“A new Elmhurst station will provide commuter railroad service to this vibrant community,” the MTA said in the five-year plan said.
The proposed station elements include two new 12-car platforms, staircases, platform railings, platform shelters, ticket vending machines, lighting, communication and security systems, and site improvements, according to the capital plan.
There will also be elevator service at the Elmhurst station, which will be part of the Port Washington line.
In 2012, Councilman Daniel Dromm and US Rep. Joseph Crowley called on the Long Island Rail Road to reopen the station, which was located on Broadway between Cornish and Whitney avenues and was closed in 1985 due to low ridership, to meet the needs of the neighborhood’s growing population.
Last year, LIRR officials conducted a month-long survey to see if it made sense to bring the station back to the community,
Dromm said that although he finds this plan as a positive development, he still views it as just a proposal.
“Seeing the line item of $40 million for the LIRR Elmhurst stop in the MTA’s capital budget is a longtime coming and much welcomed development,” Dromm said. “However, this capital budget should be seen as a wish list. These projects are not currently fully funded nor approved by the state. I will continue to advocate for this stop, which would cut down commutes and help Elmhurst residents get to where they need to go with greater speed. I hope the MTA will turn this wish from the community into a reality.”
UPDATE: Queens woman who vanished Sunday found alive and well in Texas
A missing 26-year-old Queens woman, who may have run away to escape plans for an arranged marriage, been found alive and well in Texas, law enforcement sources said Thursday. Rajwinder Kaur’s family was thankful and relieved she had been located, but shot down the idea of planned nuptials. Read more: [New York Daily News]
Madrid-bound plane returns to JFK after suspicious device found
A plane that was supposed to travel to Madrid, Spain returned to John F. Kennedy Airport Thursday following a report of a suspicious device on board. Sources told NY1 that suspicious wires were found in a bathroom aboard Delta Flight 126, which was in the air for about two hours Thursday night. Read more: [NY1]
Misdemeanor sexual assault reports more than doubled in western Queens in 2012
A sharp spike in reported misdemeanor sexual assaults in western Queens this year may seem at first a cause for alarm. But lawmakers and crime experts suggest that the grim statistics could also have a silver lining — a greater willingness by victims to report crimes such as gropings. The crime stats for the week ending July 1 in the 108th Precinct show a 125% jump in reported misdemeanor sex crimes compared to the same period last year, up from 16 to 36. Year-to-date hikes also jumped 50% for both the 110th and 115th precincts. Read more: [New York Daily News]
Chicken running afowl near LIRR station in Forest Hills, Queens
Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to stop traffic along 71st Avenue and amuse residents in Queens. Locals told 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer that the bird has been running afowl, wandering near the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station. Read more: [1010wins]
Former teachers, parents call conditions at MS 318 chaotic
Parents and former teachers at a Rockaway Park middle school are calling for the ouster of the principal, citing “mayhem” in the building. They say Principal Linda Munro of the Waterside School for Leadership, also known as Middle School 318, doesn’t have the experience to run the institution. Former staffers said fights break out weekly between students, teachers claim they were bullied by Munro and female students said they were groped. Read more: [New York Daily News]
Police look for alleged Queens attempted burglary suspects
Police are looking for two men they say attempted to burglarize a home in Queens over the weekend. Just before 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police allege the suspects tried to break into a Jackson Heights home through the garage door. The men did not take any property before fleeing, according to police. Read more: [NY1]
Now in their fourth week in Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement that has gained national attention made its way to Bell Boulevard on Thursday morning, October 13. Standing outside the Bayside LIRR Station, almost a dozen protesters held signs calling for taxes on corporations; more specifically, the Tiny Speculator Tax. Those in attendance at the rally – organized by the Northeast Queens MoveOn Council – handed out literature explaining that a tax on financial speculation would make “dangerous, market crashing derivatives” less profitable and “encourage Wall Street to make real investments that create jobs and real (not paper) economic activity.”
“Forty-two years ago, I was fighting for democracy in Vietnam,” said Thomas Hagan of Bayside. “I might have been wrong about that one. This time I’m fighting against a corporate takeover and I know I’m on the right side.”
The rally was not well attended on a rainy Thursday morning with the police presence out numbering protesters but according to Rita Krich of Bay Terrace, it’s important to get their message across.
“This is a very bad time for young people,” said Krich. “I want them to have jobs and support the world they live in.”
Another protester had a different way of getting the message across. Using his would-be mid-day break, a man who identified himself as David Yale – a banker from Chase Manhattan – came to the Bayside LIRR in a suit and tie holding a sign that said “Your Friendly Trusted Banker” while handing fake money “back” to commuters and passers-by.
“I was feeling really guilty about all this money that was given to me by the government from the people so to make my good name better I’m going to give it back to the people it belongs to,” said Yale.
Those in attendance plan to move the rally up Northern Boulevard to Congressmember Gary Ackerman’s office in an effort to obtain his support for Tiny Speculator Tax.