Tag: Transportation


Astoria Blvd Station Renovations

Astoria Blvd Station Renovations

The MTA will add four elevators to the Astoria Boulevard station. The MTA has announced renovation of the Astoria Blvd stop on the N line in Astoria. This 29 month renovation will include 9 months of full closure and also include traffic diversions, including some closures of the Hoyt...


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NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’

NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’

NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’ , New Commercial Loading restrictions in Jackson Heights BE AWARE Drivers who “block the box” at intersections could get a ticket for holding up traffic. Cops will be handing out tickets to drivers who pull too far into the crosswalk at 50 busy...


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New Lower East Side Ferry Stop

New Lower East Side Ferry Stop

Mayor DiBlasio announces a new Ferry stop in the Lower East Side in Manhattan. While this stop is not on the Astoria Line, you can transfer free of charge in LIC to the line servicing the lower east side. The Lower East Side Route will serve nearly one million...


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Rally For Better Transit at the Ditmars Boulevard Station

It’s just been announced that the Ditmars Boulevard station will be under reconstruction from April 2018 through June 2019.This Thursday, February 8 at 4.30 pm, join Costa, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, State Senator Michael Gianaris, other elected officials, and transit advocates at a Rally for Better Access and Service at...


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Rally for Better Transit at the Ditmars Boulevard Station

Rally for Better Transit at the Ditmars Boulevard Station

Just when you thought the station renovations on the N/W line couldn’t be any more inconvenient, it’s just been announced that the Ditmars Boulevard station will be under reconstruction from April 2018 through June 2019. Thankfully the station won’t be completely closed, but construction materials will be stored on...


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New NYC Winter Ferry Schedule

New NYC Winter Ferry Schedule

It has been an amazing initial year for the New York City Ferry….3 million passengers!!! And new stops are on the way for 2018!! The ferry has been a catalyst in Old Astoria, leading to new development, services, a shot in the arm for our cultural institutions, and a...


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Executive Director of BQX Stepped Down

Executive Director of BQX Stepped Down

The Friends of the BQX Executive Director, Ya-Ting Liu, stepped down on December 1st.  Ya-Ting stepped down just after unveiling the first-ever life-size prototype of the light rail car of the BQX. Ya-Ting was able to accomplish a lot while being the Executive Director. She was able to build...


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The BQX Timeline May be Shattered

The BQX Timeline May be Shattered

The Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) is a proposed streetcar that would link Brooklyn and Queens along the waterfront of both boroughs.  The public-review process for the BQX was supposed to start by the end of 2017.  However, the start date has extended into this year.  According to The Crain’s report,...


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An End to Larger Truck Traffic on Astoria Boulevard

An End to Larger Truck Traffic on Astoria Boulevard

New York State Assemblymember  Aravella Simotas announced that by the end of this year, larger trucks will be permitted to remain on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) and will no longer be detoured onto local streets in Astoria. (Note: many people think of the roadway from the RFK Triborough...


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Important news for holiday travel via Laguardia Airport

Important news for holiday travel via Laguardia Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2017 CONTACT: Metropolitan Transportation Authority: 212-878-7440 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: 212-435-7777 PORT AUTHORITY AND MTA ANNOUNCE FREE LAGUARDIA LINK Q70 SERVICE DURING THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY LaGuardia Link Q70 bus provides convenient connection to New York City Subway and Long Island Rail...


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BQX Connector Mock up

BQX Connector Mock up

Are we seeing the future of inter-borough transit? Housed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Friends of the BQX, an advocacy group, has provided a mock up of what a streetcar might look like.  This plan originally announced by Mayor DiBlasio, seeks to connect via streetcar Astoria with Sunset...


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Separate Bike and Pedestrian Lanes on the Queensboro Bridge

Separate Bike and Pedestrian Lanes on the Queensboro Bridge

Transportation Alternatives are asking that the Queensborough  Bridge outbound lower roadway exterior lane be converted from automobiles use to Pedestrian/Bicycle use. Currently the inbound lower roadway exterior lane is reserved for pedestrian/bicycle use. Transportation Alternatives feels that combining pedestrian and bicycle use in one lane is a safety hazard....


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San Francisco Ferry Boat Visits New York

San Francisco Ferry Boat Visits New York

The ferry Zelinsky, which started its career San Francisco Bay 30 years ago, was providing free ferry rides in New York City this week. The Mozilla company hired the Zelinsky from Hornblower Metro Fleet LLC (who operate the ferry service from Hallets Point in Astoria) to provide a free...


