Public transit advocates expand coalition for express bus service in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

With express bus service set to be created on routes between Flushing and Jamaica this year, a coalition of public transit advocates backing the plan is expanding its efforts to win the hearts and minds of Queens community members.

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Replacement for crumbling parking garage near Borough Hall won’t be done till 2017


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The city is planning to complete the demolition and replacement of a vital public garage near Queens Borough Hall by 2017 as members of the community complain about traffic nightmares and a constant battle for parking while they wait.

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Queens is the borough with the most roads and the most potholes


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Queens isn’t just the “World’s Borough.” It’s also the borough with the city’s most tire-wrecking potholes — a total of 20,000 that have been filled by city crews so far in 2015.

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City focuses on reducing pedestrian deaths in Queens


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THE COURIER/File Photo

City officials have chosen Queens to launch the first borough-wide traffic safety crackdown in the city as part of a long-range effort to reduce the number of deaths from auto accidents, police and transportation officials announced at a press conference in Jamaica on Tuesday.

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Hamilton Beach Boardwalk has gone unplowed this winter, angering residents


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The boardwalk in Hamilton Beach was rebuilt last year to make for an easier commute for residents traveling to the A train station in Coleman Square. But this winter it has been anything but easy to travel on the boardwalk as ice and snow accumulation has made it virtually unwalkable.

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City plans to launch express bus service between Flushing and Jamaica this year


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A planned express bus service that will run between Flushing and Jamaica is set to launch this year, according to city officials, who have included some measures to appease several communities that resisted the idea of designating lanes for buses only.

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City installing new traffic lights along Cross Bay and Woodhaven boulevards


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

As part of Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” traffic safety initiative, the city is in the process of installing new and larger traffic lights along the busy thoroughfares in hopes of giving motorists a better view of the of the red, yellow and green lights.

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City renews express bus service plans between Jamaica and Flushing after nod from mayor


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Despite calls from community members and politicians in neighborhoods like Kew Gardens Hills, the transformation of the Q44 and Q25 into a Select Bus Service (SBS) line is set to begin as early as this fall, according to a Department of Transportation spokesman, but no official schedule has been announced.

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Kew Gardens Hills residents enraged over city proposal to create new express bus service


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Addressing a crowd of angry Kew Gardens Hills residents, Councilman Rory Lancman urged the group to “express yourselves in a respectful manner” on Wednesday night as MTA and city officials met with residents who would be affected by a proposed express bus service line.

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First safety workshop held for Queens Boulevard


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Community officials, residents, family members of traffic accident victims and survivors got the chance Wednesday night to give their input on putting an end to fatal crashes on the “Boulevard of Death.”

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Queens pols and residents tell city to scrap plans for new express bus service


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Photo courtesy of the Department of Transportation

As the city revs up plans to create an express bus service line between Jamaica and Flushing, residents and local politicians are building up speed bumps and roadblocks against the city’s initiative.

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Lindenwood street still sinking after fixed by DEP


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Despite recent attempts by the Department of Environmental Protection to fix a sinking section of a Lindenwood street, the pavement at the corner of 79th Street and 156th Avenue has again sunk by as much as a foot.

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Parking in Ozone Park pedestrian plaza still not reinstated


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Though a part of a controversial Ozone Park pedestrian plaza has been removed and is ready for parking, customers at local businesses still cannot use the area for parking because issues over signage have to be addressed.

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