MTA survey offers $5 for opinion on service

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-02 16:47:44-04

The LIRR is conducting a survey about service for some targeted areas in Queens.

Two members of Congress, a City Council Member and the President of the Railroad announced in June it would focus on restoring service to the Elmhurst (Queens) LIRR station on the Port Washington line.

Surveys are being sent out to addresses within a 2.5 mile radius of Elmhurst and Sunnyside. An initial press release described the survey area as a radius around the proposed Elmhurst station.

The postcards announced that the actual survey would arrive in the coming days. A $5 reward was also promised for filling out the survey.

Following up after this report, the LIRR says the railroad is also seeking input on a potential site for an LIRR station in Sunnyside at Queens Blvd and Skillman Avenue.

“Support for the Elmhurst location has coalesced over the last two years or so,” an LIRR spokesperson says. “The proposal for a station at the Sunnyside location actually dates back many years and was part of the overall plan for East Side Access, which will bring the LIRR to a new terminal under Grand Central Terminal in 2019.”

The LIRR is trying to determine which of the two would be the best site.

The MTA and LIRR will monitor the NYC-based research firm administering the survey. It’s estimated to cost $104,000. The MTA will be covering the $5 participation reward.