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Tolls existed at New York City’s East River crossings until 1911, and reinstating them in some form has long been a topic of conversation.
Now state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wants to end the discussion — permanently.
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Long Island Rail Road, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are preparing for the arrival of a winter storm this weekend that has the potential to blanket the metropolitan area with anywhere from two to ten inches of snow. Customers are urged to use caution while walking on outdoor platforms and stairs.
Kisook Ahn, the Woodside nurse who was killed in the Dec. 1 Metro North train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station, was remembered at a funeral Mass last Saturday as a kind and extremely bright nurse, outstanding student and devoted family member.
The service at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside was attended by more than 150 family members, friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will install noise dampers on all N and Q line trains serving the Astoria- Ditmars Boulevard subway stop in order to alleviate noise problems stemming from application of the trains’ air brakes.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) wrote to MTA President Thomas Prendergast last year, stating that the noise became increasingly disruptive as more of the cars became fitted with the brakes.
Seizures of unlicensed livery vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport have skyrocketed 500 percent since a new enforcement facility opened there on Oct. 8, according to a statement issued Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The new facility, opened in coordination with the Port Authority, which operates the airport, was established to combat illegal activity by drivers of livery cars, so-called “dollar vans” and other drivers looking to make a buck off of fares from the airport.
The right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
Sandy revealed what our communities have known for too long: We need more transit options for our families in Queens. There is no better time than right now.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will operate on special schedules between today, Wednesday, and Sunday, Dec. 1, to accommodate travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
New York City subways and buses will operate on Sunday schedules on Thanksgiving Day.
Four Romanian nationals, including two men from Elmhurst, have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of credit card numbers used at Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines.
Niculae Peter, 45, and Dorin Husa, 37, of Elmhurst, were arrested last week by Nassau County and Metropolitan Transportation Authority police after search warrants were executed at their Elmhurst apartment.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith, Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark cut the ribbon on Oct. 30 as the LIRR unveiled massive renovations, restorations and improvements to its Queens Village station.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Queens Village has been an LIRR stop since 1881, though the current station was built in 1924, bottom left.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. held its annual gala celebration in Manhattan on Monday evening.
Honorees at the event included Thomas Prendergast, left, chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Marcia Keizs, president of York College in Jamaica; and Citibank, represented by Robert Koar, right, who is president of Citi’s U.S. commercial banking group.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department is investigating a credit and debit card scam that has targeted Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines at four locations in Queens and Nassau County.
Investigators have found hidden cameras attached to machines in Bayside, Great Neck, Merillon Avenue and Greenvale. MTA Police Chief Michael Coan said the cameras were under a metal strip placed across the top of the ticket machines, and appear to be part of the machines.
If you pay for it, they may just build it.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 20-year Capital Assessment released last week includes a nod to the proposal for reactivating the Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line.
As if the significant increase in noise from overhead airplanes hasn’t been enough, residents of Whitestone and Malba also have had to contend with excessive disruptions from helicopters passing directly over their houses.
The problem stems from a Federal Aviation Administration mandate last year that choppers traveling between the middle of Long Island to the Hamptons must fly over water in an effort to decrease the overhead noise for residents of the island. Following the requirement, helicopter pilots began seeking a faster and cheaper route, resulting in more flights over northeast Queens.
On Sunday hundreds of people enjoyed vintage cars, food, toys, rides and music at the Myrtle Avenue Fall Street Festival in Glendale. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority brought 1940s city buses and the East Coast Car and Riviera owners association showed off their antique and custom cars.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved a proposal for a 24-story hotel across from the Long Island Rail Road on land owned by the LIRR and the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
No construction or opening dates were immediately available, but the GJDC said that the Able Management Group, which has properties which include hotels in Plainview and Brentwood on Long Island, is planning for more than 200 rooms plus retail space and a full-service restaurant on the street level.
On Sunday hundreds of people enjoyed vintage cars, food, toys, rides and music at the Myrtle Avenue Fall Street Festival in Glendale. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority brought 1940s city buses and the East Coast Car and Riviera owners association showed off their antique and custom cars. — Josey Bartlett
Those driving down Woodhaven Boulevard may have noticed the construction being done on the train trestle near Eliot Avenue.
In 2012, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, in partnership with the Long Island Rail Road, began renovating the overpass that may soon carry the Elmhurst train that has been proposed to make a comeback.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin two new bus routes on Sunday that will serve portions of Queens.
The Q70/33 route is aimed at improving local service between the Woodside-61st Street Long Island Rail Road station and LaGuardia Airport while simultaneously speeding up service for travelers between the two transportation hubs. The B32 will run between Long Island City and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
De Blasio, Lhota at top in latest mayoral primary poll results
With primary elections now less than a week away, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has widened his lead over the other Democrats running for mayor while former Deputy Mayor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota remains the favorite of Republicans, according to the latest survey.
Francine and David Wheeler, the parents of one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, will speak at the street renaming for their son Benjamin this Saturday.
The neighborhood, with the request of Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), will name the corner of 41st Street and Queens Boulevard ó near the Wheelerís former home ó Benjamin Wheeler Place.
Say this about the battle to replace Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) in City Hall — voters will not lack for choices in the Sept. 10 primary.
Comrie, the popular dean of the Queens delegation, is being forced out after 12 years by term limits. And while there has been rampant speculation about the Councilman’s future ranging from Borough Hall to the state Senate, the battle to replace him has been one of the most hotly contested ones in the city.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will provide extra rail service on Friday for riders looking to get an early start to the Labor Day weekend.
The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will offer additional early afternoon trains from Manhattan.