2000-04-22 / Front Page

Cummings Says:

‘Renovate Mott Ave. Station’

Requests $2.3M In Funding

 





Renovation of the Far Rockaway/Mott avenue subway station could be a reality if Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings has her way.
Renovation of the Far Rockaway/Mott avenue subway station could be a reality if Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings has her way.

Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings, in a continued effort to improve the Far Rockaway community, has requested $2.3 million in funding from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for the renovation of the Far Rockaway/Mott avenue subway station and a new bus terminal for the Jamaica and Green Line buses at the Far Rockaway/Mott avenue stop.

In a letter to Speaker Silver, Assemblywoman Cummings said, "These projects are an utmost priority for my district."

Statistics from 1990 show that the average weekday passengers entering the Far Rockaway/Mott avenue subway station was 2,857 riders. In 1998 the figure was 3,621 daily riders, an increase of 26.7 percent. "In its present condition, this station represents a safety hazard," said Cummings. "It is poorly lit all night. The walk from the station to the parking lot presents an opportunity for would be criminals to prey upon their subjects. Also, the station fails to meet federal and state guidelines for handicapped accessibility."

Cummings also called for a new bus terminal to "protect riders from the elements of weather, improve lighting at the stop, reduce traffic congestion for buses and other private transportation needs, while giving elderly and disabled passengers greater accessibility to public transportation." Cummings suggested to Silver that if the city-owned parking lot adjacent to the Mott avenue stop was given to the MTA it would "be a great mix in this project."

Cummings will inform the community of any progress on this matter, as well as Silver’s response to her appeal. "Enhancements to the Far Rockaway/Mott avenue subway station will facilitate the continued increase in passenger usage at the station while providing a more modern facility for the future.

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