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Queens in 2011 weathered an earthquake and a hurricane; lost a former 9th District congresswoman who was a political legend, and a sitting 9th District Congressman to scandal; and had its usual complaints about traffic, parking and high taxes.
Clownish U.S. Rep. and GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann later claimed to have been joking, but we know she was serious when she said God sent Hurricane Irene and last week’s earthquake to the United States as a warning to Washington officials to get their act together.
Which means, of course, doing things the radical, Bachmann-Tea Party way — decimating the social safety net while continuing tax breaks for the richest Americans and spreading the most vile rumors about the president.
by Michael Gannon
You can’t blame him for taking a better paying, more satisfying job where he’s likely to face a lot less criticism and far fewer institutional roadblocks, but MTA Chairman Jay Walder sure did pick a lousy time to resign.
Then again, any time is a lousy time for a skilled manager to leave the constantly beleaguered transit agency. Perennially on the edge of bankruptcy, continually having to repair aging infrastructure, always the target of disparagement from all sides, the MTA lurches from one problem to the next like a train in a curving tunnel. But Walder was making great strides in improving the agency’s finances, updating its technology and overseeing major capital projects that had long been in the works.
Unions and advocates for riders and commuters are tearing into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposed budget for 2012.
Unveiled on Wednesday, the plan seeks to continue the massive cost-cutting efforts put in place by outgoing MTA Chairman Jay Walder, and anticipates a balanced budget through 2014 without fare hikes next year.
MTA Chairman Jay Walder will step down in October. Gov. Cuomo will appoint his sucessor.
When Jay Walder submitted his resignation notice last week as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Veronica Vanterpool of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign held no illusions about the challenges facing his successor.
“He restored credibility to the MTA during his tenure,” Vanterpool said. “We were surprised by the announcement. There are many hard challenges ahead for that agency. They’re going to run out of money next year, and there aren’t sufficient resources on hand to sustain the system.
MTA Chairman Jay Walder, seen here speaking at York College last year, will resign in October.
The chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will resign in October after two years on the job.
Florida rejects, New York gladly accepts.
Officials this week were notified by the federal Department of Transportation that New York will receive $800 million in funding for high-speed rail projects throughout the state, including the improvement of the Harold Interlocking at the Sunnyside Rail Yards.
State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he and his constituents have had enough of the racket at the Long Island Rail Road yard located at Borden Avenue and 2nd Street in LIC.
Trains idle at the yard and pollute the air. On Saturday, Gianaris announced he had penned a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder, asking him to silence the locomotives.
Residents and elected officials are pushing to have Q22 express bus service restored in Astoria.
A petition is circulating online, and in a letter dated April 26, addressed to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) demanded the service between Astoria and Manhattan be restored.
The furor over a city-owned empty lot in west Maspeth continued this week after the chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority sent a letter to a deputy mayor indicating the agency finds the lot suitable for an Access-A-Ride facility.
In the April 6 missive to Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel, Jay Walder stated “the property situated on 49th [Street] in Maspeth, Queens would meet its needs,” and that NYC Transit “is ready to begin the process with the city of studying the feasibility of constructing” the facility.
Charlton Dsouza is on a mission to improve transportation in his community.
After being stranded for more than three hours on one occasion and learning from a former top transit official that the MTA has a policy not to fill in routes when a driver calls in sick, the Queens Village resident began a crusade to help his fellow riders.
Sunnyside tunnels are prepared for LIRR East Side Access
What’s thicker than shampoo, but thinner than pudding? Anything in the way of two new tunnel boring machines at Sunnyside Yards.
The machines, unveiled at the site during a press conference on Friday, will pulverize everything before them to create four tunnels connecting tracks of the Long Island Rail Road Main Line in a tunnel under the East River leading to Manhattan. As part of the East Side Access project, a Long Island Rail Road stop will also be added in Sunnyside. The project is expected to be completed in 2016 and work began in 2007.
And the hits just keep on coming.
Nearly a year to the day after he took the reins as chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Jay Walder touted the agency’s accomplishments and laid out his vision for the future before a crowd of about 80 people at York College in Jamaica.
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.
Jay Walder, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will be the featured speaker at the next York College Executive Leadership Breakfast Series, to be held on Oct. 8.
While its public standing may be descending to all-time depths, due in part to widespread service cuts and impending fare and toll hikes, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced this week that it is set to exceed 2010 overtime reduction targets, saving $54 million compared with 2009 costs.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board Monday evening absorbed an onslaught of emotionally-charged testimony from mass transit commuters, civic leaders and elected officials during a fare-hike hearing at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing.
“He’s the one who signs your pension checks,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) to much applause, introducing state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to a full house at the Elmhurst-Jackson Heights Senior Center on Tuesday.