Saturday, October 7, 2023

Senator James Sanders Jr. and other Elected Leaders Call for Building QueensLink Subway to Support Transit Equity and Jobs at Rally in City Park

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Senator James Sanders Jr. and
other Elected Leaders Call for
Building QueensLink Subway to
Support Transit Equity and
Jobs at Rally in City Park

Senator James Sanders Jr. and other Elected Leaders Call for Building QueensLink Subway to Support Transit Equity and Jobs at Rally in City Park
New York, NY) NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Senator James Sanders Jr., NY State Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato, NYS Assemblymember Khaleel Anderson, NYC Council Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers and others spoke at a rally today in City Hall Park to advocate for establishing the QueensLink Subway to support transit equity and jobs for Queens. Speakers called on Governor Kathy Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams to conduct Environmental and Economic Impact Studies on reusing the abandoned 3.5 mile Rockaway Beach Branch right of way, before it is used for any other purpose. In light of congestion pricing, QueensLink would provide South Queens commuters with the only viable way to reach Midtown Manhattan using public transit.
Speakers at the rally in support of QueensLink included: Jumaane Williams, NYC Public Advocate; James Sanders Jr., NYS State Senator, Chair of the Committee on Banks; Khaleel Anderson, NY State Assemblymember; Stacey Pheffer Amato, NY State Assemblymember ; Selvena Brooks-Powers, NYC Council Member, Chair of the Committee on Transportation; Robert Holden, NYC Council Member, Chair of the Committee on Veterans; Joann Ariola, NYC Council Member; and Nantasha Williams, NYC Council Member. Richard Davis, TWU Local 100 President, also supports QueensLink.
QueensLink would be Queens Borough’s first north-south subway. The QueensLink project would include four new stations with transfers to the A, J/Z, EFR, and 7 trains, and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). In addition, this initiative would establish nearly 33 acres of new parks and protected bike paths along the right-of-way. Residents of southern Queens currently endure some of the longest commutes in the nation. Building a sustainable, cost-effective transit corridor would significantly reduce car congestion and emissions. QueensLink would provide subway access for at least 47,000 daily riders.

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Sponsors of the event include: Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (RISE), Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition (FRANC), Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), Transport Workers Union Local 100, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and the Riders Alliance.
NY State Senator James Sanders Jr said, “Queens Borough is home to over 2.4 million residents. Yet, much of Southeast Queens lacks good mass transit access to other parts of the City. QueensLink would solve this major problem while significantly reducing car congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. This project would create many jobs and spur economic development. QueensLink is what is necessary to improve public health and address climate change for now and future generations to come. Queens can move into the 21st century for mass transit with QueensLink. It’s a game changer for Queens, the City and the State.”

NY State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said, "Public transportation is crucial in the day to day lives of Queens residents, especially my constituents who face the longest commute times in the entire city. Expanded public transportation access is long overdue for the commuters of Queens, and QueensLink needs our support. It’s time for our voices to be heard, and for an EIS to finally get funded!"
NY State Assemblymember Khaleel Anderson said, "I am joining QueensLink in their call upon the Mayor and Governor to ask for a full comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Southeast Queens is in need of expanded transportation alternatives beyond downtown Jamaica. Conducting a thorough EIS for QueensLink is crucial to acquiring the necessary insights that will not only advance transit equity and economic progress throughout Southeast Queens and beyond while balancing quality of life concerns of our northern neighbors."
For generations, outer borough communities of color have not received a proportionate share of the City’s investment,” said NYC Council Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “Too many communities – like the one I represent – remain transit deserts, underserved by the City’s core public transit network. QueensLink could help address this legacy of underinvestment by placing more Queens residents within reach of the City’s subway system. That is why I am proud to sponsor a resolution calling on the MTA to conduct a comprehensive Environmental Impact Study on the viability of this project. I am grateful to QueensLink advocates for their work to spotlight transit equity in New York City.”
NYC Council Member Robert Holden said, “We live in a transportation desert where connectivity is lacking. Any project that offers sensible solutions and expands our transportation options is a welcome step toward a brighter future.”
South Queens is known as a transportation desert, and QueensLink gives us an opportunity to change that,” NYC Councilwoman Joann Ariola said. “This is why it is so important to push for an environmental impact study, so that we can take the first steps towards making this dream a reality.”
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