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Subway service changes to affect 14 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

1

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 96 St and 242 St-Van Cortlandt Park. A C trains, M3, M100, and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. For service between 96 St and 168 St, use free shuttle buses or the A/C at nearby stations. For service between 168 St and 191 St, use the M3 or free shuttle buses. For service between Inwood-207 St and Van Cortlandt-242 St, take free shuttle buses. Transfer between buses and A trains at Inwood-207 St and between A and 1 trains at 59 St-Columbus Circle.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and April 19, 3 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and New Lots Av. Use 4 trains and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av, making all stops. Transfer between 2, 3 and 4 trains at Franklin Av. Transfer between 4 trains and free shuttle buses at Crown Hts-Utica Av. 4 trains run local between Franklin Av and Crown Hts-Utica Av all weekend.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St. Woodlawn-bound 4 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St due to CPM ADA platform work at 23 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service all weekend between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av, making all 3 Line station stops.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green.

6

At all times until spring 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.

For service to/from Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

For service to/from Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St.

A

At all times until summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

For service to this station take the Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

For service from this station take a Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, A  trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St. Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A  trains skip 88 St.

For service to 88 St, take the A to 80 St and transfer to free shuttle buses.

For service from 88 St toward the Rockaways, take a Brooklyn-bound A to 80 St and transfer to a Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A.

A service operates between Inwood-207 St and Howard Beach/Far Rockaway.

Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St. Transfer between shuttle buses and A trains at 80 St.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 17, to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 18 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19, Norwood-205 St bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E  trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

E

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, April 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, Jamaica Center- Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av and Van Wyck Blvd. To 75 Av, take the E to Union Tpke and transfer to a Manhattan-bound E or F. To Van Wyck Blvd, take the E to Jamaica-Van Wyck and transfer to a World Trade Center-bound E. From these stations, take the E or F to Union Tpke or 71 Av and transfer to a Jamaica Center-bound E.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, World Trade Center-bound E trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound J trains run express from Myrtle Av to Broadway Junction.

L

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, L trains are suspended in both directions between 8 Av and Lorimer St.

L service operates between Lorimer St and Rockaway Pkwy.

M service is extended to the 57 St F station, days and evenings.

Free shuttle buses operate between Lorimer St and the Broadway G station, stopping at Bedford Av, Marcy Av J/M, and Hewes St J/M.

Transfer between free shuttle buses and J/M trains at Marcy Av or Hewes St.

Consider using the A or J to from Manhattan via transfer at Broadway Junction or the M  via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.

M14A buses provide alternate service along 14 St between 8 Av and 1 Av, and connect with the J/M at Delancey-Essex Sts station.

M

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday April 18, and 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19, M service is extended to the 57 St F line station.

Q

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

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MTA, DOT scrap plans for Main Street bus-only lane in Kew Gardens Hills


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Rory Lancman's office

Facing community and political opposition, the MTA and the city Department of Transportation slammed the brakes on a proposed dedicated bus lane for the limited Q44 bus line on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills.

The news came during Wednesday night’s meeting of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association. The MTA planned to take one lane in each direction of Main Street to convert the Q44 between Flushing and Jamaica into a Select Bus Service (SBS) route.

Civic leaders and elected officials protested the plans previously, claiming the lost lane of traffic would increase vehicular traffic on Main Street while also depriving both residents and shoppers of valued parking space.

“A dedicated bus-only lane in Kew Gardens Hills was always the wrong choice for our community,” Councilman Rory Lancman said in a press release Thursday. “The proposed bus-only lane would have increased congestion, reduced parking spaces, hurt businesses and diverted cars onto residential streets.”

Lancman, along with Rep. Grace Meng, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and state Senators Joseph Addabbo and Toby Ann Stavisky, praised the MTA and DOT for hearing concerns about the bus lane and ultimately nixing the plan.

According to Lancman, the DOT and MTA will seek other methods to improve traffic flow on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills, including potential street reconfiguration, off-board fare collection and re-synchronizing traffic lights.

