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Mayor signs trash zone bills for 2021

Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday signed three bills aimed at drastically changing the commercial solid waste collection industry.The new laws will divide the city into 20 zones, each served by up to three carters selected through a competitive bidding process. The idea is to reduce the number and length of garbage truck trips each day; to increase worker and equipment safety; and to encourage more recycling. Unlike residents, businesses do not have their garbage collected by the city’s Department of Sanitation. The transition is expected to begin in 2021.

Thursday 11/21/2019
MTA sidetracks new LIRR Elmhurst station
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:52 pm

More than 30 years ago, the Elmhurst station of the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington branch was closed and razed. Earlier this decade, residents and elected officials made a push to rebuild it.

Officials garnered enough traction to get the MTA to begin funding the station but the effort may have been put off just as quickly as it began.

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No more cash for tix on LIRR come March
Posted: November 21, 2019

The Long Island Rail Road will no longer accept cash for tickets bought on trains as part of a pilot program starting in March.

The move will generate $1.1 million in annual savings “at a time where cost reductions are imperative,” MTA spokesperson Meredith Daniels told the Chronicle Monday. Daniels added that the MTA noticed a 40 percent reduction in cash payments in the past year and that those account for 1 percent of transactions.

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MetroCard successor is coming to Queens
Posted: November 21, 2019

The system that will replace the MetroCard will be introduced at the Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue subway station next month, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Earlier this year, the contactless One Metro New York system became operational in select Manhattan and Brooklyn subway stations. In an MTA press release on Nov. 12, MTA Chief Revenue Officer Al Putre announced the next phase of the OMNY expansion to more than 40 subway stations will include the first in Queens next month. The system is activated by certain credit and debit cards. The station serves the E, J, and Z lines.

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New Exit 15 ramp now open on GCP
Posted: November 21, 2019

New York State’s Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that there is a new, permanent change in traffic patterns on the westbound Grand Central Parkway in the heart of Queens.

Motorists wishing to access westbound Union Turnpike and westbound Queens Boulevard now must exit the GCP from a new permanent Exit 15 ramp, which sits approximately 500 feet east of the temporary ramp that had been in use during construction.

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Monday 11/18/2019
No more cash on board for LIRR tickets in March
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:38 pm

The Long Island Rail Road will no longer accept cash for tickets bought on trains as part of a pilot program, Newsday reported Monday.

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Friday 11/15/2019
New Exit 15 ramp on the Grand Central Parkway
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:33 pm

New York State’s Department of Transportation is advising drivers that there is a permanent change in traffic patterns on the westbound Grand Central Parkway in the heart of Queens beginning on or about Saturday morning, Nov. 16.

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Thursday 11/14/2019
State level concerns raised at town hall
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:30 pm

A concerned parent used an Assembly District 25 community town hall meeting Tuesday to air her state-level grievances at Sen. John Liu (D-Bayside) and his decision to support mandated vaccines for public school students.

“My child hasn’t been in school in weeks, and I do hold you accountable,” she said freely from the audience. “You pretended that you cared about my family, and then you voted against us.”

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FAA confirms folks have AirTrain worries
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:39 pm

A recent report from the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed what interested observers already knew — residents living near LaGuardia Airport have serious concerns about the potential health, environmental and aesthetic impacts that a proposed AirTrain could unleash.

The Port Authority, in an effort to speed up travel time between LaGuardia and both Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, is planning to spend $2 billion or more on an elevated rail line that would connect with the Long Island Rail Road and the No 7 subway line at Mets/Willets Point.

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Cop: Enforcement up on Queens Blvd.
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:39 pm

A video of a cyclist being hit by a vehicle that ran a stop sign on Queens Boulevard has been viewed more than 34,000 times on Twitter since being posted last Friday.

The poster, Jessica, said her husband was struck and that the responding officer failed to issue a summons, saying that he didn’t witness the incident. The crash took place at 68th Road.

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