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Subway service changes to affect 16 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, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St.  A C trains, M3, and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

3

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 14, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St.  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.

6

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5 until February 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 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park.  The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.

6  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Times Sq-42 St bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway.

A

At all times until September 2014, Far Rockaway/Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 88 St, and Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.

For Service To/From 88 St:  To 88 St, take the A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.  From 88 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A to 80 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

For Service To/From 104 St:  To 104 St, take the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A .  From 104 St, take the Q112 bus. Or, take the A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train.

A  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A trains skip 111 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Queens-bound A  trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, D trains are suspended between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq.  Take the F N Q R , or special shuttle train instead.

E

At all times from 12:15 p.m. Saturday, September 13 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound E  trains skip Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

E

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica Center- Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av.

F

At all times from 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av.

F

From 6:45 p.m. Saturday, September 13 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Sts.

G

From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, Court Sq-bound G trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park and 4 Av-9 St.

N

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, N  trains run local in Brooklyn, stopping at DeKalb Av.

Q

From 10:30 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15 Q trains are suspended between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Prospect Park. D F N trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Express between Stillwell Av and Prospect Park, stopping at West 8 St, Ocean Pkwy, Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Neck Rd, Avenue U, Kings Hwy, and Flatbush Av.

Local between Prospect Park and Kings Hwy, stopping at Parkside Av, Church Av, Beverley Rd, Cortelyou Rd, Newkirk Plaza, Avenue H, Avenue J, and Avenue M.

R

From 6:30 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 12:15 a.m. Monday, September 14, Bay Ridge-95 St-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71.

R

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn.  Take the N instead.

N, R (Montague Tubes Closed)

There are currently no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

No N or R trains in either direction at Jay Street-MetroTech, Court Street, Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street and City Hall.  Late night R shuttle in Brooklyn is unaffected.

New legislation to protect Astoria school from ‘disruptive’ subway noise


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of one Astoria school, located about 50 feet away from a subway platform, are hoping a new proposed bill will help bring “peaceful learning.”

The community at P.S. 85 is met daily with noise problems caused by the N and Q elevated subway line, which shakes windows and disrupts lessons, according to parents and teachers. 

Looking to bring a stop to the noise pollution, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley announced on Monday the Peaceful Learning Act of 2014, new legislation that would require the formation of a program to lessen railway noise levels that “negatively impact” public schools in the city. 

“As another school year begins, it is unconscionable that so many children whose schools are located near elevated trains are forced to learn under these adverse conditions,” said Crowley. “If we are serious about helping our children reach their full potential, providing an adequate and peaceful learning environment is priority number one.” 

During the morning announcement, speakers were interrupted by trains passing by in front of the school. Teachers, parents and elected officials held up two fingers, a gesture used daily to pause school lectures every time a train passes.

During rush hour trains pass by every two minutes and during normal hours, every five minutes, according to officials.

The proposed federal bill will direct the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the impact of the subway noise on schools, determine acceptable ideas and evaluate the usefulness of noise reduction programs, according to the congressman.

Then schools that would be considered subject to unacceptable noise levels will be qualified to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, together with local matching funds, to build barriers or acoustical shielding to soundproof the sites.

Last December, the P.S. 85 community and elected officials rallied to call on the MTA and Department of Education to help alleviate the noise problems.

“This cannot go on any longer. This school has been here for over a hundred years, trains came after, and the school has adjusted,” said Evie Hantzopoulos, vice president of the parent association at P.S. 85. “Our kids go with it, our teachers go with it. And we all know we shouldn’t get used to things that are bad for you.”

Rebecca Bratspies, who is director of the City University of New York School of Law Center for Urban Environmental Reform and also the parent of a third grader at P.S. 85, said last fall she and another parent, Eric Black, recorded a video from inside the classroom to show the level of noise students face. 

While they recorded, the parents measured the noise level in the classroom to be 90 decibels, almost double the normal standard. 

“[The children] come here every day trying hard to learn. They do their best,” said Bratspies. “Now we have to do our best.”

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Queens straphangers planning to sue over Woodside subway derailment: report


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Photo courtesy of MTA / Patrick Cashin


Several passengers who were on the subway train that derailed in Woodside this May are planning on suing the city for millions, claiming the accident left them traumatized and injured, according to a published report.

Queens resident Monifah Kidd filed a notice of claim shortly after the derailment, saying she still suffers from nightmares, the New York Post said. Kidd, who is planning to sue for $5 million, is also reportedly claiming she was left with permanent neck, back and head injuries.

