Queens College recently released the results of a student survey gauging community opinions on how to utilize the vacant land surrounding the 3.5-mile, long abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The Friends of the QueensWay commends these students for their hard work, and we were delighted to see the results provide additional support for the QueensWay.
The QueensWay is a community-developed plan to turn this blighted land into a 47-acre linear park that will provide safe, easy access to Forest Park; new recreation opportunities for the 322,000 people living within a mile; a boost to local businesses; and a high-profile showcase for the most culturally diverse borough of New York City.
The weekend closure on a segment of the No. 7 subway line will continue for four more weeks after beginning last Friday night.
Service will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.
The weekend of Oct. 18-20 will be the first of five when service along segments of the No. 7 subway line will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is fitting the line with communication-Based Train Control technology, which will replace signaling equipment that in some cases is between 50 and 90 years old.
The Long Island Rail Road is reminding riders that track construction work in and around Rockville Centre could add several minutes to an hour to some trips this weekend, Oct. 18 and 19.
The changes will include reduced service, shuttle buses and schedule adjustments.
The Long Island Rail Road is adding eight additional eastbound trains from Penn Station between 2:08 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on Friday for riders seeking to leave early to observe Yom Kippur.
On the Babylon branch a 2:32 p.m. train will run express to Lynbrook and then make all stops through Babylon. A 3 p.m. train will stop at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and then all stops through Babylon, and a 3:31 p.m. train will run express to Rockville Centre, and then all stops through Babylon.
The Long Island Rail Road is planning extensive track maintenance projects on its Port Washington branch in the first two weekends in October, work that will result in extensive service changes for east- and westbound trains.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, service on the Port Washington branch will switch from every half hour to every hour to allow crews to repair and replace switches between Bayside and Great Neck.
Gov. Cuomo recently met with officials from New Jersey as well as the federal government to discuss pre-emptive security measures at mass transit sites in the New York City region.
Cuomo says the security upgrades are merely a precautionary measure given the recent increase in terrorist activity abroad.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will operate all buses and subway trains on a Sunday schedule for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 1.
Members of Community Board 5 met Tuesday evening in Glendale to discuss community updates, including several ongoing capital projects.
A big topic was revitalizing the Rockaway Beach rail line, which John Rozankowski and Philip McManus of the Queens Public Transit Committee said would reduce long commutes for residents of southern Queens, and alleviate traffic congestion in northern Queens.
In a report released last week, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach LIRR is not only feasible, but a good investment for the financially-shaky Metropolitan Transit Authority.
The document alleged that the MTA has not restored the entire transit system to a state of good repair because it has not received all the funding it has sought and because cost overruns on large capital projects siphoned off resources that could have been used to modernize the system. In it, DiNapoli says restoring the route would cut down on costs of transporting residents in South Queens and the Rockaways and spur development in the area.
Despite the push to construct a linear park along the former Rockaway Beach rail line — and stiff opposition to anything being built there from some residents living alongside it — supporters of reactivating train service from Rego Park to Rockaway Beach still believe their idea is the best for Queens, and say it’s completely feasible.
It’s been 52 years since service stopped on the line between Rego Park and Ozone Park. South of there, the A train occupies the right of way into the Rockaways. Residents there say elimination of the service has left the peninsula stagnant for half a century.
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The MTA has planned multiple alternatives to cover for reduced or nonexistent No. 7 line service on many weekends this summer and fall, but no one expects things to be easy.
“We know how important the 7 line is,” said MTA NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco at a press conference Friday in Flushing.
Members of Community Board 2 say they’ve been unimpressed by Access-A-Ride’s service. Many recount “horror stories” and condemn the “systemic problems” with the service for senior citizens.
In response, Kenny Stewart, a representative for Access-A-Ride, came to the board’s meeting to address their concerns on April 3.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. last week announced completion of a deal that will bring a 400-unit residential and commercial building to the intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) was on hand when the GJDC announced its contract with BRP Companies, a Manhattan-based development, contracting and property management firm that specializes in affordable, mixed-income and market-rate housing and commercial development.
The combination of the press conference for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and Derek Jeter’s announcement that this will be his last season certainly put the spotlight on the Yankees last week. That may be one reason why news of the Mets’ refinancing of a massive loan did not get a lot of play. Nonetheless it is a big story with plenty of troubling implications for Mets fans.
