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Train fatally strikes MTA worker at Astoria subway station


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Wikimedia Commons/Photo by David Shankbone

An MTA worker was killed on the job when a subway train struck him in Astoria early this morning, said the transit agency.

The signal maintainer, identified as 58-year-old Louis Moore of Hollis, was working on the system around 3:20 a.m. when a Parsons-Archer-bound E train entering the 46th Street and Broadway station fatally hit him.

“An intensive investigation into the circumstances of his death is underway, and this incident will be the subject of a formal board of inquiry by the New York City Transit Office of System Safety,” the MTA said in a statement.

This morning’s incident is the first death of a New York City Transit worker on the job since 2010, and the first time a worker was struck and killed by a train since April 2007.

 

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NYC subway, bus ridership highest in over 60 years


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

Total ridership for New York City Transit buses and trains are at their highest in more than 60 years, according to the MTA’s 2012 Ridership data report.

Total annual ridership increased 0.9 percent from 2011, despite a five day span of no service and free fares following Sandy.

Weekend ridership increased 3 percent from 2011, matching its highest ever level achieved back in 1946. Weekday ridership increased 1.8 percent, excluding the five day disruption following Sandy, from 2011, reaching its highest level since 1950.

According to the report, the busiest station in Queens was the Flushing-Main Street stop for the No. 7 train.

For specific data on ridership in different boroughs and stations, click here.

 

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Subway service disruptions on E, F, M, R in Queens this week


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Starting on Monday, March 18, there will be service disruptions on the  E, F, M and R  trains between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m, as part of the MTA’s Fastrack maintenance program. The changes will last until the early morning of Friday, March, 22.

According to the MTA, there will be no service on the E line between Roosevelt Avenue and World Trade Center and no service on the F between Roosevelt Avenue and 21st Street-Queensbridge from 10 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m Friday. Customers may take the 7 or N lines, or free shuttle buses as alternatives. Also, customers coming from Manhattan who normally ride the E or M to Court Square can instead take the 7 instead.

Trains will operate as follows:

E in Queens only between Jamaica Center and 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue

F in two sections:
1. Between 179th Street and Roosevelt Avenue and
2. Between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and 21st Street-Queensbridge.

M service ends early each night and the M shuttle operates between Metropolitan and Myrtle Avenues all night.
R service ends early each night and the R shuttle operates in Brooklyn between 95th Street and 36th Street all night.

As alternatives customers may:

Take the 7 between Manhattan and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue or Queensboro Plaza

Take the N between Manhattan and Queensboro PlazaIn Manhattan, transfer at 5th Avenue/42nd Street-Bryant Park 7, F, Times Square-42nd Street/42nd Street-Port Authority 7, A, and 34th Street-Herald Square F, N

In Manhattan along 8th Avenue, take the A local instead of the E

Take free shuttle buses running LOCAL between Queensboro Plaza and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue making station stops at Queens

Plaza, 36th Street, Steinway Street, 46th Street, Northern Blvd and 65th Street

In Queens, transfer between shuttle buses and trains at 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue 7, E, F or Queensboro Plaza 7, N

 

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MTA to use birth-control bait to control rat population


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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Paul Lowry

The MTA has found a new way to fight rats in the subway system.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the transit agency, working with SenesTech Inc., is launching the first urban trial of a pest-control bait that makes rats permanently infertile.

After trying methods such as poison and eliminating trash cans in subway stations, the MTA is hoping this new method, which has worked in rural areas, will get rid of some of the subway rodents.

But urban rats are picky eaters compared to their rural counterparts and have more food choices, said the Wall Street Journal. For that reason, later this month SenesTech Inc. will start doing taste tests with the rodent birth control to see which flavors and smells are more appealing to the rats.

 This YouTube video shows a rat running around an A train car last summer.

 

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16 subway lines affected by weekend service changes


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Leonard Wiggins

Due to construction to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems, there will be changes to more than half of the city’s subway lines this weekend, according to the MTA.

1

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, February 23 to 9 p.m. Sunday, February 24, uptown 1 trains skip 225th Street, 231st Street and 238th Street due to track panel installation north of 231st Street.

From 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, the last stop for some uptown 1 trains is 137th Street due to track panel installation north of 231st Street in the Bronx.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25, there are no 2 trains between 3rd Avenue-149th Street and 96th Street due to station work at 149th Street-Grand concourse, track maintenance at 96th Street and tunnel lighting in the Harlem River tube. Downtown 2 trains operate local between 96th Street and Times Square-42nd Street.