A total of 29 people have filed notices of claim so far, the Post reported.

Those claimants also include a Little Neck lawyer who suffers from neck, back, leg and arm pain, and another Queens resident who claims she was left disabled and is planning to sue for $10 million, the Post said.

A Hunter College student from Queens filed a notice of claim last month, according to published reports, after the subway accident left her with panic attacks.

In the May 2 derailment, 19 people were hurt when the six center cars of an eight-car F train went off the express track near 65th Street and Broadway. Of those hurt, 15 suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital.

 

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Police looking for man who exposed himself on Queens-bound E train


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Photo courtesy of NYPD


A straphanger exposed himself to a woman on an E train as it was approaching a stop in Richmond Hill on Tuesday morning, cops said.

The Queens-bound train was about to enter the station around 10:30 a.m. when the 48-year-old woman noticed the man sitting in front of her and committing the lewd act, police said. After arriving at the Jamaica-Van Wyck stop, the man fled.

Police describe the suspect as black, about 35 to 40 years old and around 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black hat, and a black and white spotted button-down shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Weekend bus trial to expand service along Vernon Boulevard


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The western Queens waterfront will soon get a taste of extended bus service.

The Q103 bus line, which connects Astoria and Long Island City via Vernon Boulevard, will begin offering service to riders on weekends starting in June, according to the MTA.

The weekend schedule will serve as a trial program for the transit agency to receive comments from the community at an MTA public hearing to be scheduled at a later date. After the public hearing, a decision will be made to keep the service or not, the MTA said. It was not determined how long the trial program would run.

“At long last, weekend service on the Q103 bus line is in sight,” said State Sen. Michael Gianaris, who has been calling for the extra service on the bus line since 2011. “The need for more public transportation in our area will only continue to grow, especially on weekends, as more people flock to our waterfront to visit our restaurants, parks and cultural institutions.”

The weekend service will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and, in addition, the Q103 will also extend its weekday service hours until 9 p.m., instead of 7:30 p.m. The travel path and bus stops will not be affected, according to the MTA.

“The expansion of service will not only benefit the increasing amount of riders but it will also give our growing cultural institutions that ability to generate more traffic to their venues,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Local leaders and business owners see the need to expand the Q103’s service as crucial to the growing neighborhoods, with the increase of new residential towers coming into the areas bringing more people.

According to officials, the Q103 ridership has been increasing in the past years, rising from 558 riders per day in 2011 to about 790 in 2014.

“The Q103 service is a vital link for the cultural organizations of western Queens,” said Jenny Dixon, director of The Noguchi Museum. “It enables visitors to go from The Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park in the north to SculptureCenter, MoMA PS1, Dorsky Gallery and the Chocolate Factory to the south.”

 

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Man stabbed in face at Kew Gardens subway station


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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

A man was stabbed in the face during a dispute at a Kew Gardens subway stop Sunday afternoon, cops said.

The argument took place on the Union Turnpike station’s E train platform at about 2:15 p.m., according to police.

After the suspect stabbed the man, he fled and boarded a bus. Police stopped the bus, but he took off again on foot, cops said. The NYPD, using its canine unit, was eventually able to track the 35-year-old suspect to a backyard, and apprehend him.

The 26-year-old victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, according to officials.

 

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Suspect punches, steals phone from 15-year-old on Queens subway


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Cops are looking for a suspect who swiped an iPhone from a teen boy before punching him on a Queens subway train last month.

The robbery took place about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 aboard a southbound No. 7 train at the Flushing-Main Street station, police said.

The suspect approached the 15-year-old, grabbed the cell phone from his hand, punched him in the face and fled, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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MTA to expand trash can removal pilot to 29 more subway stations


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THE COURIER/Cristabelle Tumola

The MTA is taking out trash cans from more subway stations after an ongoing pilot program has shown that removing them helps alleviate garbage problems.

In the fall of 2011, trash cans were removed from the Flushing-Main Street No. 7 line and Manhattan 8th Street R line stations. After positive results from those two locations, the MTA decided to add two stations each in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan to the pilot, starting in September 2012.

In Queens, those stations included the A line’s 111th Street stop and the 65th Street station of the M/R line.

The cans removed during the initial pilot reduced the number of trash bags by 67 percent at Main Street and 50 percent at 8th Street, according to the MTA. Also, the stations were cleaner and there wasn’t an increase in track fires.

