Category Archives: Transportation

CB 6 Zeroes in on ‘Boulevard of Death’

Community leaders in central Queens are hoping to breathe new life into the “Boulevard of Death.” Pedestrian safety continued its streak of being one of the borough’s hottest buzzwords this week as Community Board 6 grappled at its meeting last week with ways to make Queens Boulevard safer than its grim nickname suggests. Officials discussed a bunch of potential fixes, included protected bike lanes and wider medians in order to coincide with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative to … Continue reading

Kew Gardens Gets Short End of Longer MTA Bus Deal: CB 9

Both the buses and frustrations are growing in Kew Gardens. Members of Queens Community Board 9 have asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to put the brakes on a plan than would run longer articulated buses along the Q10 line between Kew Gardens and John F. Kennedy International Airport and stop on Kew Gardens Road for shift changes. The agency visited the group’s March meeting to discuss the change and was met with some criticism. “This would be a complete nightmare,” … Continue reading

Pedestrian Safety Legislation Takes Shape in Queens

Queens lawmakers have kept busy drafting bills that they say would help Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision of safer city streets become a reality. U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) joined with safety advocates and elected officials Monday morning to push for the Pedestrian Fatalities Reduction Act of 2014, which would force the state to address traffic-related injuries. The Queens congressman said his home borough was a great place to start since it has historically ranked first, or at the … Continue reading

City Must Expedite Street Project Preventing Broad Channel Sandy Recovery, Pol Says

The city Department of Design and Construction’s slow movement on a repaving and sidewalk repair project is keeping the Parks Department from being able to replant trees damaged by Superstorm Sandy 17 months ago, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) said in a recent letter urging the DDC’s commissioner to turn things around. “With warmer weather quickly approaching, residents will be spending more time outside, and they deserve to have the appearance of their neighborhood in top shape,” Goldfeder said. “It … Continue reading

City DOT moves to make Maspeth safer

Outcry over an elderly woman’s death at a busy Maspeth intersection helped spur the city Transportation Department to make some changes along Grand Avenue this week. A spokesman for the DOT said the city was installing what it labeled as “qwik kurb” along Grand Avenue near 69th Place to deter the already prohibited left turn at the intersection after an unlicensed driver killed 68-year-old Angela Hurtado earlier this year doing just that. Maspeth residents said the safety measure was long … Continue reading

Peralta pushes for more pedestrian safety near PS 206

Pedestrian safety has become a hot topic in Queens, and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) used the opportunity to renew his push for safer streets outside a public school in Rego Park. Peralta has been calling for safety reforms, such as speed cameras and assigning a new crossing guard to PS 206, for the better part of the past year. And with recent launching of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to curb traffic fatalities throughout the city, … Continue reading

City solicits civics’ help for safer Woodhaven Boulevard

In an effort to make Woodhaven Boulevard – one of Queens’ most dangerous and congested roads – safer, the city Department of Transportation has been studying the major corridor for years but just reached out to community leaders who use the road daily to better assess what changes need to be implemented. A spokeswoman for the DOT said the city gathered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and representatives from community boards 5, 6, 9 and 10 to discuss “select bus service” … Continue reading

Queens leaders optimistic about city plan to curb pedestrian deaths

The city got a closer look at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero campaign to curb traffic-related deaths, and some of Queens’ pedestrian advocates said they were big fans with high hopes. De Blasio’s initiative set out to reduce pedestrian fatalities to zero over the next 10 years and laid out several developments over the past week, including plans to reduce the citywide speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25 and installing red light cameras throughout the boroughs. … Continue reading

Mayor fills Maspeth in on pothole plan

An onslaught of winter snowfalls left some city streets riddled with potholes and Mayor Bill de Blasio hit the Maspeth pavement to plug them. With shovel in hand, De Blasio and his entourage took to the intersection of 69th Lane and 60th Avenue Thursday morning to fill residents in on his pothole blitz in the wake of numerous storms, which brought more snow so far this year than ever before in history. He stood beside city Transportation Department Commissioner Polly … Continue reading

In Mid-Queens, City Will Grow Waste Collection Services

The city will expand its curbside collection of food waste and other organic materials to parts of Queens in the spring, according to Department of Sanitation officials. The service will come to portions of Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth in April and May. According to Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, the city spent more than $85 million in 2012 exporting organic material to landfills out of state. “By launching our organics collection program, we will help the city reduce trash disposal … Continue reading

As borough’s pedestrian injuries, fatalities rise, community seeks solutions

The recent death of 8-year-old Noshat Nahian, who was struck and killed on his way to school in Woodside by a tractor-trailer making an allegedly illegal left turn on Northern Boulevard has residents, politicians, safety activists and even emergency room doctors looking for real changes to help make the borough’s streets safe for pedestrians. Sadly, Nahian’s death on Dec. 20 was not an isolated incident but rather part of what many area leaders and residents are calling a disturbing trend … Continue reading

Q58 Named Slowest Bus in Queens

Have any Q58 riders had a hard time getting to work lately? Or wherever they need to go? Chances are, according to a report released last week, they have. The bus that runs from Ridgewood to Flushing was named the slowest bus in Queens by the New York Public Interest Research Group Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives last week. Still, while the Q58 is no racehorse, it can take heart: It wasn’t the absolute slowest bus in the city – … Continue reading

Woodhaven Speaks Up Against Railway Plans

The rules were clear as Woodhaven residents filed into their block association’s public forum Monday evening. “We want to hear from the Woodhaven residents first,” said Alex Blenkinsopp, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s communications director, as members scrawled their names onto the speakers list. The association invited all Woodhaven denizens to the Emanuel United Church of Christ Tuesday night to sound off regarding proposals for a set of abandoned railroad tracks that once ran from Rockaway to Rego Park. The … Continue reading

This Holiday Season, Airport Workers Say Jobs Give Them Little to be Thankful for

Thanksgiving week brought a greater security presence to LaGuardia Airport, but not for obvious reasons. More than 700 airport workers rallied throughout the day at the Queens transportation hub last Tuesday, demanding better working conditions through a raucous public rally during one of the busiest travel weeks of the entire year. The workers’ voices were heard so clearly that they were barred from protesting in the following days after LaGuardia brought in more security officers to keep the peace. “The … Continue reading

Wielding Concerns About Rockaway Rail Line Plans, Woodhaven Group Demands Voices be Heard

Following a series of contentious meetings about plans for an abandoned railroad line running from Rockaway to Rego Park, one faction of residents is standing up to demand a stronger voice at the negotiating table. Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, has serious concerns about a plan that would revitalize an old Rockaway Beach rail line that runs along 98th Street. But those in support of the plan have seemingly drowned his voice out without providing an … Continue reading