2003-12-31 / Front Page

On the brief side...

Subway Service Expected To Improve
On the brief side...

On the brief side...

Subway Service Expected To Improve

Riders of the N and W trains in Astoria and Long Island City may find they have a faster commute beginning February 22 after all four tracks on the Manhattan Bridge are open for the first time since 1986. In the 18 years since then, two tracks were added to two existing ones.

Under the new setup, the N train, running between Gravesend in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, and Astoria will again run as an express through Brooklyn, then local in Manhattan and out to Astoria along the Broadway line.

The W will follow the route from Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan as a local using the Broadway line to its terminus in Astoria.

Cohen Gets All-Way Stop Sign

Responding to a plea from constituent Sheila Sicherman in Rego Park about the dangerous intersection at Saunders Street and 63rd Avenue where she resides, Assemblymember Michael Cohen contacted the city Department of Transportation (DOT) and had an all-way-stop sign installed at that location.

Cohen said the DOT did a study and agreed with Sicherman and him that the sign was necessary "to better ensure the safety of drivers in this area." He also thanks Ms. Sicherman for bringing this dangerous situation to his attention.

Sicherman had informed Cohen that her window faces the intersection and that she had witnessed several accidents there as drivers going south on 63rd Avenue across Queens Boulevard sped up to make the green light. This jeopardized drivers of cars who had stopped for the stop sign on Saunders Street before they proceeded through the intersection.

Nolan Secures Traffic Improvements

Assemblymember Catherine Nolan reported that she has secured additional street lighting in Ridgewood and a new traffic signal in Sunnyside.

The added street lighting, approved by the Department of Transportation, will be installed on Grove Street between Fresh Pond Road and 60th Place, Nolan said. The DOT Division of Street Lighting will install two 150-watt, high-pressure sodium luminaries on existing wooden utility poles during the first quarter of 2004, the lawmaker explained.

In Sunnyside, Nolan said her request for a traffic signal at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and 44th Street had been approved by the DOT. The installation is tentatively scheduled to be completed by march 31.

Nolan urged constituents with any questions about either improvement to call her district office at 718-456-9492.

Avella Scores New Traffic Lights, Renames Street

City Councilmember Tony Avella, who was recently sworn-in to a new two-year term by City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council Victor Robles, reports that the Department of Transportation will install traffic lights at three new locations in his northeast Queens district.

Following studies by DOT, the new traffic lights will go up at College Point Boulevard and 6th Avenue and at 212th Street and 38th Avenue and 50th Avenue and Oceania Street in Bayside.

"All three locations have been categorized by residents as dangerous," Avella said. "I know that [a traffic light at] 6th Avenue and College Point Boulevard has been a longstanding request by the community for years." He said constituent complaints had sparked the call for lights at the other locations as well.

DOT told Avella that the three installations will be completed shortly.

In another matter, Avella (D–Bayside) recently renamed the intersection at 11th Avenue and 123rd Street in College Point as Battalion Chief Lawrence T. Stack Street.

Joined by Stack family members and friends, Avella said that on September 11, 2001, Stack "exemplified the true meaning of hero" at the World Trade Center attack site. He said Stack had helped to free two other firefighters who were trapped in the rubble. He later returned to Tower 2 to help an injured civilian, but then lost his own life, Avella recounted.

Stack was born and raised in College Point. His son, Michael, followed him into the Fire Department ranks. Another son, Brian is a New York City corrections officer.The bill was based on a successful project to cut emissions from construction vehicles at the World Trade Center site. There, Environmental Defense worked with Governor George Pataki to establish a commitment that would require all state construction vehicles at the World Trade Center site to use retrofits and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. Intro 191A will begin downtown, and then extend further to bring the benefits citywide within a reasonable time frame.

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