From CBS New York:
Officials in Queens have called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to do more to help Long Island City businesses in the face of planned weekend shutdowns on the 7 line this year.
The MTA announced last month that it will shut down the line between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square for 13 weekends between the end of this month and July.
The authority said the shutdowns are necessary for maintenance and signal work.
Queens officials argue that halting the line for such an extended period of time will isolate residents in the neighborhood.
The city councilman and other Queens officials met with MTA officials on Thursday to discuss ways in which the authority could help local businesses while the 7 line is down.
Van Bramer said he wants the MTA to subsidize East River ferry service to Manhattan and allow customers to use MetroCards while train service is down. He said ferry service would be just a few minutes door-to-door from Long Island City to Midtown and that it would only cost $4 a ride.
Officials also want the MTA to provide express bus service to and from Manhattan, a request that has been made before, as well as a campaign promoting Long Island City businesses while the line is halted.
Whatever happened to caveat emptor? This work has been going on for decades, it's not something new. No one was crying before LIC got yuppified. "Halting the line for such an extended period of time will isolate residents in the neighborhood..." Good, so they can spend their money at local businesses.