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Direct Public transit between Outer Boroughs

Direct Public transit between Outer Boroughs

Public Transportation in NYC has always been Manhattan Centric. Travel between the outer boroughs almost always includes being diverted to Manhattan. There are very few direct options. Regional Plan Association has created “The Triboro: Transit in the Boroughs” as an overview of various options. As more and more residents...


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NYC Ferry’s Winter Schedule

NYC Ferry’s Winter Schedule

If you are enjoying taking the new Astoria ferry service to work—or for pleasure excursions—it is likely that the winter service will be somewhat reduced to match an expected decrease in ridership, AMNY reports that the City Council was told last week. While peak-hour ferry trips will not be...


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OANA’s Position on N Subway Renovations

If you ride the N train in Astoria and you think the coming station upgrades should include elevators—or if you don’t ride the N train because of the lack of elevators in Astoria—we encourage you to attend the rally on October 23rd.  Set-up will begin at 10 am, with...


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NYC Ferry to Add Three New Boats

NYC Ferry to Add Three New Boats

Good news for Astoria residents who are enjoying the new ferry service from Halletts Cove—and for those from other neighborhoods who want to ride the ferry out to explore the many attractions our community had to offer. AMNY is reporting that New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is...


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Two N Trains Stations To Close for 8 Months

Two N Trains Stations To Close for 8 Months

Bad news for commuters in Astoria who were looking forward to having full train service back after a summer of weekends with no train service—the 36th Avenue and 30th Avenue stations will be shuttered for at least 8 months starting on October 23rd, DNAINfo is reporting. Whereas Summer’s weekend...


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Here Comes CitiBike!

Here Comes CitiBike!

The popular bike sharing program CitiBike will cut the ribbon on new docking stations in Astoria, Long Island City, Harlem, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights starting next week, DNAInfo is reporting. A DOT spokesman said that building of the new stations will begin on September 12, starting first in...


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Astoria Ferry Schedule

Astoria Ferry Schedule

The schedule for the new Astoria Ferry Service has been released! You can find it here: https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/astoria/ or if you want to download a copy of the schedule, click here. It’s safe to say that there’s much excitement in our community as Astoria gears up for the start of...


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New Astoria Ferry: Open Hours with NYC Ferry staff

New Astoria Ferry: Open Hours with NYC Ferry staff

The countdown is on till the start of the NYC Ferry service in Astoria on August 29th. A new route servicing the Rockaways has proved very popular. NYC Ferry staff will hold open office hours about the new ferry service at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, on Thursday...


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FINAL MAP OF CITIBIKE ASTORIA LOCATIONS

FINAL MAP OF CITIBIKE ASTORIA LOCATIONS

The final map of Citi Bike locations in Astoria has been released! After a community outreach program, the draft station siting plans were released by NYC DOT in April. Comments received from local stakeholders about proposed locations were reviewed by DOT, and as a result nine stations were relocated...


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Astoria Ferry Service Will Begin on August 29

Astoria Ferry Service Will Begin on August 29

Leaders of local Queens organizations and elected officials, including, amongst others, NYC Councilmen Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, CB1 District Manager Florence Koulouris, Astoria Houses Residents Association President Claudia Coger, and OANA President Richard Khuzami, joined Mayor Bill de Blasio on the waterfront at Hallets Point at a...


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Roosevelt Island Tram Renovations

Roosevelt Island Tram Renovations

Do you take the tram from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan? As of Wednesday July 26, there will be only one tram cabin running every 15 minutes as a program of renovations to the RI tram service platforms begins, according to NY 1 News. Thanks to OANA’s own Neil Herdan...


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New Ferry Service Feeling the Heat as Demand Surges

New Ferry Service Feeling the Heat as Demand Surges

As warmer weather finally arrived in June, NYC Ferry found itself trying to cope with unexpectedly high demand on its new route to the Rockaways as New Yorkers tried to get to the beach. Would-be commuters took to Twitter to complain that after long waits on line, they were...


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Halletts Point Traffic Circulation Changes

Halletts Point Traffic Circulation Changes

At the May OANA meeting, Keith Dumanski from the Durst Organization gave us a valuable update on the traffic circulation changes that will be happening as Phase 2 of the Halletts Point Development project gets under way. The traffic changes will be as follows: (Letters correspond with letters on...


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Cashless Tolling Only at the Triborough/RFK Bridge

Cashless Tolling Only at the Triborough/RFK Bridge

As of June 15 2017, currency will no longer be accepted at the Triborough/RFK Bridge as cashless tolling begins. Governor Cuomo’s office is encouraging commuters to get E-ZPass and save on tolls. According to the Governor’s office, cashless tolling will reduce congestion and improve travel time for motorists, and...


