2013-10-02 / Features

Gianaris Brings MTA Mobile Unit to Astoria Houses


State Senator Michael Gianaris with Claudia Coger, Residents Association president, and residents of Astoria Houses. State Senator Michael Gianaris with Claudia Coger, Residents Association president, and residents of Astoria Houses. State Senator Michael Gianaris made commuting easier for Astoria Houses residents by arranging for a visit from an MTA Mobile Sales Unit. Astoria Houses residents recently contacted Gianaris to explain the challenges they face living far from the subway. “Too often the residents of Astoria Houses are overlooked by the MTA, which is why I set up an event like this,” said Gianaris. “Today the MTA met the community first-hand and made it easier to access public transit.”

The Astoria Houses development is located near Hallet’s Cove, far from any subway station, making it difficult for residents to purchase MetroCards or refill or apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard. Upon hearing about this problem, Gianaris worked with the MTA to bring a Mobile Sales Unit to the area. Dozens of Astoria Houses residents took advantage of the opportunity to purchase, refill, or apply for MetroCards close to home.

“The people were happy the mobile unit was there and we are appreciative of Senator Gianaris’ efforts on behalf of the residents of Astoria Houses,” said Claudia Coger, president of the Astoria Houses Residents Association. “For all of us, especially for our seniors and those with disabilities, it was a great service to us.”

Gianaris is a fierce advocate for improved public transportation in Western Queens. Since getting to the nearest subway station requires a long walk, Astoria Houses residents rely heavily on bus service, particularly the Q18, Q102, and Q103 lines. Following months of advocacy by Gianaris, the MTA announced earlier this month that it would be improving service along the Q102 and Q103 bus lines.

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