Issues: Transportation

MTA Cuts Ribbon At LIC Subway Station Complex

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' attendance at the Court Square Station Complex ribbon-cutting ceremony.

MTA officials were joined by community leaders on June 3 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the expansion of Long Island City’s new Court Square Subway Station Complex. The completion of this project links the G line station at Long Island City-Court Square with the Court Square Station on the 7 line and the Court Square-23rd Street Station on the E and M lines.

June 8, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Participates In The 7th Annual Tour De Brooklyn

On Sunday, June 5, 2011, more than one thousand bikers participated in the 7th annual Tour de Brooklyn.

June 7, 2011
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Bus Crashes Spur More Scrutiny of Interstate Bus Lines

International Business Times

Thursday, June 2, 2011 4:08 PM EDT

By Jeremy B. White

In March, a Chinatown bound bus returning from a casino careened off the road and was shorn in half, killing 15 people. Two days later, a driver and a passenger perished when a bus traveling from New York to Philadelphia hurtled into an embankment off the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. And on Tuesday, a bus owned by Sky Express rolled over in Virginia, killing four people.

June 7, 2011
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Another Bus Crash, Another Call for Legislative Action

The Lo-Down: News from the lower east side

By Ed Litvak on May 31, 2011 7:13 pm

In the wake of another tragic bus accident, the neighborhood’s elected officials gathered in Chinatown today to renew their calls for stronger laws regulating interstate bus companies. More on their pleas in a moment.

First, there have been some other developments in Virginia, where the crash happened early this morning. The driver, Kin Ku Cheung of Flushing,  was arrested and charged with reckless driving. He’s jailed  in Hanover County, Virginia, on $3,000 bond. Cheung, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries. Investigators are blaming the crash on driver fatigue.

June 6, 2011
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Chinatown Bus Company Shut Down After Deadly Crash

DNA Info

June 1, 2011 1:22pm   Updated June 1, 2011 6:23pm

Sky Express shut down a day after one of its buses crashed in Virginia Tuesday, killing four people.

By Patrick Hedlund and Nguyen Thanh Tuan

DNAinfo Staff

CHINATOWN — The long-distance bus company whose Chinatown-bound coach crashed in Virginia, killing four passengers, was shut down by the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday.

June 6, 2011
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Another bus crash spurs pols to push bill in Albany

Downtown Express

June 1, 2011

BY JOHN BAYLES | Elected officials came together in the wake of another tour bus crash on Tuesday, May 31, to demand the passage of a bill in Albany that would tighten regulations for intercity buses.

Early Tuesday morning, a bus bound for New York City crashed on I-95 just north of Richmond, Va., when its driver, a man from Flushing, Queens, allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. Four people were killed in the accident. The operator of the bus, Sky Express Bus Company, is based in North Carolina but is one of numerous companies that pick up and drop off passengers in New York City.

June 6, 2011
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Chinatown-bound bus driver charged in deadly crash

amNY

5/31/11

By amNY

The driver of a Chinatown-bound tour bus that flipped over and killed four passengers early Tuesday was found to be asleep at the wheel, prompting New York officials to demand swift legislative action to regulate the industry.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, was charged with reckless driving after his bus hit an embankment and flipped onto the roof on Interstate 95 near Richmond, Va., trapping him and 58 passengers inside around 5 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The bus had left Greensboro, N.C., on Monday night.

“The driver was fatigued when he ran off the right side of the road,” Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the Virginia State Police told reporters at the scene.

June 6, 2011
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Queens driver charged with reckless driving in Virginia bus crash that left four passengers dead

NY Daily News

BY GREG B. SMITH AND CORKY SIEMASZKO

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Queens man was asleep at the wheel of a New York-bound bus that skidded off the highway in Virginia early Tuesday, killing four passengers and badly injuring scores more, police said.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, was charged with reckless driving in connection with the crash that left a motor coach flipped over on its roof and trapped passengers inside screaming for help.

The Flushing man was employed by the Sky Express Bus Company, a problem plagued business based in North Carolina.

"The driver was fatigued when he ran off the right side of the road," Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the Virginia State Police said.

June 6, 2011
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Operator in Latest Fatal Tour Bus Crash Had Poor Safety Record

WNYC News Blog

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 08:39 PM

By Jim O'Grady

The federal government has ordered the tour bus company linked to the fatal crash of a bus in Virgina that was returning to Chinatown on Tuesday to halt operations.

Sky Express Bus Company, the tour bus operator, had four crashes in the past two years with two injuries, and drivers were slapped with 46 violations related to driver fatigue and falsifying driving records, according to Department of Transportation records.

June 6, 2011
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Queens Driver Charged In Fatal Virginia Bus Accident

NY 1

Updated 05/31/2011 11:24 PM

By: Tetiana Anderson

Authorities have filed charges against a Queens driver whose Chinatown-bound tour bus flipped over early Tuesday on Interstate 95 in Virginia, killing four women and injuring more than 50 other people.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, Queens is facing reckless driving charges and is being held in a Virginia jail on $3,000 bond.

Authorities say 58 passengers were onboard when the SkyExpress Inc-owned bus flipped onto its roof just before 5 a.m. on Interstate 95, about 30 miles north of Richmond. It had departed from Greensboro, N.C. at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

June 6, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on June 2nd that would help ensure bus safety. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 6, 2011
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Queens Subway Transfer Station 20 Years In The Making

NY1 did a segment on the Court Square Station Complex opening. Senator Gianaris' remarks are included in the video.

It took a little more than 20 years from inception, but the new Court Square Subway Station complex in Long Island City is finished, and should make transfers quicker, cheaper and more comfortable.

The elevators and escalators complement the moving sidewalks and allow free transfers among the E, M, G and 7 lines, and the Northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street without having to hit the street.

"Previously, customers wanting to make this transfer would have to leave the system, use city sidewalks and re-use their Metrocards to enter the system," said New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast.

June 3, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 7, 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Court Square Station Complex ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Senator Gianaris is glad this free transfer station is open to help commuters travel more conveniently in and out of Long Island City and western Queens.

June 3, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo Calls for Background Checks for All Bus Drivers

Senator Fuschillo discusses the need for legislation he sponsors to require criminal background checks for all bus drivers. The legislation, which was passed by the New York State Senate, aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

Click here to read more about Senator Fuschillo's legislation

June 2, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS

  Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a

History of Criminal Driving Convictions

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called "terror" bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT ACT APPROVED BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Legislation Would Help Create Jobs & Address State’s Infrastructure Crisis By Allowing State to Utilize Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Projects 

June 2, 2011
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Court Square Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Senator Gianaris will give remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new direct free-transfer connection between the 7 and G subway lines at the new Court Square Station Complex.

June 3, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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