A source familiar with the plan indicated a bus-only lane is most likely for areas of Main Street north of the Long Island Expressway. However, it is not likely a bus lane would be created on Main Street south of Kew Gardens Hills due to a lack of street space.

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Subway service changes to affect 12 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

6

At all times until spring 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.

For Service To/From Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

For Service To/From Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6

From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, April 11 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to Mets-Willets Point.  For service to 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, and 52 St, take the Flushing-Main St bound 7 to 61 St-Woodside and transfer to a 42 St-Times Sq bound 7.  From these stations, take a 42 St-Times Sq bound 7 train to Junction Blvd, 61 St-Woodside, or Queensboro Plaza and transfer to a Flushing-Main St bound 7.

A  

At all times until summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

For Service To this station take the Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

For Service From this station take a Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St.

E  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn St to Canal St.

F  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Avenue U.

F  

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer J trains run express from Myrtle Av to Broadway Junction.

M

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday April 11, and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, M service is extended to the Chambers St J station.  After Essex St, M service is rerouted via the J line to Chambers St, making stops at Bowery and Canal St.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains skip 49 St.

N

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 10 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, April 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains skip 49 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 49 St.

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Pol calls for cleanup at Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder's office

BY ANGELA MATUA

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder wants the MTA to do some spring cleaning at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Goldfeder wrote a letter to the MTA Bridges and Tunnels calling on the agency to clean up a blighted parking lot located on the Rockaway side of the Cross Bay Bridge linking Broad Channel with the Rockaway Peninsula.

“We’re only months away from the summer season and this parking lot is filled with trash and debris,” Goldfeder said. “Millions of beachgoers will pass over Cross Bay Bridge and see this eyesore. It’s time the MTA clean this lot and turn it into an entrance to Rockaway that our community can be proud of.”

In his letter to MTA Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara, Goldfeder said that the parking lot located between Cross Bay Parkway and Beach 94th Street is filled with trash and broken tree branches. He also noted there was rust on the metal fence surrounding the lot and cracks in the sidewalk and pavement where tall weeds have begun to grow.

The bridge is one of only three access points to the Rockaway Peninsula for millions of tourists. In 2014, more than four million people visited the popular beachfront, according to the NYC Parks Department. Thousands of these visitors use the Cross Bay Bridge and drive by the blighted parking lot to access the beach, with many more passing above the lot on the nearby elevated A train line.

The Cross Bay Bridge opened to traffic in 1970 and serves approximately 22,000 vehicles per day, with traffic increasing during the busy summer months.

“Given its location at the entrance to the peninsula, this lot is really Rockaway’s ‘welcome mat,'” Goldfeder said. “It’s time for some spring cleaning.”

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Disabled 7 train disrupts morning service between Queens and Manhattan


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

File photo

Updated 10:49 a.m.

Service on the 7 line between Long Island City and Manhattan has been restored with delays after a two-hour disruption due to a disabled train, according to the MTA.

Sources said train crews reported a smoke condition on a 7 train near Grand Central Station at about 8:34 a.m., causing the train to stop between stations.

Upon further investigation, MTA workers determined that the smoke emanated from a contact shoe touching the third rail, which powers the train.

Power was turned off, and the MTA dispatched a rescue train to get all passengers safely off the disabled train and sent to Grand Central Station, an MTA spokesperson said.

All 7 train service between Hunters Point Avenue and Grand Central was halted as crews worked to remove the passengers and resolve the situation. According to the MTA’s website, at 10:32 a.m. 7 line service was restored, but with delays in both directions.

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, Van Cortlandt Park-242 St bound 1 trains run express from Chambers St to 14 St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, April 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, Wakefield-241 St bound 2 trains run express from Chambers St to 14 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 5to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, New Lots Av-bound 4  trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

6

At all times until spring 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.

