN 59 PERCENT OF THE ENTIRE ROUTES. FURTHERMORE, 71% OF PATRONAGE OCCURED DURING THE MORNINGS. THE FARE WAS THE PREDOMINANT $ .15 CHARGE ON MOST TRANSIT FACILITIES IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1965. REVENUES COLLECTED ON THE SHUTTLE BUSES RESULTED IN A REVENUE LOSS TO THE SUBWAY, SINCE MOST BUS RIDERS WERE DIVERTED FROM THE IRT FLUSHING LINE. THE ADDITIONAL SERVICE HAD TO BE PROVEDED WITHOUT PROSPECT OF A CORRESPONDING REVENUE INCREASE, IMPLYING IT WOULD BE A DEFICIT OPERATION FROM THE BEGINNING. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NEW SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE, EXPENDITURES OF ALMOST $100,000 WERE MADE TO IMPROVE THE PASSENGER PLATFORM AT THE HUNTERS POINT STATION BY EXTENDING ITS LENGTH ABOUT 500 FT. THIS ENHANCED SAFETY OF PASSENGERS AND HAS CONTRIBUTED SUBSTANTIALLY TO A MORE EFFICIENT STATION OPERATION, EFFECTING TRANSFER OF PASSENGERS FROM THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD TO BOTH THE BUS AND THE IRT FLUSHING LINE. IN EARLY APRIL, THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED THAT IT COULD NOT CONTINUE THE LINE AFTER APRIL 15, 1966, WITHOUT FEDERAL OR LOCAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE; A THREE MONTH EXTENSION WAS GRANTED FOLLOWING A WAVE OF PROTESTS FROM COMMUTERS. HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF LACK OF INTERESTED LOCAL PRIVATE BUS OPERATORS, COUPLED WITH A DAILY OPERATING DEFICIT, THE SHUTTLE BUS WAS DISCONTINUED BY DECISION OF A HEARING HELD ON JULY 15, 1966. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO NY-MTD-5
  • Corporate Authors:

    Smith, Wilbur & Associates

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  • Publication Date: 1968-3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241905
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM