MTA Urged To Restore No. 7 Train Service For Lunar New Year
State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblymember Grace Meng and Councilmember Peter Koo called on MTA Executive Director Joseph Lhota to reschedule No. 7 train track work to avoid conflicting with the Lunar New Year festival and parade that will take place on February 4.
“Though this maintenance is critical, we must consider the effect on neighborhood businesses,” Stavisky said. “Suspension of the No. 7 train has always hurt businesses around the Flushing-Main St. Station, and we cannot ask the community to take this hit during one of the busiest and most important weekends of the year.”
“The Lunar New Year Festival is extremely important for small businesses in Downtown Flushing,” Meng said. “Though maintenance of the No. 7 train is critical to keep this lifeline dependable and reliable, the economic significance of this weekend is paramount. While not completing this scheduled maintenance on one specific weekend will not cripple the upkeep effort, it could cause economic harm to local small businesses that need every dollar and every day to make a living.”
Koo agreed, adding, “During these difficult economic times when small businesses are struggling to stay afloat, we must do everything to support merchants and stimulate our local economy. Therefore, the MTA must consider the impact major construction on the No. 7 line will have on the Flushing economy during the Lunar New Year. I agree these repairs are necessary, but changing the start date from the weekend prior to Lunar New Year to even one weekend after would greatly help local businesses to sell their seasonal goods and conduct holiday services for their customers.”
“In 2008, we convinced the MTA to reschedule service disruptions during the Lunar New Year,” Stavisky added. “Though we have not yet heard back from Director Lhota, it is my hope that we will once again be able to protect the community during this important holiday.”