MTA Bus is planning to reconstruct and expand the existing Jamaica Bus Depot located at 165-18 Tuskegee Airmen Way in Jamaica, Queens, NY. The existing depot is old and out of date.
The Proposed Action would modernize the depot and provide the facilities needed to operate, maintain, and store up to 300 buses. This would allow MTA bus to serve the current and potential future bus route assignments and reconfigurations. It would also create more capacity to accommodate new bus service demands in the borough of Queens. The new facility will also allow MTA bus to maintain and deploy a modern bus fleet. This includes articulated and electric buses, so that MTA can better serve Queens for decades to come.
The proposed new facility would include one or two new structures. Each structure would be approximately 45 feet tall and provide a total building area of up to 460,000 square feet. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and finish in 2025.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Review Process
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit (MTA NYCT) has performed the Environmental Review Process according to New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Article 8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). SEQRA State law requires public agencies to conduct an environmental review of any construction project that has the potential for environmental impacts.
MTA Bus reviewed fifteen potential alternatives for depot concept and design. We narrowed this down to the following three Candidate Alternatives:
- Candidate Alternative A has principally open parking. All bus parking would be outdoors on the roof and in an unenclosed paved area;
- Candidate Alternative B has partially open parking. Some bus parking would be outdoors on the roof, with the rest of the bus parking indoors, within an enclosed and climate-controlled area of the depot; and,
- Candidate Alternative C has principally enclosed parking. All bus parking would be indoors, within an enclosed and climate-controlled area of the depot facility.
MTA prepared and issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on June 5, 2019 for public comment. A Public Hearing will be held to allow the public to comment on the DEIS.
So far in the process, MTA Bus has:
- Released a Draft Scoping Document in May 2016;
- held a Public Meeting in June 2016;
- received public comments; and
- Released the Final Scoping Document in March 2019, which includes responses to comments.
Read a hard copy of the report
Hard copies of the DEIS for are available for public viewing at the following places:
- Queens Community Board 12 - 9028 161st Street, Jamaica, NY 11432
- Queens Central Library - 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432
- South Jamaica Library - 10841 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11433
The next steps in the Environmental impact process are:
- Hold a Public Hearing on June 27, 2019
- Prepare a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Response to Comments