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Improved bus service in New York is possible

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As we know, New York buses are the slowest in the US. They don’t go on schedule, and the services are deteriorating every year. For these reasons, the number of residents who ride buses dropped 21% from 2002 to 2017.

Recently the MTA has announced a complete redesign of New York’s bus routes and presenting an all door boarding. Bus riders in New York are usually immigrants and minorities, and therefore they have lower incomes than the subway riders. Buses are also important for people with disabilities because not many subway stations in New York are wheelchair accessible. Besides, buses are imperative in improving connections in the areas of the city where there are not many subway stations.

Mayor de Blasio’s administration has a bus system improvement plan, Select Bus Service, but within this program only 2 or 3 routes are upgraded each year. What is needed is the Mayor’s support of the new bus improvement plan.

Medical personnel and home health care helpers spend the longest time commuting to their place of work. They mainly live in the remote areas and often need to travel to Manhattan or other places in the city center.

The problem is partially in traffic congestion on New York streets. But there are two effective strategies that helped solve similar problems in other big cities around the world: priority at traffic signals and dedicated bus lanes. Even though the bus lanes in New York are often occupied by other vehicles, their presence still improves buses’ travel speed.

Changing a traffic signal from red to green when a bus is approaching will also solve a lot of problems with bus traffic.

The suggestion for de Blasio is installing signal priority on about 20 new routes yearly and to provide 10 new bus lanes. Let’s see if he will do it in the nearest future.

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LIRR Weekend Parking Guide

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LIRR STATIONS WITH UNRESTRICTED WEEKEND PARKING

Unrestricted parking refers to any lot that is open to both residents and non-residents on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of residency. Parking spaces may, however, require a daily parking fee.  

Note: Stations with an asterisk* may require a parking permit in some of the lots

Babylon Branch

  • Babylon*
  • Lindenhurst
  • Copiague
  • Amityville*
  • Massapequa Park
  • Massapequa
  • Seaford
  • Wantagh
  • Bellmore
  • Merrick
  • Freeport
  • Baldwin

City Zone Stations

  • Kew Gardens

Far Rockaway Branch Stations

  • Far Rockaway
  • Lawrence*
  • Cedarhurst*
  • Woodmere
  • Hewlett
  • Gibson*
  • Valley Stream*
  • Rosedale*
  • Laurelton

Hempstead Branch Stations

  • Hempstead
  • Country Life Press*
  • Floral Park*
  • Bellerose*
  • Queens Village

Long Beach Branch Stations

  • Long Beach*
  • Oceanside
  • East Rockaway*
  • Centre Avenue*
  • Lynbrook

Montauk Branch Stations

  • Montauk
  • Amagansett
  • East Hampton
  • Bridgehampton
  • Southampton
  • Hampton Bays
  • Westhampton
  • Speonk
  • Mastic-Shirley
  • Bellport
  • Patchogue*
  • Sayville
  • Oakdale
  • Great River
  • Islip
  • Bay Shore*

Oyster Bay Branch Stations

  • Oyster Bay
  • Locust Valley
  • Glen Cove
  • Glen Street
  • Sea Cliff
  • Glen Head
  • Greenvale*
  • Roslyn
  • Albertson
  • East Williston*

Port Jefferson Branch Stations

  • Port Jefferson
  • Stony Brook
  • St James
  • Smithtown
  • Kings Park
  • Northport
  • Greenlawn
  • Huntington*
  • Cold Spring Harbor
  • Syosset
  • Hicksville
  • Westbury
  • Carle Place
  • Mineola
  • Merillon Avenue*
  • New Hyde Park *

Port Washington Branch Stations

  • Port Washington
  • Manhasset
  • Little Neck
  • Douglaston
  • Broadway
  • Flushing/Main Street

Ronkonkoma Branch Stations

  • Greenport
  • Southold
  • Mattituck
  • Yaphank
  • Medford
  • Ronkonkoma
  • Central Islip
  • Brentwood
  • Deer Park
  • Wyandanch*
  • Farmingdale
  • Bethpage

West Hempstead Branch Stations

  • West Hempstead
  • Lakeview
  • Malverne*
  • Westwood

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Q train conductor punched in head at Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100

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Frank Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises and was hospitalized in stable condition.

A Q train conductor was hospitalized after getting sucker punched while on the job Tuesday, according to police and the transit union.

An unidentified man believed to be in his 30s or 40s struck the conductor, Frank Sbano, 60, after Sbano’s Brighton Beach-bound train arrived at the Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100 and an NYPD spokesman.

“I was just nailed in the head. I have no idea why,” Sbano, of Staten Island, told the union. “I was looking to make sure everyone was getting on and off and the next thing I knew, I got nailed.”

Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises on his head and was transported in stable condition to Kings County Hospital, where he was awaiting a CT scan.

TWU Local 100 president Tony Utano said it was just the latest in a spate of MTA worker assaults. He called for the authority to launch a voluntary body camera program for train crews in order to help police catch riders who assault workers.

“This will help authorities identify, arrest and prosecute those who are responsible for these attacks,” Utano said in a statement. “Cameras must only be used as a deterrent to criminal assaults and for evidence gathering when an assault occurs and never for worker surveillance.”

It was not immediately clear why the attack took place and no arrests have been made, the police spokesman said.

MTA chairman Joseph Lhota pledged to work to keep workers safe. The MTA did not provide statistics on worker-related assaults.

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New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibition is an ode to the subway in comic form

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The New York Transit Museum is getting ready to roll out a new exhibition that takes a fun look into the history of the New York transit system in comics.

Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics” 

is being described by the museum as a “raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers and draws on satirical cartoons, comic strips, and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries.” The exhibit will include contributions from cartoonists like Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, and others that have crafted comics that illustrate the influence of mass transit on various stories.

 

“Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics”

 takes you on an incredible journey and highlights the simultaneous coming of age of the region’s mass transit systems and of comic books,” said Museum Director Concetta Bencivenga in a press release. “The foundation of each was built by immigrants who made New York their home and the influence of both mass transit and the comic book genre have expanded well beyond Gotham’s city limits. It is an honor to bring this exhibit to the public and share this rich history.”

The exhibition will also include panel discussions, gallery talks, and sketch nights. Catch the exhibition on display from June 21 through January 6, 2019.

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