Free shuttle buses operate:

Non-stop – Between 96th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street

Local – Between 96th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street

During this time, 2 trains will operate in two sections:

Between 241st Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street

Between 96th Street and Flatbush Avenue

3

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25, 3 service is suspended due to station work at 149th Street-Grand Concourse, track maintenance at 96th Street and tunnel lighting in the Harlem River tube. 2 trains make all 3 station stops between 96th Street and Franklin Avenue. 4 trains make all 3 station stops between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue. Free shuttle bus operates as a local between 96th Street and 148th Street.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25, 4 service is extended to New Lots Avenue and operates as a local in Brooklyn due to work on the 2, 3, 5 line.

4 (Overnights)

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23,

From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, February 23 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, February 24 and

From 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 24 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25,

Downtown 4 trains run express from 125th Street to Grand Central-42nd Street due to track tie block work near 96th Street and 103rd Street.

5

From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, there are no 5 trains between East 180th Street and 149th Street-Grand Concourse due to station work at 149th Street-Grand Concourse, track maintenance at 96th Street and tunnel lighting in the Harlem River tube.

Free shuttle bus operates across 149th Street between 3rd Avenue-149th Street and 149th Street-Grand Concourse. 5 train service operates in two sections:

Between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street

Between 149th Street-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green (every 20 minutes)

Note: 5 trains from Manhattan skip 138th Street-Grand Concourse, take the 4 instead.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25, downtown 6 trains run express from 125th Street to Grand Central-42nd Street due to track tie block work near 96th Street and 103rd Street.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25 (and the next four weekends), there is no 7 train service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza due to Flushing Line CBTC work. Customers may take the E, N, Q and S (42nd Street shuttle) and free shuttle buses as alternatives.

Use the E, N or Q* between Manhattan and Queens

Free shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza

In Manhattan, the 42nd Street S Shuttle operates overnight

*Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd. (See Q entry for hours of operation.)

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 23 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25, Queens-bound A trains run local from Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts to Utica Avenue due to platform edge and tile work at Utica Avenue.

E (Overnights)

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23,

From 11:15 p.m. Saturday, February 23 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, February 24 and

From 11:15 p.m. Sunday, February 24 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25,

Manhattan-bound E trains run express from Forest Hills-71st Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue due to ADA work at Forest Hills-71st Avenue.

F, G

At all times through first quarter of 2013, F and G trains skip Smith-9th Sts. in both directions due to station rehabilitation. Customers may use the B61 for connections between Smith-9th Sts. station and 4th Avenue-9th Street station, where F, G and R trains are available. Customers may also use the B57 bus for connections between Smith-9th Sts. station and Carroll Street station, where F and G trains are available.

N

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, February 25, Queens-bound N trains run express from Canal Street to 34th Street-Herald Square due to electrical work at 14th Street-Union Square and 34th Street-Herald Square.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, Queens-bound R trains run express from Canal Street to 34th Street-Herald Square due to electrical work at 14th Street-Union Square and 34th Street-Herald Square.

From 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Forest Hills-71st Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue due to ADA work at Forest Hills-71st Avenue.

Q

From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, February 23 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 24, Q trains are extended to Ditmars Blvd. in order to augment service between Manhattan and Queens.

S (42nd Street Shuttle) (Overnights)

From 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, February 23, Sunday, February 24, Monday, February 25, and Monday, February 25, 42nd Street S shuttle operates overnight due to weekend work on the 7 line.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 48. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night: Clear. Low of 36. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Indians in the Caribbean

A photographic exhibition of arts, culture and nation building (1900-1950) at the Rajkumari Cultural Center in Richmond Hill, Indians in the Caribbean shows the life of arts and culture, scholarship and commerce, politics and civics in countries like Guyana, Suriname and Caribbean Islands like Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rockaway beaches to open Memorial Day weekend: officials
Residents in the Sandy-ravaged Rockaways packed into a community board meeting Tuesday night to discuss the future of their wrecked boardwalk. Read more: NBC New York

Park advocates slam U.S. Tennis Association expansion plan

Park advocates aren’t showing much love to a plan for a $500 million expansion of a premiere tennis center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo to press for wider curbs on gun access

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, pushing New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., plans on Wednesday to propose one of the country’s most restrictive bans on assault weapons. Read more: New York Times 

Quinn brushes off report that Bloomberg is eyeing other mayoral candidates

For some time now, it was unquestioned that New York City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would have the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But that’s not a sure thing, according to a report. Read more: CBS New York 

More anti-Muslim ads go up in NYC subways

The group that equated Muslim radicals with savages in advertisements last year has put up another set of provocative ads in dozens of New York City subway stations. Read more: Wall Street Journal 

Brooklyn Nets player questioned in Philly sex assault claim

Philadelphia police are investigating reports of a sexual assault that may have involved a Brooklyn Nets team member. Read more: NY1 

2012 was hottest year on record in U.S., climate agency says

The year 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States, beating the previous record by a full degree in temperature, a government climate agency said on Tuesday. Read more: Reuters

Weeknight subway closures expand to Queens


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Photo courtesy of Flickr/MTA

Starting next month, some late night subway riders will need to find alternate forms of transportation, the MTA announced Monday.

