Plans for western Queens light rail could benefit from BQX streetcar proposal
Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Queens Connector

Rail could be the wave of the future throughout west Queens. With Mayor Bill de Blasio releasing last week a $2.5 billion plan to bring commuters the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), an above-ground streetcar line along the East River waterfront, one local politician is hoping her plan for a commuter rail will be put on the fast track. Since last […]

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Queens straphangers say 7 train needs full line review now
THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

Fed up with delays, overcrowding and poor infrastructure, 7 train riders are taking matters into their own hands. Commuters who frequent the 7 train gathered at the 40th-Lowery Street station in Sunnyside on Tuesday to demand that the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) conduct a full line review. The riders were joined by Councilman Jimmy Van […]

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Still off track: Community leaders in Ridgewood call for freight rail reform
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After a tumultuous summer with several railroad problems, Civics United for Railroad Environmental Solutions (CURES) is looking for a better and safer way to transport freight by rail through the area. The civics organization made a presentation at the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association (RPOCA) meeting on Feb. 4, highlighting the need for better safety […]

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Subway service changes to affect 15 lines this weekend
Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains. 1 From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 5, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, 1 […]

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$2.5 billion for streetcar might be better used elsewhere: Transit expert
BQX map

BY JOSEPH B. RASKIN Last year, Mayor de Blasio called for the revival of plans for a subway line along Brooklyn’s Utica Avenue, first proposed over a century ago.  This year, in effect, he brought back an older plan for the development of a streetcar line along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront. The streetcar plan […]

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