Category Archives: Transportation

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

JFK TSA Officers Detect Gun Parts in PlayStation Console

Game over. A Brooklyn man last week was arrested by Port Authority police officers on weapons charges after Transportation Security Administration officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport detected parts of a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun concealed among his belongings—including a video-game console—as he tried to catch a morning flight to Mexico City, according to a TSA spokeswoman. Various components of the man’s gun were found hidden inside a PlayStation2, and others were tucked alongside a tripod, and in his … Continue reading

Goldfeder ‘Deeply Disappointed’ with Funding of QueensWay Park Proposal

An area elected official this week said he was “deeply disappointed” with the state Regional Economic Development Council’s recent decision to grant funding for the QueensWay park proposal on the Rockaway Beach Rail Line right-of-way, but vowed to continue the fight to reactivate the abandoned line. Reacting to last Thursday’s news that the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization working to create parks, had been tapped by the REDC to receive more than $443,000 to design the first … Continue reading

Council Members Challenge Horse-Carriage Ban

Animal rights activists have long awaited the bill introduced this week to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City, legislation that fulfills a campaign promise by Mayor Bill De Blasio, who said he would get rid of the carriages “on day one.” But the proposal, which would take horses and carriages off the roads by May 2016, has already sparked a rally at City Hall and a lot of debate. The Taxi Workers Alliance, against the City’s plan to offer … Continue reading

Affordable Housing, Pedestrian Plaza Dominate CB 9 Meeting

Aspects of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, and the latest developments surrounding the 101st Avenue pedestrian plaza dominated Tuesday night’s Community Board 9 meeting in Richmond Hill. The board voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution regarding “Mayor’s Proposals and Laws re: Use and Occupancy of Basement and Attic Apartments.” Proposed by the board’s Land Use Committee, the resolution shows that CB 9 officially opposes legalizing basement and attic apartments, which is a tenet of de Blasio’s “Housing … Continue reading

New MTA Report Calls for Expansion of City Rail Capacity

A recently released Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reinvention Commission report calls for the “aggressive expansion” of the city’s rail capacity through means including the reactivation of unused rail rights-of-way. And Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week seized on the development as support for the reactivation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The report recommends seven strategies for improving transportation in the city. Among these is the recommendation for expansion of the existing transit system to meet the needs of … Continue reading

Reckless Driving in Howard Beach: Still an Issue?

Just over a year ago, in November 2013, The Forum wrote an article on multiple incidents of reckless driving that had been occurring in Howard Beach, eerily foretelling the deadly accident that was to occur two weeks later.  On Nov. 30, at 159th Avenue and 98th Street, a 23-year-old drunk driver from Ozone Park hit and killed Jim Sinisi of Ridgewood, a paralegal who was also a beloved local musician and poet.  The driver’s car jumped Sinisi’s and smashed into … Continue reading

DOT, MTA Continue to Engage Communities on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

The latest stop for the two agencies tasked with implementing Bus Rapid Transit in communities across the five boroughs was Borough Hall on Tuesday morning, where city Department of Transportation and New York City Transit Authority officials presented the possible plans for BRT along the Cross Bay Boulevard-Woodhaven Boulevard Corridor. Addressing the Borough Cabinet, Eric Beaton, DOT director of Transit Development, and Robert Thompson, manager of Long-Range Bus Planning at NYCTA, detailed the concept of BRT and how it might … Continue reading

Sunnyside Man Caught with Weapons in Checked Bags at JFK

A Sunnyside man last Wednesday was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport after security officials discovered a stash of weapons in his checked luggage, according to authorities. Transportation Security Administration officers detected the weapons—two crossbows, three starter pistols, two BB guns, a stun gun, handcuffs and several bow arrows—as the man’s luggage was passing through screening equipment, and was opened after the machine alerted the officers to suspicious items inside the bags. TSA immediately contacted the Port Authority Police … Continue reading