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District 22

Costa Constantinides

Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside

The Council of the City of New York
Office of Costa Constantinides
(718) 274-4500

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2018
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Elected Officials Send Letters to MTA Opposing Construction Projects

Astoria, N.Y. – State Senator Michael Gianaris, State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, and Council Member Costa Constantinides today sent a letter to the MTA New York City Transit President opposing the planned Station Renewal construction project at the Ditmars Boulevard Station unless it includes accessibility upgrades and service improvements.

The letter (view here) was sent following a rally they held with community advocacy groups and members of the public to oppose the Ditmars Boulevard project.

The officials wrote:

“The MTA must take this opportunity to make long-term infrastructure updates to the station. These infrastructure updates should include making the station accessible in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as track work and signal upgrades to improve subway service.

“If the MTA doesn’t comprehensively address infrastructure along our subway lines with long-term improvements including modernized signals and accessibility upgrades, it will continue to fail Astoria residents.”

They also sent a letter (view here) requesting shuttle bus service between subway stations that are completely shut down as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative.

“The MTA failed to take into account the effect these shutdowns and attendant street impediments would have on the numerous businesses along these busy corridors that depend on the foot traffic from these stations.

“Small businesses in our community must not have to continue suffering while these stations are closed for aesthetic enhancements.

“We respectfully request that you provide shuttle service or other relief to businesses and residents suffering because of the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations that are currently undergoing construction and for the Broadway and 39th Avenue stations that will be affected starting in July.”

Over 850 people have already signed a petition by the officials to oppose the construction.

Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on four additional committees: Parks, Transportation, For-Hire Vehicles, and Land Use, as well as the sub-committee on Zoning and Franchises. For more information, visit