Category Archives: Transportation

Mixed Reviews at First Q52/53 Select Bus Service Public Workshop

Civic leaders, commuters, business owners and residents last Thursday at a public workshop in Ozone Park delivered mixed feedback to city transportation officials on the first round of block-by-block street designs and proposed Q52/53 SBS bus stops for the Woodhaven/Cross Bay boulevards Select Bus Service project. Last month, the Department of Transportation announced that Design Concept 2—a “transit-oriented boulevard” in which buses travel in designated lanes in the main roadway—had been selected out of the three that the agency and … Continue reading

Council Votes to Create Citywide Select Bus Service Plan

With the administration poised to add a Select Bus Service route to the Woodhaven-Cross Bay corridor, the City Council last week voted in favor of developing a citywide SBS plan. Under Introduction 211-A, sponsored by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Lander), the city Department of Transportation would work with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and gather input from the public stakeholders to create a five-borough SBS network, which would be due to the Council no later than Sept. 1, 2017. The plan would … Continue reading

Airports Roundtable Leaves No-Fly Zone

Last week, Port Authority’s Airports Roundtable finally got off the ground at a meeting at Flushing’s York College. After months of debate about the proposed structure of the roundtable, established to bring together concerned parties to address airport noise mitigation and other issues resulting from nearby airports, the group of approximately 100 attendees (three dozen of which were roundtable members representing various community boards, civic groups, and advocacy organizations) came together in earnest under the roof of one roundtable with … Continue reading

‘Serious Concerns’ About City Parking Proposal for Affordable Housing

Members of the Borough Board on Monday evening voiced their concerns about, and in some cases outright opposition to, a Department of City Planning proposal to eliminate or reduce parking requirements for affordable and senior housing. In its “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” presentation, DCP highlighted the need to modernize zoning across the city, one of the main tenets of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year Housing New York plan. Working with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, nonprofit housing … Continue reading

Leaders Call on Congress for More Transportation Money

Mayor Bill de Blasio last Thursday morning joined U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Partnership for New York City President and CEO Kathryn Wylde, and CITY Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on the R train to City Hall for national Stand Up for Transportation Day to call on Congress to pass long-term legislation that increases investment in transit, roads, and bridges. With the federal transportation bill set to expire on May 31, de Blasio and a broad coalition of bipartisan elected … Continue reading

DOT Unveils Woodhaven-Cross Bay Select Bus Service Design Concept

The city Department of Transportation last week unveiled the design concept of main road bus lanes for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards. After DOT and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority developed three SBS concepts, they were presented to the affected communities over the course of a year through meetings, workshops and open houses. Design Concept 2, a “transit-oriented boulevard” where buses travel in designated lanes in the main roadway, was selected. According to DOT, this concept provides … Continue reading

City Says Addabbo Idea Not Ferry Feasible

The de Blasio administration this week poured water on one area elected official’s idea to immediately bring back ferry service to the Rockaways. State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said that while he welcomes Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision of a five-borough ferry system, which is set to hit the seas in 2017, he is “left wondering what the people of the Rockaways will do for this year and 2016. The summer season especially promotes tourism and the local … Continue reading

Schumer Calls for Fed Funds to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Area

If recent statements are any indication, the push to bring Bus Rapid Transit to the Cross Bay-Woodhaven Corridor seems to be gaining momentum. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Borough Board this week included the mass-transit project among its recommendations for adopted budget priorities that were submitted to the mayor and City Council. And last Thursday, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for up to $100 million in federal funding to help bring Bus Rapid Transit to Woodhaven Boulevard. … Continue reading

Schumer Urges FDA to Ban Long-Range Laser Pointers

Following the recent arrest of a Bronx man who allegedly pointed a high-powered laser at multiple aircraft attempting to land and take off from LaGuardia Airport, injuring four pilots, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) last Sunday called on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of the most dangerous, long-range green laser pointers. Schumer, citing health and aviation experts, said that the green versions are especially dangerous because they are more than double the strength of other colored … Continue reading

Roundabout with Airports Roundtable

In an effort to finally get the ball rolling on the NY Airports Roundtable begun nearly a year ago by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the PANYNJ has sent a letter to airport stakeholders outlining a new format and voting structure for the roundtable.  Up to now, there has been much debate on these details, to the point where roundtable meetings (originally established as one per New York/New Jersey airport) have been encumbered by issues of … Continue reading

City to Put $100M into ‘Transforming’ Parts of Queens Blvd.

The de Blasio administration has included $100 million in the Capital Budget to transform Queens Boulevard into a more secure thoroughfare, according to the Department of Transportation. In a City Council hearing last week, DOT officials detailed Vision Zero Great Streets, a $250 million initiative dedicated to changing four high-crash arterial roads in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx to “truly safe streets.” The routes are Queens Boulevard, 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, and the Grand Concourse in the … Continue reading

‘Busy Morning’ at JFK Airport Yields Two Guns

Calling it “an unusually busy morning” on Thursday at the security checkpoints at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration announced that TSA officers detected two guns in the handbags of two women in unrelated incidents—both before 7:15 a.m. A woman from upstate Chatham, NY, was stopped by authorities after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the woman’s handbag. According to the TSA, the woman claimed that … Continue reading

DOT, NYPD Unveil Pedestrian Safety Plan for Queens

Parts of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sweeping Vision Zero program have yet to be completed and rolled out, but on Tuesday the administration unveiled the first of five pivotal VZ pieces: the Queens Borough Pedestrian Safety Plan—characterized by the Department of Transportation and NYPD as “a major step” toward achieving zero traffic fatalities on city streets. The Borough Plans are one of 63 VZ initiatives announced last year, and were developed by integrating detailed crash analysis with input from 28 … Continue reading

City Installs Truck Side Guards for Vision Zero Program

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that the city will begin retrofitting trucks with side guards in 2015 as part of its Vision Zero program. Side guards are rails between the front and rear wheels of a truck that can protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists from being caught under the vehicle in case of a collision with the side of a truck. In the city, trucks are only 3.6 percent of vehicles on the road, but collisions with trucks … Continue reading

MTA Reopens Stations Along Liberty Avenue

It was a sight for sore south Queens straphanger eyes. On Monday morning, following five months of renovation and rehabilitation, A-train customers regained access to the Manhattan-bound sides of the 104th Street and 88th Street stations along the Liberty Avenue line in Ozone Park. The station renewal program is part of a major $39 million capital project that will see the complete overhaul of five stations along the Liberty Avenue A line, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “For these stations, originally opened in the … Continue reading