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DOT eyeing Alderton becoming a one-way

Motorists who avoid driving northbound on Woodhaven Boulevard by heading up Alderton Street in Rego Park may have to find a different shortcut in the near future.The Department of Transportation is considering converting the narrow, two-way street into a one-way road with traffic only flowing east and then south as it curves.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Vision Zero hitting the road in Long Island City
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 12:32 pm

City officials on Monday officially rolled out preliminary plans for nearly $39 million in Vision Zero improvements for the Long Island City and Hunters Point sections of Queens.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a press conference announcing them at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 11th Street, a stone’s throw from the northern terminus of the Pulaski Bridge.

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Prepare for a bumpy ride on Woodhaven
Posted: February 04, 2016

For years, Forest Park co-op resident Jim Cocovillo has seen the nearby Woodhaven Boulevard service road between Forest Park Drive and Park Lane South become a speedway for drivers looking to beat traffic on the corridor during the morning rush hour.

“I’ve had my own close calls there,” Cocovillo, a Community Board 9 member and former chairman of the panel, said. “We have cars constantly speeding up the road, where there are people crossing the street.”

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Uber drivers protest new fare cuts in NYC
Posted: February 04, 2016

About 300 drivers who work for Uber staged a protest outside the company’s Long Island City office on Monday afternoon, saying that price cuts announced by the app-based car-for-hire service will seriously cut into their incomes at the absolutely worst time of the year.

Uber last Friday announced that it was dropping its minimum fee from $8 to $7 per ride. Desai Bhairavi of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance said the amount already had been dropped from the initial $12 charge when Uber first came to New York City more than three years ago.

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Sewer projects won’t be all that disruptive, DEP insists
Posted: February 04, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection announced plans on Tuesday to install $33 million worth of upgrades at five junctures in the city’s sewer system.

One of those sites is on 108th Street below the Horace Harding Expressway, where Community Board 4 in December feared the job would prove incredibly disruptive to traffic and the quality of life for Corona residents.

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Avella, MTA disagree on reason for No. 7 delays
Posted: February 04, 2016

Like a No. 7 train stuck on the tracks because of traffic ahead, agreement between the MTA and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) don’t seem to be coming any closer.

Three weeks after originally calling on the MTA to make statistics regarding the exact number of disruptions on each individual subway line at any given time available online, Avella penned a letter to New York City Transit President Veronique Hakim, asking how exactly the agency tracks the number of delays throughout the system.

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Senior transportation advocates thinking long-term
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 1:31 pm

The annual transportation conference of the of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging took place on Jan. 13.

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Queens Boulevard and Vision Zero: road to ruin
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 1:54 pm

Our elected and appointed officials were too busy patting each other on the back a couple weeks ago with the overflow of statistical data regarding the Version Zero programs to mention even one negative impact it has had on the communities and commuters it affected.

At best, they failed to realize its impact on the commuters (including bus riders) and the community. At worst, they knew of the problems and still plowed through with it while wasting millions of taxpayer’s dollars in the process.

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Monday 02/01/2016
Uber drivers protest fare cuts in NYC
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 12:09 pm

About 300 drivers who work for Uber staged a protest outside the company’s Long Island City office on Monday afternoon, saying that price cuts announced by the app-based car-for-hire service will seriously cut into drivers’ incomes at the absolutely worst time of the year.

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Thursday 01/28/2016
Queens asks: How come it took so long to plow us?
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 12:09 pm

In Bayside, Community Board 11 member Janet McEneaney watched a school crossing guard stand on top a mound of snow on Monday and direct schoolchildren across the street — and over the mound.

Hours later in Woodhaven, a school bus driver spent more than two hours stuck on a side street as his vehicle stood on 3 feet of ice and snow — Alex Blenkinsopp, communications director for the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, cut his hand trying to free the bus.

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