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 The existing depot is old and out of date.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.
Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and finish in 2025.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Review Process
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been completed and accepted by MTA NYCT. The FEIS was prepared consistent with the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Article 8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). SEQRA requires public agencies to conduct an environmental review of any construction project that has the potential for environmental impacts.
We reviewed fifteen potential alternatives for depot concepts and designs and narrowed down these alternatives to Candidate Alternatives. These options best met the future bus depot requirements for maintenance, operations, and bus storage capacity and were evaluated in the FEIS. The three (3) Candidate Alternatives are:
- Candidate Alternative A has principally open parking. All bus parking would be outdoors on the depot roof and in an unenclosed paved area;
- Candidate Alternative B has partially open parking. Some bus parking would be outdoors on the depot roof, with the rest of the bus parking indoors, within an enclosed and climate-controlled area of the depot; and,
- Candidate Alternative D has principally enclosed parking. All bus parking would be indoors, within an enclosed and climate-controlled area of the depot facility.
Our analysis demonstrated that there would be no significant adverse environmental impacts from any of the three Candidate Alternatives. However, the evaluation did demonstrate that, from engineering and economic perspectives, Candidate Alternatives B and D would be: more complex to design; more difficult to construct; cost more to build and maintain; and, have higher ongoing energy usage.
We prepared and issued the DEIS on June 5, 2019 and held a Public Hearing on June 27, 2019. The associated comment period for the DEIS closed on July 19, 2019. During the DEIS comment period, six individuals submitted commentary to NYCT (in letters, on the website, and via oral and written testimony) and the commentary is presented in Volume 3 of the FEIS. We reviewed, considered and responded to all comments and presented our Response to Comments in Volume 2, Chapter 25 of the FEIS.
We have concluded that Candidate Alternative A is the Preferred Alternative because it demonstrates the greatest potential to minimize, based on integrated consideration of engineering, economic, and environmental factors, the effects/impacts of construction and operation of the reconstructed Jamaica Bus Depot.
Read a hard copy of the report
Hard copies of the FEIS 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