2003-04-19 / Community

Arverne Residents Rap ‘A’ Train

By Brian Magoolaghan
Arverne Residents Rap 'A' Train By Brian Magoolaghan

Arverne Residents Rap 'A' Train
By Brian Magoolaghan


The association's panel discusses the "A" Train with residents in attendance. Many riders are unhappy with the condition of the local subway. From left to right: Sarah Colson, ACA President Desmond Bailey, Councilman Sanders, MTA Superintendent Sonya Bond, MTA Community Relations Assistant Director Joseph Raskin, and NYPD Community Affairs Officer Kenneth Beecher.The association's panel discusses the "A" Train with residents in attendance. Many riders are unhappy with the condition of the local subway. From left to right: Sarah Colson, ACA President Desmond Bailey, Councilman Sanders, MTA Superintendent Sonya Bond, MTA Community Relations Assistant Director Joseph Raskin, and NYPD Community Affairs Officer Kenneth Beecher.

The MTA was told their "A" Train is filthy, and that its service is inconsistent and inadequate, at a recent meeting with the Arverne Civic Association (ACA).

"They're not in good shape and we know that," said Joseph B. Raskin, one of two representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), who attended.

"The stations are filthy and smell of urine and pigeon droppings," said the ACA Secretary Sarah Colson. "We can not tolerate this anymore," she fumed.

"Nobody is paying attention to Rockaway," said Arverne resident Marcia Loyd, of Beach 57 Street.


Raskin, right, and Bond, left. Raskin responds to a question about supervision of clean-up crews on the "A" line.Raskin, right, and Bond, left. Raskin responds to a question about supervision of clean-up crews on the "A" line.

Raskin provided a copy of the cleaning schedule for the Far Rockaway stations, and said, "If the cleaners are not there-tell me." He also hinted of a new pigeon control method, but did not say when changes would be seen in Rockaway and Broad Channel.

City Councilman James Sanders, Jr., said another major problem is that there are many more trains to Lefferts Boulevard than to Far Rockaway leaving from the Rockaway Boulevard stop. Others who commute on the "A" agreed.

Sonya D. Boyd, the "A" Line Superintendent, said in order to investigate specific complaints about trains she would need the time and direction of travel, in addition to the car number.

"We will monitor the situation for a period of time," said New York City Transit Spokesman James Anyansi.


The "A" Train pulls out of the Broad Channel station, a work crew stands on the platform.The "A" Train pulls out of the Broad Channel station, a work crew stands on the platform.

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