Issues: Transportation

Hylan Boulevard Transportation Improvement Study Public Meeting


Hylan Boulevard Transportation Improvement Study Public Meeting

 

Please join MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) for the Hylan Boulevard Transportation Improvement Study Public Meeting.


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Come learn about the goals and objectives of the study.

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December 2, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Broken escalator at Brooklyn Heights subway station riles riders

BY Erin Durkin The escalator at a Brooklyn Heights subway station has been broken for more than two months, leaving riders - particularly the elderly - struggling with steep stairs. The down escalator at the High St. A/C station broke down Sept. 9 - and residents say the MTA has failed to fix it despite repeated promises. They say the up escalator frequently stops working, too. "It is difficult," said Adams St. resident Ursula Hahn, who counted the 60 steps it takes to get to the station entrance. "I'm 72 and I can still do it, but it's not easy, especially if I have to carry a load."

November 19, 2010
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Senator Dilan Tours New York Container Terminal in Staten Island

 

Senator Dilan joins members of the International Longshoreman’s Association during a recent tour of the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island.

November 18, 2010
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DOT Rest Stop Closure Protest

WORCESTER, 11/17/10 - Senator James L. Seward joins fellow state lawmakers in protesting a recent NYSDOT decision to shut down six highway rest areas.

Senator Seward was joined by Assemblyman Marc Butler and Assemblyman Pete Lopez in calling on the governor and the DOT to rethink the closure plan and develop alternate cost-saving strategies that will keep the rest areas open, providing truck drivers and the motoring public with safe parking areas.

Others on hand included Hope Rivenburg, whose husband Jason Rivenburg, a truck driver from Schoharie County, was murdered at an abandoned gas station in South Carolina while resting in his rig.

November 17, 2010
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DOT Rest Stop Closures Threaten Public Safety

WORCESTER, 11/17/10 – Gathered at a rest area marked for closure, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) announced today their opposition to a recent NYSDOT decision to shut down six highway rest areas.

“Weakening one of the few protective measures available to drivers on our roadways leaves all motorists, and in particular, truck drivers at risk,” said Senator Seward.  “While I understand the need to cut back in these tough fiscal times, I believe there are other areas that should be considered first.”

November 17, 2010
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Finally, a Passing Grade for the F Train

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

Last year, New York City Transit released a report that admitted what many riders already knew: The F train, the ugly duckling of the subway system, was a mess.

Slow as a snail, prone to delays, and overburdened by a ridership that grew by double digits in the last decade, the much-maligned F was in dire need of a spruce-up, transit officials concluded.

November 15, 2010
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F Train Follow-Up Report

Last year, Senator Squadron urged the MTA to address the F train’s service problems.  He worked with the MTA and released a 25-page report detailing the problems on the F line and made recommendations.  Senator Squadron asked for a follow-up report, and the MTA provided this report, attached here.

File: 
F Review Follow Up - October 2010 - FINAL.pdf

November 15, 2010
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All Aboard! Historic High Speed Rail Conference On Track In New York City

State Senate President Malcolm A. Smith along with other local, state and federal officials will participate in the historic High Speed Rail conference of leading international experts who will discuss ways to bring the speedy passenger train to America. Expected guests include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, Deputy Administrator- Federal Railroad Administrator, Karen Rae, Governor David Paterson, Governor Elect Andrew Cuomo, Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell, US Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and US Congressman John Mica.

November 11, 2010
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Senator Serrano Takes a Stand for East Side Commuters

Senator Serrano Joins Cyclists and Pedestrians to Call on City to Fulfill East Side Safety Pledge

November 10, 2010
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Spirit Airlines lands at Niagara Falls Airport

Spirit Airlines, an ultra low carrier, today announced it will begin regular service between Niagara Falls and Ft. Lauderdale in January 2011, and Niagara Falls and Myrtle Beach in May 2011!  Here Senator Maziarz poses with Tony Lefebvre, Vice President of Spirit Airlines.

October 28, 2010
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RURAL FUTURES: Summer 2010 by the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Newsletter from the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

File: 
Summer 2010 LCRR Newsletter

October 22, 2010
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STATEMENT OF SENATOR GOLDEN AND COUNCILMAN GENTILE ON LAWSUIT AGAINST MTA FOLLOWING TODAY’S HEARING

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and City Councilman Vincent J. Gentile (D-WF, 43rd District) have issued the following statement following a court appearance today regarding a State Supreme Court lawsuit in which they have coordinated against the Metropolitan Transit Authority in response to the service reductions implemented on June 27, 2010 and their impact on the seniors and disabled of Southwest Brooklyn:

October 21, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN AND COUNCILMAN GENTILE LAW SUIT AGAINST MTA GOES TO STATE SUPREME COURT TOMORROW

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden and City Councilman Vincent J. Gentilewill host a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 9:30 a.m., in front of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, on Cadman Plaza (West side of the building).

Senator Golden and Councilman Vincent Gentile will be joined by plaintiffs and supporters of a lawsuit they have filed against the service reductions to bus lines in Southwest Brooklyn which were implemented by the MTA on June 27, 2010.

October 20, 2010
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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Closed for ING NYC Marathon Sun., Nov. 7th 7 AM to 3 PM


SPECIAL TRAFFIC ADVISORY

( Updates with new closure time for Bay Street and Lily Pond exits to 3 AM instead of 5 AM on day of race)

 

October 20, 2010
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ING NYC Marathon

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Closed for ING NYC Marathon Sun., Nov. 7th 7 AM to 3 PM;

Upper Level closures begin Sat., Nov. 6 at 11 PM

The ING NYC Marathon will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7th. Motorists traveling to Brooklyn or Staten Island via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge should seek alternate routes.

Motorists can hear information about closures at the Verrazano-Narrows by calling the Marathon Traffic Info Hotline at: 718-556-8010.

Approximate closure times are as follows:

November 6, 11:00 PM - November 7, 3:00 PM
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“Hayley and Diego’s Law” to Crack Down on Careless Driving Goes Into Effect Today

Law Named for Children Killed in Chinatown Van Crash

Careless Drivers Will Now Face Jail Time for Injuring Pedestrians

October 14, 2010
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Jason's Law Needed To Protect Truck Drivers

Truck drivers.  We see them every day on the highway, and while we have a basic understanding of what they do, we don’t always realize the rigors and risks of the essential job they perform.  The vast majority put in long hours away from home so they can earn a living wage and support their families.  Along with the dangers one would expect that come with the job of driving an eighteen wheeler – road hazards, equipment malfunctions and driver error – there are other, more sinister threats.

October 8, 2010
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN ON APPROVED FARE HIKES

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), has issued a statement in response to the fare hikes approved by the MTA and scheduled to go into effect in January:

“The fare hikes approved this morning are further proof that the MTA does not care or understand that New Yorkers are struggling financially and really can’t afford to spend not even another penny on transportation.

To ask all straphangers to pay more, for less service, is arrogant on the part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Students, families and our working class are going to feel these hikes in their wallets and will have to make sacrifices so to meet the expense of their new personal transportation budget.

October 7, 2010
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Seward Ensures Timely Completion Of Otsego County Bridge Project

ONEONTA, 09/30/10 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) announced today that replacement of an Otsego County bridge has been expedited due to recent discussions with the local utility.

“A reconstructed Brooker Hollow Road bridge will provide safe passage to school students, families and individuals who rely on the span on a daily basis,” said Senator Seward.  “Completing the job as quickly as possible will alleviate any long term inconvenience.”

September 30, 2010
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