Category Archives: Transportation

Pols, Communities Call on State to Improve Evacuation Routes and Signs

Emergency evacuation infrastructure and route signage along the Nassau Expressway and connecting roadways in southern Queens and southwestern Nassau County are in desperate need of immediate repair, according to area elected officials. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel (D-LI) led a rally on Sunday morning in Five Towns to call on the state Department of Transportation to improve the roadways and signage before more natural catastrophes wreak havoc on communities. “In southern Queens and Rockaway, … Continue reading

MTA Board Approves $32 Billion Capital Program

A busy Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board last Wednesday morning voted to approve the proposed 2015-2019 Capital Program, according to an MTA spokesman. The $32 billion program is designed to renew, enhance and expand the MTA network, the agency announced this week, including investments to protect the safety and reliability of transit service, improve service quality and the customer experience and expand the network with new lines and connections. MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast called the Capital Program the MTA’s … Continue reading

S.I. Ferry Fee Would Fund Rockaway Boat: Goldfeder

An area elected official this week called on the mayor to implement a fee for the Staten Island Ferry, saying the additional revenue would help fund the same service for the Rockaways. But at least one city agency has indicated that the proposal is not feasible. Though ferry service for the Rockaways was not included in this fiscal year’s final city budget, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) recently sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking him to institute … Continue reading

Murky Waters: Rockaway Boat Service Still Ferry Uncertain

  Borough legislators pressed the mayor last month to extend Rockaway ferry service for a fifth time before it expires by the end of October. But now, more than a month later, little is known about the fate of the ferry based out of Beach 108th Street. The boat service launched as an alternative to the A train, which was knocked out in 2012 in the wake of destruction to the peninsula caused by Superstorm Sandy. Area residents hailed the … Continue reading

Ulrich, Howard Beach Seniors Laud Bus Program

Flanked by area seniors and non-profit staff, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) officially announced on Monday that his office has helped to allocate funds to support senior shuttle bus service. The vehicle will serve four Catholic Charities senior centers throughout Ulrich’s district: Howard Beach, Woodhaven, Rockaway Beach and Ozone Park. The councilman’s office secured $25,000 for a driver to transport older adults from their homes to the senior center for activities, classes and workshops; and day trips to shopping centers, … Continue reading

Goldfeder on S. Queens Traffic Patrol

The city Transportation Department got an earful over the last few weeks as a southern Queens lawmaker sounded off over the need for traffic relief in the Rockaways. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) met with DOT reps near two problematic spots in the southern part of his district and called for changes to ease traffic issues there. Goldfeder said he and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) joined with members of the southern Queens community to address outrage after … Continue reading

City Moves on Woodhaven Traffic Woes

Changes are coming to Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards as the city prepares to put shovels to pavement this coming fall. The street improvement project will go into full effect next month as part of the city Transportation Department’s ongoing efforts to ease congestion along the busy commercial corridors running across southern Queens. Plans included upgrades to service road safety and revamped bus lanes throughout the region, which the city said should make for better driving conditions. “Woodhaven and Cross … Continue reading

Bill de Blasio: A Ferry Bad Mayor

Two buses left Rockaway last week to shuttle concerned residents to the steps of City Hall in the name of saving the beloved Rockaway Ferry before service is suspended in October. It was a nearly two-hour ride, which many argued provided tangible proof that the peninsula was desperately in need of alternative means of transportation. The ferry, which began service after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, was first implemented as a temporary transit option between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway … Continue reading

Southern Queens Pushes for Transit Improvements

Transportation advocates are revving up their efforts to improve the southern part of the borough’s access to public transportation. Elected officials and community leaders called on Mayor Bill de Blasio last week to make ferry service to the Rockaway peninsula a permanent endeavor before it expires in October. Those same advocates also took to a state Assembly hearing last week to advocate for the revitalization of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joined with state Assemblyman … Continue reading

Boro rallies for extended Rockaway Ferry service

Lawmakers in Queens called on the mayor this week to extend Rockaway Ferry service before it expires in October. The $3.50 ferry, located at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, first hit the waves after Sandy swept through the region in 2012 as an alternative to the A train and officials and Rockaway residents applauded the service as a new means of spurring economic growth along the peninsula. But the city said it was not used enough to warrant its … Continue reading

Rockaway Beach Line lands on state capital report

Advocates for the restoration and revival of the now vacant Rockaway Beach Rail Line saw their sentiments echoed on the state level this week. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli included the project on a capital needs report he released in conjunction with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, promoting it as an economic opportunity that should be taken advantage of. In his report, DiNapoli said the MTA could utilize the abandoned branch as a means of boosting capacity and accessibility within a reasonable … Continue reading

Queens lawmakers rally ahead of transit hearing

A state Assembly hearing will test the transportation waters for the more immobile parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island next month, borough lawmakers announced this week. In Queens, state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) teamed up with the legislative body’s committee on corporations, authorities and commissions to host a public oversight hearing on transit-starved communities, scheduled for Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. in Manhattan. Each of the lawmakers have been steadfast advocates … Continue reading

Rockaway line made green in QueensWay symposium

The winning projects of the biennial Friends of the QueensWay symposium on July 19 all made use of old and unused objects that can be found along the defunct Rockaway Beach line, but transformed them into ways to help turn the 3.5 stretch of railway into a public greenway. Carrie Wilbert’s $5,000-winning project, The Queensway Steps, was brought to life in Paris, where she is studying. Ivan Mrakovcic of the Friends of the QueensWay group said members were extremely interested … Continue reading

Boro calls for bike share

Queens wants its fair share of city wheels. Lawmakers and transportation advocates rallied around legislation that would help accelerate the Citi Bike share program into Queens, where demand has already proven its presence. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) spearheaded the Bike to Work Act of 2014, which would give pre-tax commuter benefits to workers. “Thousands of New Yorkers have already embraced the city’s bike share program as a viable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective form of public transportation,” Crowley said. … Continue reading

Woodhaven confronts idle cars

An ongoing debate over Select Bus Service routes in Woodhaven has put into motion another hot-button issue: street side parking. Residents in Woodhaven have spent the better part of the past month voicing their concerns and reactions to a city Transportation Department proposal to bring new bus routes to Woodhaven Boulevard and other parts of southern Queens, sparking some heated discussions over congestion and traffic. But one potential consequence of the plan has received more attention this week as residents … Continue reading