The MTA’s Fastrack program, which temporality suspends parts of the subway from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights for track, tunnel and station maintenance, will affect several lines in Queens and other parts of the city.

Each of the following corridors will shut down for four consecutive weeknights:

  • “N,” “Q” and “R” lines south of Queensboro Plaza to Court Street in Brooklyn
  • “E,” “F,” “M” and “R” lines between 5th Avenue/53rd Street in Manhattan and Roosevelt Avenue
  •  “A” line between 168th Street and 207th Street in Upper Manhattan
  •  “D” line between 161st Street and 205th Street in the Bronx
  •  “6” line between 45th Street and 100th Street in Manhttan
  •  “4” and “5″ lines between 45th Street and 100th Street in Manhattan

The first corridor slated for maintenance is the “D” line in the Bronx on January 14, followed by the N,” “Q” and “R” trains south of Queensboro Plaza to Court Street on January 28.

The MTA decided to continue with the Fastrack program, which began last January, because of its increase in productivity, and reduction in track fires, delays and incidents.

“Over the past year we have found this to be an extremely effective way to maintain a subway system that operates around the clock, seven days a week,” said New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast. “We have seen concrete benefits in the way the system is being maintained through Fastrack and we are now ready to roll it out to other line segments.”

 

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.

 

MTA finances stable, says state comptroller


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Today New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released a report discussing the MTA’s financial condition and outlook.

Reviewing the MTA’s financial plan for 2012 to 2016, which was released in July, DiNapoli was overall pleased with the transit agency’s strengthening financial state, but said it was facing several challenges.

“Ridership is rising and the MTA’s finances are stabilizing, but there are areas of concern,” DiNapoli said. “The pace of the economic recovery, litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Payroll Mobility Tax, collective bargaining and funding for the next capital program could all affect the budget.  Fare and toll hikes continue to outpace inflation, placing a burden on working men and women across the metropolitan region.”

According to the financial plan, if the MTA raises fares and tolls by 7 percent in 2013, as is expected, and does so again in 2015, those increases would be three times the estimated rate of inflation, and 35 percent higher than 2007.

Those increases will be largely responsible for closing the MTA’s budget gap, which the agency projects will be $487 million next year and reach $1.4 billion by 2016.

Ridership is already in the billions. In 2011, 1.64 billion rode the subway, the highest level since 1950.

But LIRR ridership is still below its 2008 peak of 87.4 million.

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT of the DAY: CPR for Everyone

Learn how to recognize the signs of a cardiac emergency and get a hands-on demonstration of basic resuscitation techniques from registered EMTs with years of experience with the New York City Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services. This program is presented in partnership with the FDNY. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Stray bullet fired wildly by singing thug hits teen doing homework in apartment

A Queens teenager who got up before dawn Sunday to do her homework was injured by a stray bullet fired by a singing thug, police and witnesses said. Read more: New York Daily News

Pedestrian killed in Queens

The NYPD says a pedestrian was struck and killed by a BMW at an intersection in Queens. Police say the operator of the car was traveling southbound on Cross Bay Boulevard when he struck the male pedestrian crossing from the west side of the street. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Two Queens community colleges fight CUNY changes

The English departments at two Queens community colleges are fighting CUNY’s efforts to reduce their four-hour introductory writing classes to three hours. Read more: New York Daily News

Cops winning underground war

An NYPD anti-crime initiative on trouble-prone Bronx and Queens subway lines resulted in a 20 percent reduction in major felonies — and now it will be expanded citywide. Read more: New York Post

Occupy Wall Street protestor suing NYPD over alleged pepper spray incident

A woman who was pepper sprayed during an Occupy Wall Street protest last year has filed a civil suit against the New York Police Department and the officer involved. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Obama set to address UN General Assembly

Campaign politics shadowing every word, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will challenge the world to confront the root causes of rage exploding across the Muslim world, calling it a defining choice “between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common.” Read more: ABC New York/AP

Man exposes himself to woman on “M” train


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman sitting on a Queens bound subway, said police.

The suspect committed the act around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 14 aboard the “M” train at the Grand Avenue stop in Elmhurst.

He is described as 5’7” tall and was last seen wearing a red shirt, dark pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.