Press Release

Gillibrand: Congress Set To Give Final Approval For $600,000 To Revamp Queens Transportation Hub

Dec 10, 2009

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Congress is set
to give final approval for $600,000 to renovate Jamaica Station in
Queens in an effort to make the transportation hub safer and more
pedestrian-friendly. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of
the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this
year’s spending bill.

safety of our communities is a top priority of mine,” said Senator
Gillibrand. “This federal investment in the infrastructure of this
bustling transportation hub will provide safer access to the roads,
pedestrian plazas, trains and subways for drivers and pedestrians

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC), one of New York’s
oldest non-profit development corporations, will use the new federal
funding to renovate Jamaica Station’s intersection between Archer
Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard – a dangerous area prone to pedestrian
accidents. Each day, approximately 18,000 people traffic through this
key hub that provides AirTran light rail service to John F. Kennedy
Airport, four subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road and multiple
regional bus lines.

GJDC will use the $600,000 to create wider turning radius for buses,
expanded sidewalks, pedestrian plazas, improved subway exits, new
streets signs and lighting, and convenient retail stores for transit

House and Senate have each passed their version of the appropriations
bill, and today, Senator Gillibrand announced that the funding was
included in the final, combined version.