• For Service To/From Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

• For Service To/From Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, Pelham Bay Park bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

A

At all times until summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

• For Service To this station take the Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

• For Service From this station take a Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, Brooklyn-bound bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 4 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 5, Norwood-205 St bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn St to Canal St.

E

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, World Trade Center-bound E trains run local Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza. Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer bound E trains run local from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge and Forest Hills-71 Av bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Av.

M  

From 6:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday April 4, and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, M service is extended to the Chambers St J station. After Essex St, M service is rerouted via the J line to Chambers St, making stops at Bowery and Canal St.

N  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, N trains are rerouted via the R line in both directions between Canal St and 59 St in Brooklyn.

N  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, N trains are suspended in both directions between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza. Take the 7 or Q instead. N trains operate in two sections:

• Between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Times Sq-42 St. Trains run local in both directions via the R line between 59 St, Brooklyn and Canal St.

• Between Queensboro Plaza and Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

• For service between Queens and Manhattan, take the 7 and transfer between trains at Times Sq-42 St and/or Queensboro Plaza.

• For service to/from 49 St and 57 St-7 Av, take the Q.

• For service to/from 5 Av/59 St and Lexington Av/59 St, use the nearby 59 St 4 5 6 station. Transfer with the 7 at Grand Central-42 St or the N at 14 St-Union Sq.

Q  

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, Q trains run local in both directions between 57 St-7Av and Canal St. R From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, R trains are rerouted via the D line between DeKalb Av and B’Way-Lafyette St, and via the M between B’Way-Lafyette St and Queens Plaza.

• N  trains will make all R  station stops between DeKalb Av and Times Sq-42 St. Q  trains make all R  station stops between Canal St and 57 St-7 Av. Transfer between N Q  and R  trains at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr or 34 St-Herald Sq.

• Transfer between R and F trains at 34 St-Herald Sq or Roosevelt Av. For R stations along Broadway, use nearby stations along 6 Av instead.

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Subway service changes to affect 18 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, South Ferry-bound 1  trains run express from 137 St to 96 St. For service to 125 St, 116 St, 110 St, and 103 St, take the 1 to 96 St and transfer to an uptown 1 . For service from these stations, take a 1 to 137 St or 168 St and transfer to a downtown 1.

1

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, South Ferry-bound 1  trains run express from Van Cortlandt Park-242 St to 215 St. For service to 238 St, 231 St, and 225 St, take the Bx9 bus instead. From 238 St, walk or take the Bx9 bus to 242 St and transfer to a South Ferry-bound 1 train.

1

From 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 1 trains run every 16 minutes between 137 St and 242 St. The last stop for some 1 trains headed toward Van Cortlandt Park-242 St is 137 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 137 St to a Van Cortlandt Park-242 St-bound 1.

2

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2 trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Penn Station and Chambers St.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 3 trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Penn Station Chambers St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, March 29, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Woodlawn-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Grand Central-42 St days and evenings only. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St. Bowling Green-bound 5  trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall due to MOW track maintenance at 14 St-Union Sq.

6

At all times until spring 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.

• For Service To/From Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

• For Service To/From Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester.

7

From 2:15 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, 7 trains are suspended in both directions between Times Sq-42 St and Hunters Point Av.

• Use E F N and Q trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. The 42 Street S Shuttle operates overnight.

• Free shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza, stopping at Hunters Point Av, Court Sq, and Queens Plaza.

A

At all times until summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

• For Service To this station take the Far Rockaway-bound   to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

• For Service From this station take a Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, A  trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St. Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A  trains skip 88 St.

• For service to 88 St, take the A to 80 St and transfer to free shuttle buses.

• For service from 88 St toward the Rockaways, take a Brooklyn-bound A to 80 St and transfer to a Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A .

• A service operates between Inwood-207 St and Howard Beach/Far Rockaway.

• Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St. Transfer between shuttle buses and A trains at 80 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 29, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, D  trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 34 St-Herald Sq.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 29, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run local from 36 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer bound E trains run express from Canal St to 34 St-Penn St. Uptown E trains skip Spring St, 23 St and 50 St.

