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Assemblymen urge restoration of LIRR Rockaway Line

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 23, District 38 on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

Two state assemblyman and transit advocates are pushing for the old Rockaway Beach line of the Long Island Rail Road to run trains again after a 50-year absence. Rehabilitating the line would ease the commutes of those in southern Queens, Assemblymen Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) said Friday as they stood in [...]

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Schumer calls for LIRR rider bill of rights

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Congress, U.S. Senate on October 13, 2011 | No Comments

A little over a week after a lighting strike at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station caused hours of delays, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the railroad Monday to voluntarily implement a protocol in order to better inform passengers and protect their safety during service disruptions and delays. In a letter sent [...]

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$14B capital program will harm MTA operating budget: DiNapoli

Posted by Philip Newman in State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the MTA’s plan to borrow more than $14 billion could further imperil the agency’s financial straits. “The MTA is in a very difficult position as it struggles to hold together a strained operating budget while proposing the largest borrowing program in its history to fund capital projects,” DiNapoli said. In [...]

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Sunnyside rail junction to get $295M in federal dollars

Posted by Philip Newman in Congress, District 14, Governor, U.S. House on September 1, 2011 | No Comments

The federal government has made available $295 million to improve a Queens railroad bottleneck in Sunnyside and provide a major step in opening the way for high-speed rail from New York to Boston. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said the U.S. Department of Transportation money would also create 9,213 jobs and provide a $585.9 million [...]