Category Archives: Transportation

‘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

De Blasio Says Five-Borough Ferry is Coming… in 2017

The good news: Ferry service is coming back to Queens. The bad news: It won’t arrive until 2017. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday used a portion of his State of the City address to detail his administration’s plan for a Five-Borough Ferry System that will “knit together existing East River routes with new landings and services to Astoria, the Rockaways, South Brooklyn, Soundview and the Lower East Side.” De Blasio indicated that a ride on the citywide ferry service … Continue reading

Queens DOT Chief Discusses Issues with Ulrich

Acting city Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Jeff Lynch this week met with City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) to discuss solutions to some of the problems plaguing south Queens and the Rockaways. According to Ulrich, who convened the Monday meeting at his district office on 101st Avenue, Lynch detailed new DOT projects for the Rockaway Beach Boulevard corridor in the Hammels section of the peninsula, and addressed issues concerning repaving, resurfacing, bicycle lanes, and transit safety around area … Continue reading

Number of Guns Detected at Borough Airport Checkpoints Dipped in 2014

While the national numbers saw a significant increase, the amount of firearms detected last year by Transportation Security Administration staff at borough airports actually dropped slightly. In 2014, authorities caught five firearms at John F. Kennedy International Airport checkpoints, down from 10 in 2013. At LaGuardia Airport, two guns were detected all of last year, compared to four in 2013. In fact, the seven airports in the New York City/New Jersey region saw a decrease in the number of firearms … Continue reading

MTA Board Approves Fare and Toll Hike

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board last Thursday voted to increase fares and tolls by 4 percent over the next two years, with the hike scheduled to take effect on March 22. The board approved increasing the base fare for the subway and bus by 25 cents to $2.75, while also more than doubling the bonus amount added to MetroCard purchases of at least one roundtrip. The combination of the increased fare and the increased bonus, an MTA spokesman said, creates … Continue reading

Queens and Linden Boulevards to Get Vision Zero Treatment

  Hoping to build upon the transportation gains of 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio last week announced that comprehensive Vision Zero planning initiatives were on the way for Queens and Linden boulevards. In the first year of de Blasio’s plan to reduce Big Apple traffic deaths to zero, pedestrian fatalities fell to 134, the lowest level since 1910, and overall traffic fatalities were down by 15 percent from 2013. De Blasio attributed part of the success to the city Department … Continue reading

CB 9 Honors Retiring MTA Representative

The members of Community Board 9 on Tuesday night presented Joe Raskin (r.), assistant director of government and community relations at MTA New York City Transit, with an award recognizing him for his work over many years with the board, and congratulating him on his impending retirement. Raskin is also an accomplished photographer and author. His book, “The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City’s Unbuilt Subway System,” was published by Fordham University Press in November 2013.

Port Authority Seeking Public Input on Freight Traffic Congestion Solution

Port Authority representatives on Monday visited the Borough Board in the second-floor conference room at Borough Hall to detail Cross Harbor Freight Program options and encourage input from the public in choosing the best regional solutions for freight-related traffic congestion. The primary purpose of the CHFP, according to the Port Authority and Federal Highway Administration, is to improve the movement of freight across New York Harbor between the east-of-Hudson and west-of-Hudson regions. By improving the movement of goods across the … Continue reading

Schumer to TSA: Change Your Policy!

In the wake of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s recent bust of a major gun smuggling ring, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will this week call on the Transportation Security Administration to immediately implement a national requirement that all airports physically screen airline and airport employees each day before work.  As it stands now, pilots and flight crew pass through metal detectors before work, but most other employees (luggage loaders, cleaning crew, repair workers, and post-security checkpoint attendants included) are exempt … Continue reading

Nassau Expressway in Disrepair for Decades

The Nassau Expressway (Route 878) is a heavily commuted roadway that connects Southwest Nassau to Queens. Every day, approximately 40,000 vehicles travel along the expressway, which results in heavy traffic conditions, especially during rush hour. The roadway also serves as a storm evacuation route for some 400,000 people, designated as the route for the ambulance, fire vehicles, and police cars during emergencies, as well as residents that must evacuate during flooding or other natural disasters. The expressway is currently in … Continue reading

Forest Hills Man Dead After Five-Car Crash on Woodhaven Boulevard

An elderly Forest Hills man was killed four days before Christmas in a five-car accident on Woodhaven Boulevard in Richmond Hill, police officials said. Cops responded last Sunday around 6:15 p.m. to a call of a multi-vehicle collision on northbound Woodhaven Boulevard near the Atlantic Avenue overpass. Upon arrival, they determined that two vehicles traveling southbound on Woodhaven side-swiped each other, causing both drivers to lose control and sending the cars over the center median where they struck two vehicles traveling … Continue reading

Former TSA Screener Convicted of Stealing Cash from Passengers

A former Transportation Security Administration officer assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport was convicted last week of grand larceny and other charges for stealing $10,000 cash from two passengers traveling in December 2011 and January 2012, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Alexandra Schmid, 34, of Brooklyn, was convicted last Wednesday following a nearly four-week bench trial before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Joel Blumenfeld, who found her guilty of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen … Continue reading