E

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, WTC-bound E trains run local Forest Hills-71 Av to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av.

F

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

J

From 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 30, J  trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Chambers St. 4 6 F  trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

• J service operates between Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer and Hewes St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Hewes St and/or Essex St.

• For direct service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, consider using the A C  or L  via transfer at Broadway Junction.

M

From 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St. J L  trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

• M service operates between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av. Use the J for service between Myrtle Av and Hewes St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. Transfer between J  and M  trains at Myrtle Av. Transfer between J  trains and free shuttle buses at Hewes St.

• For direct service to/from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 29, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Manhattan-bound N trains run express from 36 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

Q

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28 and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

Q

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 27 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 29, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, R trains are suspended in both directions between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from 36 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

S 42nd St Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday to Monday, March 28 to March 30, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

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Repairs to disrupt service on E, F, M, R lines in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

The MTA’s Fastrack late-night repair and maintenance program will return to the E, F, M and R lines in Manhattan and Queens the next two weeks, causing disruptions on all four subway lines.

The disruptions will take place on four consecutive weeknights this upcoming week from Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2; and the following week from Monday, April 6 through early Friday morning, April 10, at the same time. All service changes will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning.

During the disruptions, E trains will only operate in Queens between Jamaica Center and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue. Meanwhile, F trains will operate in two sections: between Jamaica-179th Street and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue; and between 21st Street-Queensbridge and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.

M trains will end service early between Essex Street in Lower Manhattan and Forest Hills-71 Avenue. During the disruptions, M trains will operate shuttle service between Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and Myrtle Avenue-Broadway in Bushwick.

R trains will end service early between 36th Street in Brooklyn and Forest Hills-71 Avenue. The trains will operate shuttle service in Brooklyn only between 36th Street and 95th Street.

For alternate service between Manhattan and Queens, take the 7 train, available at the 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue or Queensboro Plaza station. The N train is also available at Queensboro Plaza.

Free shuttle buses will also operate in place of trains in Queens between Queensboro Plaza and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue, stopping at all affected stations including Queens Plaza, 36th Street, Steinway Street, 46th Street, Northern Boulevard and 65th Street.

The MTA previously disrupted service on the Queens Boulevard local and express lines in November for Fastrack maintenance. Crews cleaned debris and made repairs to station and tunnel infrastructures, signal equipment, tracks and the third rail.

Visit the MTA’s website for additional information and updates.

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Plans for tallest Queens building move forward as MTA sells development rights


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Google Maps

The MTA board voted Wednesday to transfer unused development rights from a Queens site it owns for $56 million to a firm that plans to construct the largest building in the borough, according to published reports.

Developer Property Markets Group filed to construct a 70-story, 930-apartment building at 29-37 41st Ave.  on March 11. But current zoning at the site wouldn’t allow for such a large project.

However, the MTA will transfer 478,000 square feet from a lot at Northern Boulevard and 40th Road to the developer, which will allow the firm to build up to 77 stories on the lot, according to DNAInfo. The sale is expected to be completed soon.

Property Markets Group also purchased the Long Island City clock tower building adjoining the development site for $30 million last year.

Construction plans have yet to be released for the clock tower, but the city is considering landmarking the building.

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Street Talk: With the MTA raising fares, what kind of service improvements would you want the MTA to make?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

BY ROSS BELSKY 

Samu Li

“I don’t have any expectations because nothing changed after past price increases.”
Samu Li

Brandon Jolly

“The frequency of buses, especially the Q31. They should make the last scheduled bus after midnight, especially on the weekends.”
Brandon Jolly

Laura Cunningham

“I think they should raise the price for longer rides only, not if I’m going one or two stops.”
Laura Cunningham

Mike Giuliano

“I think any ride is worth $2.75.”
Mike Giuliano

Mary Rodriguez

“The punctuality needs drastic improvement.”
Mary Rodriguez

Lou Cattaruzza

“Mass transit is a good value as it is compared to the polluting alternatives that the rich rely on.”
Lou Cattaruzza

Mimi Ortiz

“Bigger train cars. They are way too crowded.”
Mimi Ortiz

Gabriel Fernandez

“More comfortable seats and garbage disposals.”
Gabriel Fernandez

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L train riders fed up with delays, look to Cuomo for help


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Service problems along one subway line serving Ridgewood has some riders asking, “What the L?”

