Star of Queens: Jessame Hannus, Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee co-chair; Biking Public Project co-founder


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Meet this week’s Star of Queens: Jessame Hannus, co-chair of Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee and a co-founder of the Biking Public Project.

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Op-ed: Another wasted transportation study


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY LARRY PENNER

The “Northeast Queens Bus Restoration Study” championed by numerous elected officials is nothing more than a placebo designed to placate demagogues who are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available for decades.

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Public transportation ridership grows


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

The recently released American Public Transportation Association report highlighted that public transportation ridership in 2013 was greater than any time since 1956.  Various operating agencies of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including New York City Transit bus and subway, MTA bus, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, had a 3 percent plus increase in ridership […]

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Happy 49th birthday to Queens public transportation


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments, which continues benefiting many Americans today.  On July 10, 1964 he signed the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 into law.  Subsequently this has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into […]

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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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Happy 48th birthday to Queens public transportation


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments which continues benefiting many Americans today. On July 10th, 1964 he signed the “Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964″ into law. Subsequently this has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into […]

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Penner’s Pen: A new private sector intercity transportation alternative


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

President Obama and Congress should look closely at growth of Bolt Bus and other new intercity bus operators. Thousands of New Yorkers on a daily basis are now utilizing the bus from Manhattan to Washington, Boston, Albany and other cities. Bolt Bus is a role model others should emulate. They have built a multimillion dollar […]

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Group offers alternatives to congestion pricing


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

As the 17-member Traffic Mitigation Congestion Commission formed in August continues to study different alternatives to ease congestion in New York City, one group opposed to a congestion pricing plan recently released a set of alternatives aimed at reducing congestion. The Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free group, which represents a coalition of civic, business and […]

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Group offers alternatives to congestion pricing


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

As the 17-member Traffic Mitigation Congestion Commission formed in August continues to study different alternatives to ease congestion in New York City, one group opposed to a congestion pricing plan recently released a set of alternatives aimed at reducing congestion. The Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free group, which represents a coalition of civic, business and […]

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Stalled Bus Strike, Lack Of Negotiations Leave Thousands Of Borough Riders Seeking Alternate Transportation


By Queens Courier Staff

Bus drivers for private lines in Queens walked off the job Monday, affecting 70,000 riders in the borough. Drivers for Green and Command Buses were still on strike as The Queens Courier went to press Tuesday, with no resolution seemingly in sight until a proposed sit-down on Thursday. The walk-out stalled negotiations in the MTAs […]

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DOT launches annual ‘Bike to School’ competition


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Photo courtesy of East-West School of International Studies

The wheels have started to go round in this year’s Department of Transportation competition aiming to inspire safe bicycling and active transportation alternatives in students throughout the city.

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Outrage after DMV dismisses tickets against driver who killed toddler in Flushing


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The Department of Motor Vehicles has dropped two tickets against the driver who fatally struck a 3-year-old girl in Flushing last year, angering the toddler’s father and others.

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Sunnyside launches borough’s first ‘Bike Friendly Business District’


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's Office

The bicycle wheels are going round and round in Sunnyside. On Saturday, the neighborhood became Queens’ first “Bike Friendly Business District.”

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Annual Tour de Queens draws more than 1,200 riders


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy Transportation Alternatives

More than 1,200 bicyclists from around the city participated in the 7th Annual Tour de Queens, a 20-mile ride that travels through several neighborhoods in the borough.

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