Following the fall 2012 expansion, there was a 66 percent reduction in the number of bags collected, moderate to heavy litter levels decreased and the rodent population either decreased or was unchanged.

The MTA is now expanding the trash can removal pilot to 29 stations along the J and M lines.

“The results have been for the most part very positive and we have seen some behavioral changes by riders,” said Department of Subways, SVP Joe Leader.  “We will expand the pilot to stations between Broad Street and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer in order to gauge the impact along an entire line segment.”

Each day, about 40 tons of trash is removed from the subway system, collected from more than 3,500 trash receptacles, according to the MTA. Despite more frequent bag removal, reinforced trash storage rooms and temper-proof cans, garbage still piles up, attracting rats and landing on train tracks, causing fires. The MTA started the pilot “in an effort to guide customers to take with them any disposables that they carry into the system.”

Commuters heading to work and the free papers handed out at subway stops may be a large part of the trash problem, according to a 2008 analysis of about 75,000 pounds of subway station garbage, which showed that the most common item thrown out at subway stations was newspapers, at 44 percent.

Though trash is an issue, a 2011 Straphangers Campaign subway platform survey found that garbage was not the biggest problem at subway stations. Observing 250 subway platforms, surveyors only saw one overflowing trash can and 15 garbage bags; rats were found on 11 percent of platforms. Problems such as broken lighting fixtures, substantial water damage and peeling paint were found at 50 to 79 percent of platforms.

 

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Teen suspects wanted in J train cell phone thefts


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Three teenage robbery suspects have been targeting J train riders in Queens, police said.

The suspects allegedly first tried to rob a 22-year-old man aboard a subway at the 102nd Street and Jamaica Avenue subway station around 2 a.m. on Jan 9. They punched the man in the face, then went through his pockets, but were not able to take anything, cops said.

Three days later, at the 121st Street and Jamaica Avenue subway station, at about 6:40 p.m., they approached a woman on the J train and took her iPhone from her hand and fled on foot, cops said. The victim was not injured.

The trio then stole an iPhone from a 26-year-old woman aboard a J train at the 111th Street and Jamaica Avenue subway station at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 16., the NYPD said. The victim did not suffer any injuries.

Police have released video from the second incident along with a description of the suspects from that robbery.

The suspects are described as three black men in their late teens and approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches. The first suspect was last seen wearing a red winter jacket, dark pants and dark shoes; the second suspect was last seen wearing dark clothing; and the third suspect was last seen wearing a dark winter jacket, a gray or white hooded sweatshirt underneath and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A 16-year-old riding a Queens subway train Thursday was inappropriately touched by a man who then fled after groping her.

The incident occurred about 8 a.m. on a Manhattan-bound No. 7 train at the 74 Street-Broadway/Roosevelt Avenue station in Jackson Heights.

The suspect touched the teen over her clothing in her groin and buttocks area then escaped on foot, police said. The victim did not sustain any physical injuries.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male, 30 to 35 years old and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a tan baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt with a red turtleneck underneath and sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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No. 7 train service suspensions scheduled for 22 weekends in 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

Updated 5:15 p.m.

CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND ANGY ALTAMIRANO

Another year, another round of No. 7 train suspensions.

The subway line will not run in parts of western Queens and Manhattan for over a dozen weekends this year, starting in the end of February, according to a notice from the MTA, again upsetting residents, business owners and local politicians who are fed up with the constant disruptions.

From February through July, there will be 13 weekend suspensions. Those dates are finalized, the transit agency said. There are nine tentative weekend shutdowns scheduled for August through November.

The latest round of work, including continued installation of Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC), replacement of critical track panels and reconstruction inside the Steinway Tube under the East River, is expected to modernize, improve a fortify the Flushing No. 7 line, according to the MTA. The work will also include tunnel duct reconstruction and replacement and improvements on components damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

“We understand that these service disruptions are inconvenient to the customers who depend on the No. 7 train and we appreciate their patience,” said MTA NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco. “We have made every effort to schedule these project simultaneously to get as much work done as we can during these periods.”

All the service suspensions will be in effect from 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, unless otherwise indicated.

There will be no service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza on the following weekends: February 28 -March 3; March 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31; April 11-14; and May 2-5, 16-19.

