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Now train stations won’t just tell straphangers in that recorded automated voice how long until the next subway car, but will show them. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority installed countdown clocks, which visually tell riders when the next train will arrive, at five Astoria N and Q subway stations.
Although polka dots might be in, white bird splatters on the suits of commuters are not.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) allocated $2,500 from his discretionary funds to install pigeon mitigation systems under the elevated No. 7 tracks at the 46th, 52nd and 61st street stations.
Gov. Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have announced that an increase in state funding will make the expansion or restoration of subway and bus service in Queens possible within the next 12 months.
The service improvements were announced Monday in connection with the release of the MTA’s updated financial plan.
New York City Transit is recommending a 25 percent increase in afternoon and evening service along the G subway line, which runs between Court Square in Long Island City with Church Avenue in Brooklyn.
The new trains and other changes are contingent upon the Metropolitan Transportation Authority finding the estimated $700,000 to implement them, according to a statement issued by the MTA on Monday.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the union representing its subway workers are about $15 million apart on just how much extra funding will be available from the state this coming fiscal year.
But that is virtual agreement compared to their stands on reopening 100 of the subway booths that were shut down when the MTA was suffering a cash crunch in 2010.
Thomas Prendergast, who has served as president of NYC Transit for more than three years, has been tapped by Gov. Cuomo to be the next chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Prendergast, a native of Chicago, began his career with the Chicago Transit Authority in 1975. He moved to the New York City Transit Authority in 1982 following a term with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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 NY Straphangers Campaign second annual “State of the Station Platforms” survey revealed that most conditions at subway stations improved, while others were lacking cleanliness and repairs.
“We applaud transit managers and workers for improving conditions at many stations,” said Jason Chin-Fatt, the Straphangers Campaign field organizer who oversaw the survey. “But there’s still room for further progress. There’s no reason, for example, that riders should have a one in 10 chance of seeing a rat while waiting for any train.”
If the Maspeth Industrial Business Association gets its way, there will be a drastic improvement in public transportation efficiency in Maspeth.
The MIBA and Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Queens, Brooklyn) sat down with MTA and DOT representatives to persuade them to bring more buses to Maspeth.
The G train has only two stops in Queens. But riders and public officials from this borough and Brooklyn are applauding the decision of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to conduct a full line review with the aim of improving service.
“The G train is much maligned, but it is vital for people who want to travel between western Queens and Brooklyn,” said John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance, a grassroots bus and subway advocacy group. He said while the MTA is greatly underfunded, the idea here is to help the agency make changes to improve the service that is available.
Flushing lawmakers are asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to spare them any future fighting over service disruptions to the No. 7 train during the Lunar New Year. But they don’t like what they’re hearing.
Business owners, elected officials and organizers of Flushing’s annual Lunar New Year extravaganza are upset the MTA plans to truncate No. 7 train service during the event, despite numerous pleas to let the train run its full route at least during the weekends of Feb. 10 and 16.
An MTA worker talks to a straphanger outside the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue stop in Long Island City.
A man was pushed to his death at a Sunnyside 7 Train stop on Thursday night, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.
With four separate options under consideration, the prospect of a fare increase from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this coming March seems assured.
Still, most of the nearly 20 people who attended a public hearing on the matter in Flushing last Thursday implored the MTA to continue seeking another way to raise the $450 million that the authority says it needs to balance its books in the coming year.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is previewing its proposals for fare and toll hikes in the spring, and the critics’ reviews are scathing.
Four possibilities, which will be subject to public hearings throughout the city and the region, are aimed at increasing revenue by $450 million, which the agency says will balance its budget next year.
Two trains that run through Queens, the R and 7, have the least understandable in-car announcements of any line in the city, according to a new study by the Straphangers Campaign. Here a 7 train operator speaks into the mike.
Subway announcements of delays and other disruptions are clearer than they’ve ever been since the Straphangers Campaign started analyzing them in 1997, but they’re still comprehensible and accurate only a little more than half the time, the transit advocacy group reported Oct. 4.
Fifty-nine percent of the announcements were clear and correct in 2012, the Straphangers Campaign reported, compared to 51 percent in 2011 and 40 percent in 2010. The 2012 survey marked the 11th time since 1997 that the organization, an arm of the New York Public Interest Research Group, studied the announcements by deploying volunteers throughout the system.
Subway announcements of delays and other disruptions are clearer than they've ever been since the Straphangers Campaign started analyzing them in 1997, but they're still comprehensible and accurate only a little more than half the time, the transit advocacy group reported Thursday.
An annual study conducted by the Straphangers Campaign has tapped the Q subway line as the best in New York City in terms of performance, reliability and cleanliness.
The Q, which runs from Astoria-Ditmars Avenue to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, was one of 19 subway lines on the 15th annual report card issued by the Straphangers, a branch of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing to add a $1 charge to almost all new MetroCards beginning in 2013.
The authority said the fee is aimed at encouraging riders to continue putting money on existing cards at vending machines throughout the city’s transportation system rather than discarding empty ones and buying them new.
Q train passengers were riding in style in 2012, according to the annual subway report card issued Wednesday by the Straphangers Campaign. The Q had the highest rating of 19 lines graded.
The state has approved a three-year capital spending program for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The agreement between legislators and Gov. Cuomo was announced on Sunday.
City and Queens officials are roundly panning a federal transportation bill that has Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) praising Ronald Reagan and Bob Turner (R-Queens and Brooklyn) critical of a GOP plan.
The bill could strip $1.7 billion from the state and have a serious impact on city and suburban public transportation.
Commuters who depend on the 7 Train are angry over a plan to close the line between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza for 11 consecutive weekends, from Jan. 21 to April 2.
In addition to the weekend shutdowns, the 7 Train station at Court Square will be completely closed between Jan. 21 and April 2. Some 8,000 people who take the 7 at this station on weekdays, according to MTA data, will be affected.