NEW YORK STATE SENATE OFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS For Immediate Release July 16, 2012 Contact: Anna

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GIANARIS DEMANDS QUEENS BE INCLUDED IN ANY MTA SERVICE RESTORATIONS Letter asks MTA to reinstate W subway line and QM22 express bus following reports of service restorations throughout the city Queens, NY – As part of his ongoing effort to improve transportation in western Queens, Senator Michael Gianaris is calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to include two previously terminated Queens transit routes on the agency’s list of services to be reinstated. Senator Gianaris is sending a letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota requesting the W subway line and the QM22 express bus, both of which were eliminated in 2010 due to budget cuts, be returned to service. Prompted by recent reports that the MTA is looking to restore services, primarily in Brooklyn and the Bronx, Senator Gianaris would like to see the same consideration given to terminated services in Queens. “Recent transit cuts have been a burden on western Queens residents, who rely heavily on mass transit to get to and from work every day,” Senator Gianaris said. “While it is nice to hear the MTA speak of restorations, service improvements must include Queens, which has suffered as much as any borough due to recent cutbacks.” Since the 2010 cuts, Senator Gianaris has fought for better service in western Queens, including ensuring that necessary subway construction take place during off-peak hours, the provision of shuttle buses for commuters needing access to stations closed due to construction, and addressing unreliable and lengthy waits for the subway. He also advocated for the reinstatement of the QM22 bus, having participated in a petition drive and sent a letter to the MTA calling on the agency to restore the line last year. ### http://www.scribd.com/SenatorMikeGianaris www.gianaris.nysenate.gov