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MTA planning six new accessible Queens subway stations

Six Queens subway stations would be among 70 citywide outfitted with elevators under the new five-year capital budget request made public by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week.

Thursday 09/19/2019
MTA seeks $51.5B for modern transit
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:23 pm

Talk always has been cheaper than action when it comes to modernizing the city’s mass transit system.

On Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority challenged the state and city to put $51.5 billion where their mouths are.

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Fixing that sinking feeling on corner
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:05 pm

In the winter, it was a skating rink. After a spring rain, it was a dirty lake.

The southwest corner at 157th Avenue and 79th Street in Lindenwood has been sinking slowly at least since 2013, neighbors say, and runoff rainwater from blocks around collects there after stroms.

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Sunnyside Yard talk draws protest to LIC
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:29 pm

What would a public meeting on a major project in western Queens be without a protest?

A presentation on Monday night by the city’s Economic Development Corp. promoting the proposed overbuild of the Sunnyside Yard rail complex had its supporters and detractors among the more than 200 people who dropped by Aviation High School in Long Island City.

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Mayor doesn’t know ’18 traffic safety bill
Posted: September 19, 2019

Mayor de Blasio, the creator and undisputed champion of the city’s Vision Zero initiative, last Friday told a radio audience that he has not seen a bill that would put a lot more teeth into his administration’s traffic safety initiatives.

The legislation — Intro. 971 — was introduced by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) in June 2018.

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Few support MTA schedule removal
Posted: September 19, 2019

The reviews are coming in, and members of the riding public are generally less than enthused with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s decision to remove printed schedules from bus stops.

The removals officially began in July throughout Queens, with the MTA saying it would save $500,000 per year. In their place, the agency is posting information on where riders can find bus times, such as the MyMTA app or texting the MTA’s arrival number.

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Friday 09/13/2019
Mayor unaware of 15-month-old traffic safety bill
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Mayor de Blasio, the creator and undisputed champion of the city’s Vision Zero initiative, on Friday told a radio audience that he has not seen a bill that would give a lot more teeth to his administration’s traffic safety initiatives.

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Thursday 09/12/2019
A call for a more bike-friendly bridge
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 11:58 am

The chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection is asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make the RFK-Triborough Bridge more accessible to cyclists and safer for them.

In an Aug. 30 letter to Daniel DeCrescenzo, acting president of MTA Bridges & Tunnels, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) called on the agency to extend protective fencing along the entire length of a pedestrian path along the north side of the bridge to a uniform 10 feet high.

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JVB: LaGuardia CC needs traffic upgrades
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:02 pm

Traffic safety advocates on Tuesday called on the city’s Department of Transportation to implement new measures to slow or reduce traffic in the area around LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, and to speed up what has been started or is being planned.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said the five-block radius around a stretch of Thomson Avenue includes not only LaGuardia CC but four high schools with a combined total of more than 50,000 students, faculty and staff; but that it is not designated as a school zone.

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Resurfacing of Cross Bay Blvd. has begun
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 12:07 pm

Sort of by surprise, the repaving of Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach began this week.

Officials of the city Department of Transportation had been telling civic leaders in Howard Beach it did not expect to start the $2.1 million project until October.

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