On the following dates, in addition to no service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza there will be reduced service between 74th Street-Broadway and Queensboro Plaza: May 30-June 2; June 6-8, with service resuming Sunday, June 8 morning for the Puerto Rican Day Parade; June 20-23, 27-30; and July 18-21.

The MTA has also released a tentative service disruption schedule, which is expected to be confirmed with a future update later this year.

The No. 7 Flushing-bound service will run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74th Street-Broadway, with a stop at 61st Street- Woodside on the following weekends: August 22-25; September 19-22; October 3-6, 10-13; and October 17-20, 24-27.

From November 7- 10 there will be no service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza, reduced service between 74th Street-Broadway and Queensboro Plaza, and the Flushing-bound service will run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74th Street-Broadway, with a stop at 61st Street- Woodside.

From November 14-17, 21-24 there will be no service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza, and the Flushing-bound service will run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74th Street-Broadway, with a stop at 61st Street-Woodside.

In addition to these changes, No. 7 train service will be suspended between Mets-Willets Point and Flushing-Main Street between 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 15 and 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, and between 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 22 and 5 a.m. Monday, February 24.

“We have times this vital work to minimize impacts to customers, pedestrians and vehicular traffic, and to avoid dates with high projected ridership,” said Bianco. “This is far more work than can be completed during our overnight FASTRACK program, which was designed to accommodate typical subway maintenance. Work of this scope on the No. 7 line cannot be done overnight and requires more than 48 hours of continuous access to the tube and tracks.”

During the service suspensions, riders will be kept informed through notice and printed brochures, explaining the work and service changes, posted in the subway system, according to the MTA. NYC Transit will also offer a free shuttle bus along all close No. 7 stations.

Service on the N and Q train will be increased and riders could use either train at Queensboro Plaza or the E train at Court Square, according to the MTA. Riders can also transfer to the E, F or R for service to Manhattan at the 74 Street-Broadway station.

The suspensions are nothing new for those who have suffered through them for years.

But the familiarity doesn’t mean locals are not frustrated with the suspensions that have been taking place in the area on a regular basis for well over a decade.

Business owners are tired of potential financial losses and residents are sick of longer commutes.

Last fall, No. 7 train service did not operate between the Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza stations for five weekends.

“Unfortunately we’ve grown accustomed to the MTA screwing Long Island City,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris.

“Businesses are suffering,” he added. “It’s not just the people in LIC, it’s people who are more and more coming to Long Island City.”

Gianaris said his office has suggested numerous “reasonable” alternatives to deal with the problem, for example a shuttle bus through the Queens Midtown Tunnel, but the MTA has refused to consider them and won’t give any answers as to why it won’t.

He will be rallying Friday with local elected officials, business owners and residents to call for a change.

“We’re going to continue to try to make the point to the MTA and the new administration, and hope that the new administration would do something about [the shutdowns],” said Gianaris.

“The multi-year, $550 million capital improvement project to replace the antiquated 50- to 90-year-old signaling system on the No. 7 line with state-of-the-art CBTC technology will continue into 2017,” the MTA said in a press release.

 

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Weekend subway service changes


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 several 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 May 2014, 6 trains skip Middletown Road and Castle Hill Avenue in both directions due to station renewal work.

A

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, A trains are suspended between Broad Channel and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue due to track panel replacement. Far Rockaway-bound A trains are rerouted to Rockaway Park. Free shuttle buses operate between Beach 90th Street and Far Rockaway.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, D trains operate in two sections between Stillwell Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard, and between Bedford Park Blvd and 205th Street due to track maintenance north of Bedford Park Boulevard.

E

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, December 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, E trains are rerouted on the F line in Manhattan and Queens between Roosevelt Ave and W 4 St, due to electrical work. Free shuttle buses operate between Court Square-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge.

S (Rockaway Shuttle)

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, Rockaway Park Shuttle trains are suspended and replaced by A train service due to panel installation.

N, R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there are no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

No N or R trains in either direction at Jay Street-MetroTech, Court Street, Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street and City Hall.

Late night R shuttle in Brooklyn is unaffected.

Woman struck by Queens-bound No. 7 train at Grand Central


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Dschwen

A woman fell into the path of a No. 7 train at Grand Central Station Thursday night after she passed out, police said.

The 32-year-old was waiting for the subway about 9:30 p.m. when she was hit by a Queens-bound train, according to the NYPD.

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, police said.

No. 7 train service had to be suspended between Grand Central and Hunters Point Avenue because of the accident.

 

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