Tishman Speyer and H&R REIT Have Chance To Link Two Key Long Island City Subway Stations

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  1. David says:

    Tall and tall I call development in the city, it is possible to see construction shows the new structure always.

  2. stan chaz says:

    Even without the added hordes of riders from the upcoming L trai shutdown, the Number 7 connection to the G/E/M trains is ALREADY dangerous at rush hours. Coming up the escalator one slams into a crowd trying to walk up the stairs to the Queens bound 7 train. It’s a recipe for disaster if there no room to get off the escalator and you’re pushed back onto the people already on the escalator who obviously have no where to go. Any nearby transfer points such as the article descibes would help alleviate this dangerous overcrowding at nearby Cort Square.

  3. stan chaz says:

    Thats “Court Square” and l TRAIN.shutdown

  4. Warlock says:

    Could this connection be designed and completed in time for the L train shutdown? Or is a makeshift, fenced-in connection at grade (ground/street) level between the Queens Plaza and Queensboro Plaza Stations the plan until the underground connecting tunnel could be completed at a future date? Also, would it be possible to create a special district/zone so that development within the area could finance the new transit transfer/hub if the developers balk at the plan or propose insufficient funding to allow for ample escalators/elevators for the amount of people who will be using the stations as LIC becomes further developed with high-rise buildings? For example, should Tishman Speyer and H&R REIT be solely responsible for the private sector’s contribution to fund this connection/transfer when other nearby properties that also stand to benefit (e.g., the many other residential, commercial and hotel projects completed and/or proposed) get a “free ride”? In any event, props to YIMBY for putting this much needed connection between these stations on the table for discussion!

  5. city guy says:

    Western Queens subway stations and trains almost maxed out as it is. No one cares about infrastructure anymore. When all these high rises are fully occupied the subway stations and trains will be pushed beyond safe loading conditions.

  6. Richard Grayson says:

    For years, I used my unlimited MetroCard to go outside from the G train to the elevated 7 train, and unlimited MetroCard users can still do that if they want to avoid crowds. The new connector is great, but the old connection for those of us who can afford unlimited MetroCards was okay, unless the weather outside was horribly rainy or snowy.

  7. city guy says:

    Only a proposal. AFAIK developers have not been contacted. If construction starts tomorrow it will take until at least 2022 to complete if not longer. You can’t force a developer to build the connection.

  8. s. says:

    Still wont happen.. At least terminal Queens Plaza station E,R,M connection to Queensboro plaza station N , Q, 7.. When you have Sunnyside Yard Amtrak , New Jersey Transit rail yard need to be expanded & when you have Long Island Rail Yard Steinway street yard need rebuilt , Long Island City station or Hunters Point avenue LIRR station need rebuilt… etc. How can these project be deal with. Rebuilt Sunnyside Yard Amtrak yard , New Jersey Transit rail road , when think Queensboro plaza station later etc. 1. Rebuilt Sunnyside yard Amtrak yard , Rebuilt Hunter Points Avenue Long Island Rail Road

  9. Walt Gekko says:

    This is why when the (L) shuts down in two years, the MTA needs to look at extending the (G) (M) and (R) at all times to 179th Street. That would allow the (G) to stop at Queens Plaza and allow people who need the Broadway Line to do a more simple transfer there. It’s also why I would be adding OOS transfers between the (G) at Fulton Street and the 2/3/4/5/B/D/N/Q/R at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the MTA encouraging as many people as possible to use that route if they have to transfer from the (L) at Lorimer.

  10. eileen bauer says:

    about time…

  11. mythoughts says:

    Great idea.

  12. Anonymous says:

    So congestion could reach “dangerous levels” once the L train shuts down, but no real mention of what happens to these levels after all of the towers are completed? I am more worried about all of the people they are introducing to the neighborhood through all of the current and proposed residential/hotel development. Again, Court Square is very much overdeveloped.

  13. SC says:

    An elevator to the mezzanine of the Queensboro Plaza station in the median of the elevated structure likely isn’t structurally possible – the top of the elevator shaft would vertically intrude into the 7-train track above. Plus, to make the station ADA-compliant, you would have to add a second elevator between the mezzanine and the two platforms above; since the platforms are right above the roadway, the bottom of any elevator installed to the platforms would vertically intrude into the roadway space below.

  14. David says:

    The OOS transfer is a good idea, but there is not enough track capacity at Queens Plaza to run the G past Court Square.

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