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The Richmond Hill Line is a surface transit line on Myrtle Avenue in Queens, New York City, United States. Once a streetcar line owned by the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation, it was replaced on April 26, 1950 by the B55 bus route.[3][4][5] The trolley tracks were not removed until April 1955, when Myrtle Avenue was being repaved.[6] The bus was renumbered on December 11, 1988 as the Q55 Myrtle Avenue (East) bus route (as opposed to the B54 route on the western portion of Myrtle Avenue), operated by the New York City Transit Authority.[7]

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Richmond Hill Line
Myrtle Avenue (East) line
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A Ridgewood-bound Q55 bus in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Overview
SystemMTA Regional Bus Operations
OperatorNew York City Transit Authority
GarageFresh Pond Depot
Ended serviceApril 26, 1950 (Trolley)
Route
LocaleQueens
StartRidgewood Terminal
ViaMyrtle Avenue
EndRichmond Hill, QueensMyrtle Avenue and Jamaica Avenue
Other routesB54 (Myrtle Avenue West)
Service
Operates24 hours[1]
Annual patronage2,217,379 (2017)[2]
TransfersYes
TimetableQ55
← Q54  {{{system_nav}}}  Q56 →

Current routeEdit

The current Q55 route is identical to the route it used when it opened in 1950.[3] The Q55 begins at the Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal at the Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues Subway station on the Brooklyn-Queens border. It then runs via Myrtle Avenue, cutting through Forest Park, and continuing to Jamaica Avenue and Myrtle Avenue in Richmond Hill, where it meets up with the 121st Street subway station.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b MTA Regional Bus Operations. "Q55 bus schedule" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures". mta.info. August 28, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "New Bus Line In Queens: Trolley Coaches to be Restored to a Brooklyn Street" (PDF). New York Times. April 23, 1950. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Seyfried, Vincent F. (1950). "Full text of "New York and Queens County Railway and the Steinway Lines, 1867-1939."". archive.org. Vincent F. Seyfried. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Brooklyn Trolley Depots". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroaders' Association. 51 (6): 7. August 2008. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Repaving for Myrtle Avenue" (PDF). New York Times. March 27, 1955. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  7. ^ Archer Avenue Changes

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