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What’s wrong with the 7 train? #AskTheMTA

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March 25, 2016 By Christian Murray

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and a Queens-based subway advocacy group are hosting a town hall meeting next month where residents will be able to question MTA officials about 7-train service.

The event, which will take place on April 5th at Sunnyside Community Services (details below), will provide residents with an opportunity to meet the newly-appointed MTA NYC Transit President Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim and field questions.

The announcement of the meeting comes just two months after Van Bramer lambasted the state-run agency at a press conference in the district, arguing that 7-train service is unreliable and riders are often left waiting on overcrowded platforms.

This town hall will not be a traditional meeting, organizers say. The event will take on a social media component where residents will be able to field questions via the hashtag #AskTheMTA on Facebook or Twitter from now through to the day of the event.

Residents can also e-mail questions via info@accessqueens.org

Melissa Orlando, executive director of Access Queens, the advocacy group that runs the Facebook Page 7 Train Blues, said the social media component is an important component of the meeting.

Orlando said that the MTA will be able to get residents’ questions ahead of the meeting and will not have to tell the audience “‘we don’t have that information here, we’ll have to get back to you,’” she said.

Van Bramer will be monitoring the questions and will notify the MTA of what’s being asked ahead of the meeting.

Orlando said her aim is not to have a contentious meeting.

“There is someone new in charge of MTA NYC Transit and I hope it’s the beginning of a conversation that is constructive. I hope it will lead to an ongoing dialogue.”

The town hall will feature a presentation concerning the installation and implementation of the Communications-based Train Control (CBTC) system, which has led to weekend service closures in Long Island City for about eight weekends each year and spotty service overall.

“We want to get an update as to where they are in the process,” Orlando said. “Do they still predict that we will get two more trains per hour when it’s completed? What about countdown clocks?”

After the CBTC presentation, Van Bramer will take the online questions and ask the MTA officials.

Following that, residents will be able to form a line and ask questions the traditional way.

DETAILS:

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Place: Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St, Sunnyside, NY 11104 [View Map] (Take the 7 Train to 40th St)

RSVP on Facebook, Join 7 Train Blues on Facebook or Twitter. Watch AccessQueens.org for event updates and a full recap.

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Brandon

Hi all, everyone has valid points.

With the upcoming town hall on April 5, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm, please send any questions you have to Access Queens or use #AskTheMTA on Facebook or Twitter or your question won’t be found! Learn more: http://bit.ly/1VNvcjr

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Danjo

I work the midnight shift. The 7 train is crowded at 11:00 o’clock at night. But there is a train pulling every 5 minutes or so.

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Luvu2

Yelling at the mta will not help . This is a feel good session . Btw new station at Hudson yards already been falling apart . Your tax dollars at work

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rikki

exactly there are far too many people relying on the 7 train into Manhattan at all the wrong hours…..this will be a part of your life forever.

another idea is a N7 train which will run on the N tracks to queensboro plaza then switch to a 7 express

again the problem is all the work on the 7 train will increase capacity like 20% when we need a 50% increase.

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click clack

the track gauge is the same. the car body and tunnels are shaped differently. letter trains cannot go through number train tunnels.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

Let’s be realistic and serious – The MTA 2015-2019 Capital Plan was not approved by the Capital Program Review Board for the following reasons, in which the MTA still needs $7.3B for their program that was unfunded: 1) The MOVE NY Fair Tolling Plan and other forms of congestion pricing in NYC are out of the question because many elected officials and their constituents in the outer boroughs are firmly opposed these, due to the fact that some people have no other transportation options except driving a motorized vehicle point a to point b and they are the part of the working class; 2) The need for increased taxes in the MTA region are out of the question because both Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Republican Led State Senate are firmly opposed these; 3) The need for kicking the can down the road or playing political football by putting is now out of the question because remember, by June 30 of this year, the MTA are running out of their own money for not only this capital plan, but for billions upon billions of dollars in deferred maintenance via the state of good repair; 4) Borrow the $7.3B via bonds, which could lead to 7.3% fare and toll hikes on the top of the biennial 4% fare and toll hikes for bridges, tunnels, subways, buses and commuter rail; 5) A major dispute between Upstate New York, where they needed $22B for road and bridge maintenance, and Downstate New York, where they need $7.3B for mass transit maintenance; and 6) It is not only either a local, city, or state issue, but also a national issue – look at what’s going on in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. (with the Metro once was shutting down for a day), Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco (with BART was suffering major delays), and Los Angeles, where dozens upon billions of dollars in deferred maintenance are needed to be funded. Disclaimer: I am a Riders Alliance Member who is with many of my brethren during the MTA Board Meeting on that day. Note: Before you criticize me, take yourself in the mirror and ask yourself: Is NYC will have a next fiscal crisis because of this? And don’t mention about fare evasion by the riders or the taxpayers who are footed the bill for this: That is the least of our problems. Disclaimer: Keep in mind that the MTA Chairman and CEO had said that they are taking this seriously as a long term project. The reasons: 1) According to the most recent U.S. Census in 2014, over 8.6 Million people are living in the 5 Boroughs, with the highest is in Queens, with a 5% increase; 2) Therefore, the more people coming in to a city, the more need for better public transportation in the short-term, the median term, and the long-term; and 3) Even the State Comptroller and now the NYC DOT Commissioner, who is also a Board Member of the MTA had said that this project is a big deal. As a peacemaker, let’s come to a major consensus between your Queen Public Transit Committee, as well as my Riders Alliance and their allies, such as the Straphangers Campaign and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Let’s bury the hatchet. BTW, the City of New Still owns it: It is the step in the right direction. However: The biggest obstacle is Governor Cuomo, and we all have a grunge on him, being a person who loves driving, even though he was born and raised in your home Borough in Queens. So Phil, I will put you, Allen Rosen, and all of your members of the Queens Public Transit Committee to look at the mirror and ask yourself: If you want the Rockaway Beach Branch to be reactivated for transit use, are you going after: 1) Governor Cuomo; 2) The State Legislature; 3) The Trust for Public Land; 4) The NYC DOT; or 5) Other Transportation Advocates such as the Riders Alliance. And don’t blame on me: I I am just a “Rogue,” Freelance Reporter. Also, one other thing: you can check out the video made by the same transit advocacy group that I am a member of, the Riders Alliance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-wa7swrx2c. Or go to Twitter using #CuomosMTA. To the commenters of this blog, after watching this video, then look at the mirror and ask yourself: Is this the time that we fighting for all citizens? Finally, in terms of the MOVE NY Plan, I know that there is a likelihood that it will pass through the Republican Led State Senate and the Governor in the short term. Unless there is a major domino effect: 1) The deadline for finding a reasonable, source of general funding for the MTA 2015-2019 Capital Plan is due on April 1, where the state budget is due; 2) The MTA Chairman and CEO had warned that the MTA will be running out of money for capital projects after June 30 of this year, so kicking the can down the road is out of the question realistically; 3) If this happens, then the subway, bus and commuter rail systems in the MTA region will be deteriorating to the gory days of the 1970s and the 1980s; 4) The fiscal crisis will be starting to loom, which could result in the decline in the NYC economy; 5) Although the most recent U.S. Census had said that there are over 8.6 million people living in NYC, I will assume that some people will be moving out to the suburbs or in another state; 6) Who is the blame for all of this? Governor Andrew Cuomo because he make all the final decisions towards the MTA; 7) Who will pay for all of this despite that there is tens of billions of dollars in deferred maintenance? My millennial generation as well future generations, since I am a 24 year old recent college graduate. This is the dire reality we are facing right now and realistically: The MOVE NY plan will have a chance to go through at the most perfect timing possible.

