Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Woodlawn Van Service

Riverdale Report

By Robert Press

In 2010 when the MTA cut back service on the BX34 bus the residents of Woodlawn were the ones who had no weekend bus service. Ms. Christine Sheridan (President of the Woodlawn Taxpayers Association) with other residents of Woodlawn asked State Senator Jeff Klein if he could do anything to restore the BX34 weekend service. Unable to restore the weekend BX 34 service Senator Klein did the next best thing by working with New York City TLC Commissioner David Yassky to provide a licensed van service from the Dorcel Edenwald Bus Service for the lost weekend BX34 bus service. Mr. Carl Gromes (owner of the van service) said that his company came about when the MTA cut out the old BX14 bus route, and his company has flourished since then. He added that he is happy to service the Woodlawn community in a similar situation. The van service will only be in effect on weekends from 9 AM to 9 PM and cost $2.00. Schedules of the new weekend van service will be posted in local Woodlawn businesses.

Last Saturday was the date of the Mable Hill Clean Up put together by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Community Board #8's Environmental and Sanitation Committee. Mr. Tony Edwards of Councilman Rodriguez's office (who coordinated the clean up) told us “The Marble Hill area just needs a little clean up.” Dozens of people showed up to form several teams of people that were provided with brooms, rakes, shovels gloves, and trash bags to make the Marble Hill area a little cleaner. This is done all through out the community board area at different times we were told, as in May the Parks Committee did a similar clean up in one of the community boards parks by the Jerome Park Reservoir.

If you travel by car on Broadway north by West 242nd Street you will see something new at the corner if you are planning to make a left turn from Broadway. While you were able to make a left turn from Broadway to West 242nd Street at any time the light was green, there is now a red turning arrow to prevent a left turn while southbound traffic goes through the intersection. Traffic backed up at this intersection due to the Westchester buses that were parked in the bus stop waiting for their scheduled time to start so the # 9 city bus had to double park often to let passengers off at the bus stop. This left only one lane of traffic to flow north on Broadway which was the turning lane. Now that cars have to wait for the green turning arrow this intersection has become gridlocked at times. Now that summer is here we wonder just how bad the gridlock will get with all the park goers that use Broadway.

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