In recent weeks, the L train has suffered from hour-long delays, overcrowded platforms and other service problems. Riders Alliance member Alexis Saba shared her experience with transit delays. “On [March 17], I waited forever on the L train before we actually left,” she said. “When we finally left, the train crawled to Bedford, and were told that a rail was out and that Bedford was the last stop—and I couldn’t physically get out of the Bedford station due to the crowds.”

The Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization of public transportation riders that pushes for better service and affordable rates, has invited disgruntled subway riders to visit its website and share their “subway horror stories.” As previously reported, the organization plans to present the horror stories to Governor Andrew Cuomo in hopes of enticing him and members of the state Legislature to fully fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) five-year capital plan.

Delays like this are nothing new for the MTA. According to the Riders Alliance, in February, the MTA NYC Transit and Bus Committee Meeting Report showed that subway delays had increased 45.6 percent from 2013 to 2014. With the most recent MTA rate hike, riders are now paying $2.75 for a single fare and $116.50 for a monthly Metrocard, and they are getting worse service, the Riders Alliance charged.

“What we’re hearing from riders is that they feel like we’re paying more and more for less and less,” Deputy Director for the Riders Alliance Nick Sifuentes said.

The MTA’s capital plan of $32 billion will build, repair, maintain and enhance current MTA infrastructure. But the plan faces a $15 billion shortfall, and if this gap is not filled, it will result in increased transit fares, further reductions in service and more repair issues in coming years, the Riders Alliance believes.

“I know the L train horror stories all too well,” state Senator Martin Malave Dilan said. “Frustrated riders write or call my office frequently, some send photos of overcrowded platforms with lines running up the stairs and riders dangerously close to spilling over onto the tracks.”

“The current budget proposal leaves the MTA unable to address these and many issues,” he added. “The MTA capital plan is $15 billion in the red. This year’s proposed $1.6 billion capital allocation will have little effect and the Senate majority’s proposal to reduce it only makes matters worse. It’s irresponsible to ignore these shortfalls. For the daily commuters on the L, it’s inconceivable.”

John Maier, co-chair of the Public Transportation Committee of Community Board 5, feels that “We are at a funding crisis.” With little funding from the government, all expenses have to be paid by the commuter. “Something needs to change,” he continued. “The system needs a lot of help.”

The city’s budget plan is due on April 1, so commuters, elected officials and the MTA must wait to see if any additional funding will be funnelled in to seal the $15 billion gap in the MTA’s budget plan.

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Design chosen for Woodhaven/Cross Bay Select Bus Service


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by  Salvatore Licata

Updated Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Things are about to get more rapid for commuters on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards.

The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled Tuesday afternoon its Select Bus Service (SBS) bus rapid transit (BRT) system along the congested corridor between Elmhurst and the Rockaways. The proposal would transform the roadway into a “transit-oriented boulevard,” with designated bus lanes in the main roadway and special bus stops featuring shelters, seating and real-time bus information constructed at major intersections.

According to the DOT, the concept is based on the limited Q52 and Q53 bus lines that currently operate on the boulevard and shuttle 30,000 daily passengers between the Rockaway Peninsula and Elmhurst (where the Q52 terminates) or Woodside (where the Q53 ends). Studies found that 43 percent of residents in central Queens and the Rockaways do not own a car, and 60 percent of all residents rely on public transportation.

