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No. 7 line short for Lunar New Year

Biz owners, pols demand MTA keep train running for annual fest

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1 comment:

  • Fan Railer posted at 8:22 pm on Thu, Jan 3, 2013.

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    Despite being Chinese myself and sympathizing with the business owners, I have to argue the contrary on this one. The locality is blowing the issue way out of proportion. The N train, and the Q train in the cases of this type of GO, as mentioned before, offers CROSS PLATFORM transfers at QB Plaza (where the 7 is truncated when work is being performed in the Steinway Tubes), mind you (God forbid that it wasn't built that way and people actually had to walk up and down stair; OH NO!), and goes not only to the 's terminus at Times Square, but continues on to Canal street, which most of us would know that Manhattan's Chinatown is located. In all due honesty, I would bet a sum of money that a good portion of people traveling to Flushing that weekend will be coming from that part of town, or even from Brooklyn's Chinatown, located around the 8th street station, which is ALSO serviced by the . And if they are not coming from either of those two locations, then they'll be transferring anyway.

    In addition, if you don't like the subway, there's a complimentary shuttle bus that travels between the Flushing LIRR station and Manhattan Chinatown, near Confucius Plaza (Tower). But if that doesn't work for you, then there are buses, and cabs, and if all else fails, drive somewhere; either straight into Flushing, or to points outside of Flushing, and take mass transit in. The point is, there really is no point to the arguments being lobbied here by the community, as there are numerous alternative ways to patronize this sector of the city that weekend. It simply demonstrates ignorance and laziness by certain parties involved.

    With progress comes sacrifice and patience. If you want improvements, then don't complain. The work that the MTA is doing to automate the 7 Train will, in the long term, make service more reliable and faster, ensuring that people have an even easier time getting themselves up to Flushing for future Lunar New Years to come.