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rikki

Again look at LIC its a ghost town at night holidays weekends….plenty of parking, my idea is to offer reverse tax credits like prime time pricing….the more employees you have working 2nd 3rd shift nights holidays weekends and from home the more tax credits you get….

no tax breaks if you work 9-5 m-f…..and let businesses figure this out.. for example no respectable DJ will discount your wedding in june but in january sure will.

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click clack

lic is not going to be a ghost town much longer. they are putting in many family friendly upscale complexes. and with that comes the restaurants and the bars.

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rikki

there is NOTHING wrong with the 7 train…..whats wrong is way too many people work 9-5 M-F in manhattan and are vastly overloading the system………

start thinking outside the box, reverse commute to flushing or kew gardens…work from home 2-3 days a week, start work at 6 or 11 am….

it will be this way for the rest of your life before a new tunnel is ever built.

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Craic Dealer

My questions is why does the MTA double dip? MTA charges riders AND charges for adds. And the MTA still is a money pit. They need to be held accountable! Dismantle the MTA!

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Sean

-craic dealer You never have an entire answer, your always short on fact and details. Always! MTA receives fares from riders, revenue from advertising, revenue from rental property, grants from the federal Gov’t, one time realized gains from the sale of property. There is much more money going to the MTA then your $2.75.

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Theorem Ox

Don’t forget the “Metropolitan Commuter Trapostation District” tax and the “Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax”?

It’s baked into the NYC sales tax and is also deducted in your paycheck.

Pretty much no incentive for the MTA to earn their keep when they can simply steal from everybody who’s forced to pay whether they use or even benefit indirectly from the MTA. (Latter is a particular sore point for those who live and work in far off suburban areas where the MTA offers no service yet those taxes still apply).

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Anonymous

Realistically, that directive has to go to NYC businesses. People who have bosses don’t often get to decide that even though office hours are 9-5, they are special snowflakes who get to set their own hours and work 11-7. That’s also not very realistic for parents. Too many businesses manage by watching to see who is at their desk by 9 am, and who stays to 5 pm. Change that, and people will be happy to adopt flexible hours outside the 9-5 norm of today.

BTW, have you ever actually noticed just how full the trains are at 7:30 am, only a few stops from midtown?

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Longtime resident

Realistically, that directive has to go to NYC businesses. People who have bosses don’t often get to decide that even though office hours are 9-5, they are special snowflakes who get to set their own hours and work 11-7. That’s also not very realistic for parents. Too many businesses manage by watching to see who is at their desk by 9 am, and who stays to 5 pm. Change that, and people will be happy to adopt flexible hours outside the 9-5 norm of today.

BTW, have you ever actually noticed just how full the trains are at 7:30 am, only a few stops from midtown?

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Sunnyside Citizen

thats un-realistic not everyone’s jobs allow them to work from home, or work awkward hours. Please be more insightful in the future.

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longtime resident

The argument is definitely not that everyone is able to work from home or have flexible hours. The argument is that those who can should be able to do so to alleviate rush hour madness. Do you see the difference? Bob in accounting can probably work from home two days a week, no problem. Only an abject moron would suggest Gary, an ER nurse, can work from home.

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Anonymous visitor

How much money are you making ? Jobs are like apartments. They pay three times as much in Manhattan that is why everyone works there.

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longtime resident

Not true. Employers in LIC, Brooklyn, etc are looking at candidates from the metro area, and the competition includes Manhattan businesses. Try to pay a lower wage because the job is in Queens, and your pool of candidates shrinks considerably.

Never let an employer feed you this load of bull.

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rikki

huh? i would gladly make less to just hop on the q39 or q67 bus and never have to deal with the 7 train……if making every last dollar is that important to you then stop complaining about the 7 train…more money means more sardine commutes

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