The most recent bombast from the great dictator:
Mike's Plan for a Better NYC Transit System
Reopening dormant LIRR stations in underserved neighborhoods
* Several LIRR stations in Queens have long been closed, depriving residents of an additional mass transit option, even though the trains continue to pass through their neighborhoods
* The MTA should reopen the Glendale, Richmond Hill and Elmhurst LIRR stations, all of which would also be eligible for the expanded CityTicket program
Elmhurst, on the Port Washington Line, has frequent service direct to NYC. But there is a subway station one block away.
Glendale and Richmond Hill are on the Montauk Line, which means the ride dead-ends at the now infamous LIC station. Riders would then have to walk to the #7 train and pay another $2.25 to get to NYC. Currently there is only one westbound train in the morning and one eastbound train in the evening.
As the NY Times mentioned in 1998 when Richmond Hill and Glendale closed:
The L.I.R.R. is abandoning the five Queens stations and five others in Nassau and Suffolk Counties because they are deemed too "lightly used" to justify the cost of necessary renovations. It would take an estimated $260,000 to $2.25 million per station, L.I.R.R. officials say, to modify them to comply with Federal requirements on access for the disabled and accommodate the railroad's new double-decker diesel trains.
And that was in 1998 money. God knows how much that would cost now. Hey, maybe we can throw more federal stimulus money down the tubes for this.
Glendale didn't even have a platform when it closed and certainly doesn't now.
So what idiot at the Bloomberg campaign came up with this? Does this guy even know the details about what he's proposing?
Should be fun today if he's allowed to take questions during his 10:30am appearance at the Glendale Diner which was meant to promote this.
Thompson and Avella should be all over this as more proof that this guy is out of touch with reality and not a very good manager.