A rendering of a Select Bus Service station on Woodhaven Boulevard at Metropolitan Avenue on the Glendale/Rego Park border. (photo courtesy NYC DOT)

A rendering of a Select Bus Service station on Woodhaven Boulevard at Metropolitan Avenue on the Glendale/Rego Park border. (photo courtesy NYC DOT)

“This is the kind of ambitious overhaul new York City’s bus riders deserve,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “It means safer streets that save lives. And it means that communities from the Rockaways to Elmhurst that have long been underserved by public transit will see real improvements in their daily commute.”

“Queens deserves better public transit and we’re excited to bring this innovative design for Bus Rapid Transit to move New Yorkers efficiently while at the same time making the streets safer for all,” added DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

The plans were unveiled days after Sen. Charles Schumer requested up to $100 million in federal funding to get the job done. In a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Schumer requested the funds through the Federal New Starts Program, claiming that the streamlined limited stop service on the corridor between Elmhurst and Ozone Park is critical toward improving both traffic flow and public safety. If approved, the request would cover half of the BRT project’s projected $200 million cost.

“The Woodhaven Boulevard corridor has long suffered from a lack of adequate transit options and the city’s innovative and exciting Woodhaven Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit plan can be just what the doctor ordered for long-suffering transit riders from the Rockaways to Howard Beach, [from] Woodhaven to Woodside,” Schumer said. “This Bus Rapid Transit plan can turn this corridor from a transportation desert to a transportation oasis for tens of thousands of Queens residents, and also be a boon for local property value and area businesses.”

Presently, more than 31,000 people each day travel on various local, express and limited-stop bus lines along the boulevards, which the DOT previously identified among the most dangerous roads in the city. Seventeen people were killed and more than 3,000 people were injured in accidents along Woodhaven Boulevard alone between 2008 and 2012, according to the DOT.

In recent years, the DOT created Select Bus Service (SBS) BRT lines in other parts of the city, such as Pelham Parkway in the Bronx. The seven SBS routes, Schumer stated, contributed to travel time reductions of between 15 and 23 percent and also sparked “significant ridership growth, customer satisfaction of over 95 percent and a 20 percent reduction in crashes.”

“The Woodhaven Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit plan has the potential to turn an arduous transit slog into a seamless, predictable and speedy ride that will get Queens transit riders from these neighborhoods to and from work, family and fun in a much more efficient way,” Schumer said.

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MTA to award $236.5M contract to rebuild Queens Midtown Tunnel


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels/Mark Valentin

One of the city’s tunnel systems is expected to get a much-needed face-lift after being heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that the MTA is expected to award a four-year, $236.5 million contract to rebuild the Queens Midtown Tunnel, which since the 2012 hurricane has been operating with temporary repairs. Around 40 percent of the length of tunnel was submerged in 12 million gallons of salt water during the storm.

The contract, which will be completed with Judlau Contracting Inc., was approved by the MTA Bridges and Tunnels Committee on Monday and is expected to be approved by the full MTA board on Wednesday.

“Superstorm Sandy demonstrated the need for our infrastructure to be safer, stronger and more resilient to meet the challenge of extreme weather, and today, we’re taking another important step in that direction,” Cuomo said. “The Queens Midtown Tunnel is a vital part of the transportation network for the entire metropolitan area, and by undertaking this aggressive renovation we can rebuild from the damage caused by Sandy and ensure that it is protected from future storms.”

Work on the tunnel is expected to begin in the summer and will likely result in nighttime and weekend tube and lane closures. A majority of the work is Sandy-related and will also include several capital projects to try to organize the work and minimize the amount of closures impacting traffic.

Some of the Sandy-related repair and restoration work includes replacing the electrical, lighting, communications, monitoring and control systems in the tunnel. Restoration and mitigation work will also be done at the tunnel’s mid-river pump room.

“This investment in the Midtown Tunnel rehabilitation will restore the roadway to its pre-Sandy state while minimizing disruptions and delays and prioritizing the safety of commuters,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney said.

