Issues: Transportation

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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Aubertine Joins OBPA to Celebrate 50 years, Announce Funding

Senator recognizes the great work of Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, $30k for Building 14

OGDENSBURG (September 27, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today joined the board of the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority and local community leaders to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge and announce a $30,000 legislative grant he secured to make improvements to Building 14 in the industrial park.

September 27, 2010
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Analysis: City's lack of planning evident in yellow bus cuts trial

The Island busing variance almost exclusively affects the South Shore, an area where infrastructure has not kept up with the population boom. Many communities in the district still don't have sewers, many roads have no sidewalks, and historical MTA maps show there are actually fewer bus routes there now then there were 40 years ago. Bloomberg himself decried the MTA's 'neglect' of the Island during his re-election campaign a year ago. (Advance file photo)

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/09/analysis_citys_lack_of_plannin.html

September 27, 2010
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New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard Highlights Progress on Route 120 Bridge Reconstruction

Speaking at the base of the Route 120 bridge on a beautiful early fall morning, New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard today expressed enthusiasm for the progress being made on reconstruction of the bridge. She also expressed her gratitude to New Castle residents for their continued patience as the much needed reconstruction continues.

September 27, 2010
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Rally Near PS 153 in Maspeth

Senator Addabbo speaking for the need of a traffic light at a corner near PS 153. Many children cross this intersection every day.

September 27, 2010
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Downtown Alliance, Senator Squadron Introduce New LED Signs Providing Arrival and Departure Times of Free Buses in Lower Manhattan

New York, NY–No more guessing games or neck-craning.

Riders of the Downtown Connection—the Alliance for Downtown New York’s free bus service in Lower Manhattan—will now know exactly when the next bus will arrive. The Business Improvement District has installed seven LED signs, which list the next two arrivals, along the 37-stop route.

The NextBus program uses Global Positioning System tracking satellites to provide accurate vehicle arrival/departure information and real-time data to passengers waiting at selected Downtown Connection stops.

September 23, 2010
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NYSDOT Breaks Ground on Largest Recovery Act Project

by New York State Department of TransportationALBANY, NY (09/20/2010)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee today was joined by Congressman Michael McMahon, Borough President James Molinaro and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez to mark the start of construction on a $74.8 million project to reconstruct and modernize a 1.8-mile segment of the Staten Island Expressway (SIE), the main commuter and freight corridor in Staten Island and one of the most heavily traveled highways in New York City. The project is funded by both the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the 2005 New York State Bond Act.

September 23, 2010
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