Riders who are fed up with 7 train service will have the opportunity to direct their questions and frustration at MTA New York City Transit President Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim at a Tuesday night meeting in Sunnyside.
The 7 train is so notorious for having bad service that Queens riders started a Facebook group, 7 Train Blues, to provide up-to-date information about delays, vent about overcrowded platforms and provide travel advice.
Residents and elected officials have also held several rallies throughout the years to call for improvements and a full-line review. A 2014 report by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that the 52nd Street stop in Woodside was one of the top 5 stations with the most structural issues.
Access Queens, a transit advocacy group, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer are hosting a town hall at the Sunnyside Community Services center, 43-31 39th St., at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday so that 7 train riders can get answers.
Hakim will make a presentation and also participate in a Q & A session. According to a spokesperson for Van Bramer’s office, Hakim will discuss completed and scheduled work on the 7 train, reliability issues and lessons learned based on the communications-based train control system.
Access Queens and Van Bramer are encouraging people to use the hashtag #AsktheMTA on Twitter to direct their questions.
The questions have already started pouring in and they cover everything from service delays to lack of communication by the MTA.
Riders can also ask questions by emailing email@example.com.
Check out some of the questions below:
— Brandon W. Mosley (@manjidesigns) April 1, 2016
— Kaitlyn Rinehold (@KRinehold) March 30, 2016
— JRosenberg (@JeremyR1992) April 1, 2016
— tara. (@taraasaurusrex) April 1, 2016
— Handsome Man (@SuchHandsomeMan) April 2, 2016