2015-03-18 / Political Page


One story headline capped City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer’s litany of complaints about the 7 subway line’s abominable service record accurately: “RIDERS FED UP WITH NO. 7.” But Van Bramer’s complaints, and others from Assemblymember Catherine Nolan (D–Ridgewood), could easily offer similar headlines to describe the line’s service record recently.

Van Bramer (D–Sunnyside) unleashed his complaints at a City Hall press conference before a crowd very sympathetic to those Van Bramer listed: “long waits, signal problems, weekend maintenance closures, etc, etc.”

These were why Van Bramer was demanding from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) specific information about every kind of delay – signal problems, refuse on the tracks, snowstorms and other related stoppages.

Van Bramer summed up: “People have stopped taking the 7 train because they can’t be late to work anymore. They’re afraid of losing their jobs, and this is on top of the weekend closures. It’s too much and the MTA simply needs to do better.”

Nolan wasn’t present at the Van Bramer press conference, but she issued a statement saying, “7 riders have endured almost daily delays this winter. The situation is unacceptable. We must properly fully fund a new MTA capital plan. I look forward to working with state Senator (Michael) Gianaris in Albany to provide state funding and all of my colleagues in government, including Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer to address these concerns.”

One newspaper, Newsday, had a report that was an add-on to Van Bramer’s story, and quoted MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz saying the MTA “is trying to upgrade the No. 7 line’s communication system” and that they’re “already working hard to make the 7 line more reliable by installing a new signal system, replacing thousands of feet of track panels and making Sandy-related repairs.” But he added, “Unfortunately, this work takes time.”

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