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Gianaris wants station alerts

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Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 12:00 am

Assemblyman Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) wrote a letter on Tuesday to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder requesting that subway countdown clocks, currently being installed at select city locations, be added to stations in Queens.

The electronic signs let subway riders know how much time they can expect to wait for the next train to arrive and are displayed throughout the station.

“I can’t understand why Queens would be left out of the initial phases of this project,” Gianaris said, lamenting the MTA service cuts which have western Queens residents waiting at the area’s above ground stations for more time than ever.

“All stations along the N/Q lines in Astoria are above ground and exposed to the elements, creating a greater need for real-time information to be relayed to subway riders,” Gianaris wrote in his letter.

As winter approaches, Gianaris would like for residents to be able to wait for the train in the warmth of the station, rather than on the chilly above ground platforms.

According to Gianaris, the $200 million program is funded and installations began in the spring. He said stations in Brooklyn and Manhattan have already received the signage.

—Elizabeth Daley

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