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Metro-North Railroad Won’t Add Queens Train Stop, Despite Student’s Petition

Metro-North Railroad train at the Croton-Harmon Station - Croton-on-Hudson, NY - Jul 20, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Metro-North Railroad train at the Croton-Harmon Station – Croton-on-Hudson, NY – Jul 20, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told 1010 WINS that, despite a college student’s petition to open a train stop in Queens, it won’t be happening anytime soon.

Whitestone resident Ali Fadil commutes from Queens to the Quinnipiac College in Connecticut. He began collecting signatures for the petition since hearing of the MTA’s feasibility study of running trains on Metro-North’s New Haven line through Queens.

“If you’re running through Queens, why not have a stop in Queens?” Fadil said in a statement to the Daily News.

The MTA says it did a market analysis and an elevated station in Queens doesn’t make sense financially. The Astoria station Fadil is proposing was looked at but was dropped because of the cost.

“There isn’t really enough ridership to justify the high cost of building what would be an elevated station.” said Marjorie Anders, MTA spokeswoman.

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“I’m not gonna say it’s not a good idea, it’s just a very costly idea compared to the four stations that are under study in the Bronx, the stations that are on the ground,” Anders said.