The Port Authority, DOT, and MTA should look at revising the Q48 bus to serve Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) in LaGuardia Airport, and also consider making the Q48 an SBS route.
As a secondary issue, consideration should also be given to merging the Q48 route with the Q17/Q17 Limited route to provide direct bus service between Jamaica and LaGuardia Airport, including also extending the Q17/Limited route from 168th Street to Sutphin Boulevard.
If the Q48 bus route is made an SBS route, there would be less of a need for the current proposed LaGuardia rail Link to Willets Point, and a more beneficial LaGuardia rail link plan could be studied.
Also any proposed commuter parking or proposed long-term parking operated out of the parking facilitates adjacent to the Mets-Willets Point LIRR and 7 train stations should be operated by the MTA, not the Port Authority or its vendors.
This way the revenue derived could be utilized by the MTA to make service improvements to the bus network within the five boroughs of New York City.
Queens Public Transit Committee