Structural work at the tunnel includes the replacement of catwalks, duct banks, wall tiles, ceiling finishes, polymer panels, curbs and gutters.

The tunnel is also expected to get new roadway LED lighting and clearly marked exit signs, lights and emergency phones.

Capital projects include replacing the fire line system in both tubes, and a complete rehabilitation of the Manhattan Exit Plaza, including the 36th Street ramp where full and partial repairs will be done.

“When Sandy flooded the Queens Midtown Tunnel with millions of gallons of water, our crews worked valiantly to make immediate repairs and get traffic moving again,” said James Ferrara, MTA Bridges and Tunnels president. “Now we need to fully repair the damage and fortify the tunnel to be more resilient for the future.”

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Op-ed: Taking a stand against congestion pricing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE MILLER

Rumors of congestion pricing have been circling since the early days of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, and I want to take a moment to discuss reasons for my opposition to the congestion pricing plan.

The proposal would implement tolls on all of the city’s free bridges to fill a $15 billion deficit in the MTA’s capital budget. Under the plan, seven bridges will get lower tolls and drivers on the city’s free bridges would pay $5.54 each way with E-ZPass. However, as New Yorkers, we are entirely too intelligent to believe that tolls would be added to the East River crossings and not be subjected to the constant increases that the other bridges currently face.

It seems that every time we cross these bridges or tunnels that have existing tolls, the tolls have increased 50 cents here or a dollar there. Hardworking New Yorkers already pay enough in taxes and the ever-growing fares for the subways and buses make it difficult for the average citizen to even travel to and from work.

Practically speaking, the congestion pricing would add just another tax on the already over-burdened small businesses throughout New York City that rely on these crossings for deliveries.
Let me make the most obvious argument I can: If a delivery company that delivers to our local small business now faces additional tolls whenever a delivery is to be made, then the cost of deliveries will be increased for the small business owner, which will cause store prices to increase.

Even New Yorkers who do not drive over these bridges will feel the impact of this proposal if implemented.

I stand firm with my constituents and many other New Yorkers that this congestion pricing proposal is a mistake for New York City and should not be implemented. As always, if you have any questions about these laws or any other community issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me at millermg@assembly.state.ny.us or 718-805-0950.

Assemblyman Mike Miller represents the 38th Assembly District, which includes all or parts of Glendale, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood and Woodhaven.

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Community feedback leads to permanent bus service expansion along Vernon Boulevard


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

As they say, ask and you shall receive. Due to an immense amount of support from community members, it will now be easier to access the western Queens waterfront.

The MTA announced on Friday that weekend and increased weeknight service on the Q103 route, which runs down Vernon Boulevard between Astoria and Long Island City, will be permanently added after a successful pilot program started last June.

The service additions made during the experimental program include extending weeknight hours from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and adding service on Saturdays and Sundays from about 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

During a public hearing in December on the increased service, community support was unanimous, according to the MTA.

Local leaders and business owners saw the need to expand the Q103’s service as crucial to the growing neighborhoods, which have seen a rise in new residential developments and expanded cultural attractions.

Some of the cultural spots that the bus serves include the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park.

“I am thrilled the MTA heeded my call to make Q103 service expansion permanent. Western Queens has long needed better bus service, so it is gratifying that the MTA responded to our concerns,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said. “There is so much happening throughout western Queens that our need for better methods of traveling between our neighborhoods has never been more pressing. This service expansion represents a hard-fought victory, but I will never stop fighting for improved transit service in our community.”

The Q103 bus line also serves as the public’s only option to connect areas to subway stations such as the F line at 21 St–Queensbridge and the 7 line at Vernon Blvd–Jackson Av.

During the pilot program, ridership levels increased by 6.8 percent on weekdays compared to the five-month period before the trial, and by 30 percent compared to average weekday use in 2012, the MTA said. Currently weekday ridership is 1,100 customers, the average Saturday ridership is about 300, and on Sundays it is about 250.

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