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Ahoy! NYC Ferry Service Launches

Ahoy! NYC Ferry Service Launches

The merry month of May brought some extra joy to residents of the Rockaways as the new NYC Ferry service began connecting them to other boroughs. Astoria will welcome the new ferry service in August, and the new boats look amazing, with comfortable seating, wi-fi and a snazzy snack...


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N Train Service Weekend Repairs This Summer

N Train Service Weekend Repairs This Summer

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION news for Astoria residents: “N” subway service will be suspended for several weekends this summer for much needed repairs. DNAInfo’s Jeanmarie Evelly reports that on the weekends of May 20-22, Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30), June 3-5, August 12-14, August 19-21, August 26-28, Labor Day Weekend (September...


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A Chance to Learn More About Ferries

A Chance to Learn More About Ferries

With the new ferry service from Astoria due to start in August, now is the perfect time to learn more about ferries! The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association will hold a Ferry Safety and Technology conference, MarineLink reports, on May 11 and 12 in downtown Manhattan. You can find out...


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New Location for Ride-Sharing Pick-Ups at LaGuardia

New Location for Ride-Sharing Pick-Ups at LaGuardia

If you ever use ride-sharing app-based services like Lyft, Uber or Gett to pick you up at LaGuardia Airport, you should be aware that it just got a little more complicated. According to the Queens Courier, the Port Authority has announced that there will be a new location for...


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Comment on the Proposed CitiBike Stations in Astoria

Comment on the Proposed CitiBike Stations in Astoria

Citibike and NYC DOT have announced their initial selections for the placement of 59 Bike Docking Stations in Astoria/LIC north of Queensboro Plaza. They are initiating the process of receiving feedback from the community on these locations, and they welcome ideas on how they may be improved. This process...


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BQX Connector Project Gets a Streetcar Czar

BQX Connector Project Gets a Streetcar Czar

On July 15 2016, City Hall announced that Adam Giambrone had been appointed to lead Mayor de Blasio’s BQX Connector project. Giambrone spent years working on developing Transit City, a system of suburban streetcars, only to have the project canceled by Mayor Rob Ford shortly after taking office in...


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East River Bridge Tolls Proposals

East River Bridge Tolls Proposals

Attention drivers! Legislation was introduced in the State Senate in June by State Senator Andrew Lanza of Staten Island that proposes a $5 toll (provided drivers have EZPass) on the Queensboro Bridge. Lanza’s plan would also involve reducing charges on other bridges that are currently tolled, such as the...


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Brooklyn Queens Connector Meeting in Astoria

Brooklyn Queens Connector Meeting in Astoria

On June 14, the first Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) community meeting was held at the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Astoria. Residents had many questions about Mayor de Blasio’s street-car proposal, including what would be the best street for such a venture, how much the project would cost, and...


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Voice Your Opinion On The Brooklyn-Queens Connector

Voice Your Opinion On The Brooklyn-Queens Connector

The BQX Connector, a proposed streetcar line between Astoria and Sunset Park, is moving closer to becoming a reality. A newly released City report says that the 17-mile Brooklyn-Queens trolley is a feasible plan. The study finds that existing bridges could be modified to accommodate the streetcars and that...


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1 EDC map of the new ferry routes

Astoria Ferry Service Launching June 2017

The City announced today that new Citywide Ferry Service will begin in June 2017. For the price of just one subway ride, riders can travel from Astoria to East 34th street in approximately 22 minutes and from Astoria to Wall Street in about 40 minutes. The boats will carry


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RUMORS AND OPINIONS ABOUT NEW FERRY SERVICE

RUMORS AND OPINIONS ABOUT NEW FERRY SERVICE

There’s no official word yet from the City, but rumors are swirling that the Economic Development Corporation has picked an operator for the new East River Ferry. Crain’s New York was the first to break the news that Hornblower Cruises will get the contract to run the new ferries...


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HELLGATE BRIDGE TURNING 100

HELLGATE BRIDGE TURNING 100

This year marks the one hundredth birthday of one of Astoria’s most photographed structure: the Hell Gate Bridge. It was built to connect rail lines in New York with New England and later served as the model for Australia’s famous Sydney Harbor Bridge. To mark the anniversary, several local...


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STREETCAR FROM ASTORIA TO BROOKLYN PROPOSED

STREETCAR FROM ASTORIA TO BROOKLYN PROPOSED

Have you heard about the BQX Connector? It’s a proposed streetcar line running from along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park. When Mayor DiBlasio announced the project a few weeks ago he said that a ride from Astoria to Williamsburg would take about 27 minutes and cost...


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