Bloomberg.com sports financial correspondent Kavitha Davidson wrote in her Feb. 6 article that the Mets were on the verge of delaying repayment of a $250 million loan issued by Bank of America for another seven years. Davidson cited New York Post financial columnist Josh Kosman’s Jan. 30 article saying the massive balloon payment was due this spring. Davidson took pains to point out that Kosman wrote that the new loan agreement did not restrict the Mets payroll the way the previous financial agreement did. It’s that aspect of the original covenant that raised my eyebrows.
Long Island Rail Road Service between Jamaica and Manhattan was shut down for more than two hours on Monday morning after a construction accident damaged signal cables near the Harold Interlocking in the Sunnyside rail yard.
Marjorie Anders, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the accident took place at about 9:45 a.m. when a backhoe damaged the cables. No one was injured in the mishap.
2013 proved to be a very busy year for area civic groups.
Quality-of-life issues such as the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the trash-carrying trains roaring through southwestern Queens neighborhoods dominated many an agenda.
For many years, the Wolkoff family, wealthy developers, allowed street artists to paint all over the old warehouse in Long Island City known as 5Pointz. That came to an end in the very early hours of Tuesday morning, as crews painted over the street art that had made the building an icon to many.
But the artists and those who keep up with the news in Queens knew, or should have known, that it would happen one day. And the Wolkoffs had every right to do it. Yes, the artists were trying to stop the building’s pending destruction in court, but they had a very difficult case to make. And they were trying to get it landmarked, but that’s a long, arduous process. They may very well be right that the Wolkoffs took action this week in response to the landmarking effort.
At the end of June the Long Island Rail Road agreed to fund and conduct a survey that could result in the rebuilding of a train station in Elmhurst.
The envelopes have been sealed, stamped and distributed, but the leadership at the Newtown Civic Association, which advocated for the stop at Broadway and Whitney Avenue to be revisited, wants to know why only 10 percent of households in a half-mile radius of the stop received surveys.
There is even more good news to “MTA plans expanded bus, subway service” (by Michael Gannon, July 25, multiple editions). Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast and Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams are providing funding which will support resumption of half-hour weekend service on the Port Washington LIRR branch. This proves once again why it pays to live in Great Neck or Little Neck, Douglaston, Bayside, Auberndale and other northeast Queens neighborhoods. Those of us in the know already moved to communities adjacent to Port Washington branch stations years or even decades ago. The Great Neck schools, along with those in nearby Queens neighborhoods, are some of the best in the Metropolitan New York area. We have great air quality along with a low crime rate, abundant parks, libraries, shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, hospitals and medical facilities.
Riders on the Port Washington branch have far more abundant seating than LIRR commuters on other branches, and a quick 30-minute or less trip into Penn Station without having to change at Jamaica. We also miss most service disruptions. The return of half-hour weekend service on the Port Washington L
IRR branch for riders is a nice gift to offset future planned fare increases in 2015 and 2017.
Last year Mets general manager Sandy Alderson quipped, “A city of 800,000 people outvoted that of 8,000,000,” after the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval beat out David Wright to be the National League’s starting third baseman in the 2012 All-Star Game.
The stakes were certainly higher for the Mets, Wright, and yes, even Major League Baseball this year, since the 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday. David has been MLB’s All-Star Game ambassador ever since it was announced that baseball’s midsummer classic would be played in Flushing this year. It would have been embarrassing for all parties if Wright had not been voted the NL’s starting third baseman this time.
The Long Island Rail Road will provide regular service to and from Belmont Park racetrack on racing days throughout the entire racing season, including the Belmont Stakes on June 8.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the 10:58 a.m. train from Penn Station will stop at Woodside at 11:10 a.m. and Jamaica at 11: 19 a.m. before arriving at Belmont at 11:33.
City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) has proposed mayoral control for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as well as a number of potentially popular — but costly — additions to rail, bus and ferry service in the city.
“If we want to remain the economic capital of the world and continue to rebuild our economy, if we want to keep New York as a place for middle class and working families — then we need to rebuild a transportation system that serves the needs of the 21st Century,” Quinn said in a statement issued by the Council press office.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that all city subway lines will operate on their regular weekday schedules on Good Friday, March 29.
The MTA’s regular Sunday schedule will be in effect on Easter Sunday, March 31.