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Brakes put on Astoria-Ditmars subway noise


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One local politician is putting a stop to train noise.

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. announced Monday that the MTA will be implementing a new technology on every train car on the N and Q subways lines which will help reduce the noise of the air brakes at the lines’ last stop at the Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard station.

“This deafening noise has been scaring little kids, startling our senior citizens and damaging our ear drums for too long,” said Vallone. “We commend the MTA for working to solve this problem and look forward to shopping, working and commuting near the Ditmars stations without having this constant ‘ear-sore’ above our heads.”

Vallone has been fighting since 2012 against the loud noise, caused at the last stop when the conductor applies the emergency brake to allow him or her to walk to the end of the platform and take the train the opposite direction.

Last year, Vallone sent a letter to MTA President Thomas Prendergast calling for action to be taken against the noise from the above ground trains. In response, the MTA had its Car Equipment Division inspect subway and track equipment on the subway line.

Based on the study, which showed the air brakes caused an increase in the surrounding area’s sound level, the MTA will now be installing “noise dampers” on all cars on the N and Q subway lines. This technology will still allow train crews to hear the brakes being applied.

 

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No. 7 subway service disrupted for five weekends this fall, beginning tonight


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Starting October 5, No. 7 line service between Manhattan and Queens will be suspended for five weekends due to planned subway work.

Trains won’t run between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza, from 11:45 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday during the weekends of October 5-8, October 19-22, October 26-29, November 9-12 and November 16-19.

For alternate service between the two boroughs, straphangers can use the “E”,” F”, “N”, “Q” and “S” lines.

The “Q” will be extended to and from Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. during daytime hours and the Manhattan “S” shuttle will run overnight during those weekends. Free shuttle buses will also operate between Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza.

 

Q, 7 rated top subway lines, N, R worst in Queens


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The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign released its fifteenth annual “State of the Subways” Report Card today, and several Queens subway were rated the best in the city.

The report, which profiled 20 subway lines and rated 19, was based on how often they run and breakdown, seat availability, cleanliness and announcements.

The Q, which connects Astoria to midtown Manhattan, was given the highest “MetroCard Rating,” $1.60. Tied for second were the 7 and J/Z lines at $1.55.

It was the first time since 2001 that the Q train topped the list. During rush hour it was rated at or above the system’s average in every category except for how often it runs.

No Queens lines were at the bottom of the list. The lowest rated lines in the borough were the N and R, tied in seventh place with a rating of $1.20. Only 36 percent of N passengers were likely to get a seat during rush hour, compared to 44 percent system wide. The R line’s worse rating was for how many times it broke down.

For the fourth year in a row, the C line, which runs from Washington Heights to East New York, near the Brooklyn/Queens border was dead last at 85 cents.

Overall, the New York City subway system had some slight improvements. Car announcements were up at 3.4 percent and breakdowns improved 1.5 percent. Cleanliness, however, dropped 4 percent.