Subway service returns to normal in Queens as derailment investigation continues


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

As transit service returns to normal following a subway derailment in Woodside Friday, the MTA continues to investigate the derailment and why a section of rail at the accident site broke.

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MTA to move problematic buses away from Flushing church


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The MTA will redirect five city bus routes from St. George’s Episcopal Church after local leaders and parishioners complained about idling buses and its drivers who relieve themselves on the side of the church.

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MTA plans to help promote LIC during No. 7 train suspensions


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of MTA New York City Transit / Leonard Wiggins.

Although the MTA cannot put a stop to the suspensions expected for the No. 7 train, the agency plans on working to help promote Long Island City.

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Community demands end to disruptive subway noise by Astoria school


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials and the P.S. 85 community in Astoria want to put a screeching halt to subway noise created by the N and Q elevated subway line.

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Demand for transit alternatives as G train shutdowns are set to start


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Johann Hamilton

It’s a no-go for three G train stops on weekends starting July 6. The MTA is closing the Greenpoint tube, which runs under Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens, for 53 hours over the next 12 weekends in order to make Sandy-related repairs. The stations to be closed are the G train’s three northernmost stops, […]

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Queens least improved in subway delays: report


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Photo courtesy of MTA Flickr/ Marc Hermann

Queens straphangers will have to hold on for a little longer. The borough suffered a 17 percent spike in subway delays from 2011 to 2012, according to a new Straphangers Campaign report by the New York Public Interest research Group (NYPIRG). Queens was the least improved in the city when it came to decreasing subway […]

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MTA cuts shuttle service to Sandy-ravaged Rockaways


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Image courtesy of MTA

Local and citywide leaders say the MTA is throwing the Rockaways under the bus. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder and Councilmember Donovan Richards in Far Rockaway on Friday, April 19 to decry the decreased shuttle bus service to the Sandy-affected peninsula. A train service to the Rockaways last ran on […]

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Fare hikes may raise monthly MetroCard to $125, cut discounts


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

File photo

Ahead of public hearings on fare hikes next month, the MTA has proposed four options for when it raises MetroCard prices in March, the New York Daily News reported. These changes would garner $232 million in additional revenue, said the paper. “We have cut discretionary spending to the tune of $700 million and will see […]

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MTA auctioning off items from lost and found


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA

It’s not surprising that straphangers leave items such as cell phones and handbags on subways and buses, but even bikes make it to the MTA New York City Transit’s lost and found. Eventually unclaimed items are auctioned off by the agency, making about $30,000 to $50,000 a year for its operation budget. But don’t worry. […]

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MTA removes trash cans from more subway stations


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THE COURIER / Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

An MTA pilot program that removed trash cans from two subway stations — one in Queens and one in Manhattan — to help alleviate garbage problems such as rodents and track fires has been extended to eight more stations. Last fall, trash cans were removed from the Flushing-Main Street No. 7 line and Manhattan 8th […]

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Pol fights against ‘unfair’ MTA fee


| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

One local politician is worried the MTA’s green fee will put his constituents in the red. Assemblymember Ed Braunstein said the MTA’s proposed green fee unfairly affects riders in his district. The MTA recently proposed adding a $1 charge to each new MetroCard purchased; riders who refill their card will not be charged. Many residents […]

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Queens MTA riders call for more service restorations


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Recently rolled out MTA restorations drew praise from many, though some advocates and politicians said Queens riders were still left in the lurch. Following deep 2010 slashes to service in the five boroughs, the MTA announced $29 million in restorations and new service to dozens of subway lines and bus routes accounting for approximately one-third […]

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