Plans for proposed Sunnyside, Woodside slow zones revealed


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Images courtesy of Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation (DOT) presented its plans for two proposed slow zones in Sunnyside Gardens, Woodside and Sunnyside, south of Queens Boulevard, before Community Board 2 (CB 2) during a public hearing on Wednesday night.

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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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Two Queens-bound lanes of Throgs Neck Bridge to close overnight this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Marisa Baldeo

From Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 25, at 5 a.m., one lane to Queens will be closed due to construction. One additional lane will stay closed between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on all three days.

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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 granted eminent domain powers for Flushing LIRR project


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo rendering courtesy of the MTA

The MTA has been given eminent domain powers to move forward with a long-awaited plan to upgrade the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station in Flushing.

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Queens legislators balk at plans to toll East River bridges


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Queens lawmakers oppose a plan that would toll East River crossings, including the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, that are currently free. As a trade-off, five other Queens bridge fares would be reduced by nearly half.

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Queens resident killed in Metro-North train derailment


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Updated Monday, December 2, 4:36 p.m. A Queens woman was one of four people who died Sunday morning when a Metro-North passenger train derailed in the Bronx. A seven-car train, coming from Poughkeepsie and heading to Grand Central Terminal, jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., according to the National Transportation Safety Board […]

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Plane returns to LaGuardia after engine failure


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

A Maine-bound flight had to turn around not long after takeoff Wednesday due to an engine failure, officials said. An engine shut down in-air during Delta Connection flight 6256 not long after it left LaGuardia, according to the airline. The flight returned to LaGuardia, landed safely and taxied the runway. There were no injuries during […]

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MTA launches subway app with real-time countdown clocks


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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The MTA has taken some of the guess work out of catching trains with a newly-launched app. The app, named MTA Subway Time and currently only available on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, will allow straphangers to know precisely when trains are expected to arrive at stations. For now, the service is available on seven […]

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Fare, toll hikes approved by MTA


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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New Yorkers will once again be paying more to ride public transportation beginning next year. The MTA board passed all of Chair Joe Lhota’s recommendations at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 19 bumping fares and tolls across all MTA services. The base fare on Metrocards will rise a quarter to $2.50, seven-day passes will go […]

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Drivers to pay more at Port Authority crossings beginning Sunday


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Toll hikes go into effect on Port Authority crossings beginning Sunday, a December tradition drivers will have to get used to. E-ZPass users will be paying an additional 75 cents — $8.25 off peak and $10.25 on peak — while cash tolls will rise $1 to $13. All increases will apply to the Lincoln & Holland […]

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City gas rationing to end Saturday


| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Maggie Hayes

Two weeks after the mayor activated odd/even gas rationing, he announced any car, regardless of license plate number, will be able to fill up beginning tomorrow. Beginning Friday, November 9, Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted a rationing system to ease long lines at gas stations amidst a post-Sandy fuel shortage. “With more than 85 percent of gas stations […]

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