From the Daily News:
A college student from Queens has launched a petition urging the MTA to open a Metro-North station in Queens.
Quinnipiac University sophomore Ali Fadil, 18, of Whitestone, began collecting signatures about two weeks ago after he learned the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was looking at running trains on Metro-North’s New Haven line through western Queens.
“If you’re running through Queens, why not have a stop in Queens?” said Fadil, who commutes from Queens to Connecticut for school.
“There is a decent amount of demand from Queens to the Bronx and from Queens to Westchester and Connecticut,” said Fadil, who has collected more than a hundred signature so far on the petition, www.gopetition.com/petitions/petition-to-get-a-metro-north-new-haven-line-station-in.html.
The MTA is exploring opening up four new Bronx stations along its New Haven line and offering service to and from Penn Station.
MTA officials said there are no plans to open a station in Queens — a borough that doesn’t have any Metro-North stops.
An Astoria station was considered years ago but was deemed too expensive to build on an elevated platform for a relatively low number of riders, officials said.
However, the agency is conducting a feasibility study on running Metro-North trains on Amtrak lines, which go over the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria.
The study “does not contemplate any new stations in Queens,” MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said.
Sorry, the MTA is too busy building stations to nowhere in Manhattan.