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Jamaica Capacity Improvement Project Public Hearing

Updated Jul 27, 2023

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), on behalf of itself and its subsidiaries, will hold a public hearing pursuant to Article 2 of the New York State Eminent Domain Procedure Law (“EDPL”) on the proposed acquisition of permanent & temporary property interests in properties in the Borough of Queens for the Jamaica Capacity Improvement Project (“Project”). The hearing will review the public uses, benefits, purposes, and location of the Project, the impact the Project may have on the environment and residents of the area and will give the public an opportunity to comment on the Project and the proposed Property acquisition.

Description of the Project

The Jamaica Capacity Improvement Project represents MTA’s plan for the future of railroad operations through Long Island Rail Road’s (“LIRR”) Jamaica Station. The objectives for Phase 2 of the Project include raising maximum allowable train speeds, increasing train throughput, adding parallel routing capabilities, implementing universal 12-car platform capacity as well as state-of-good repair work through Jamaica Station. The Project includes the installation and upgrade of power systems, signals, and switches both east and west of Jamaica Station. In particular, the signal work includes the installation of multiple signal equipment platforms adjacent to the existing right-of-way. This public hearing includes property interests needed for the Project.

Public hearing details

When: Thursday, July 27, 2023, 6 p.m.

Where: St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Dangelo Building – Room 416

Virtual: Via Zoom

Livestream: YouTube

Phone: 1-929-436-2866 or 1-646-518-9805 (Meeting ID 884 8377 3779)

Registration details

Those wishing to pre-register to be heard at the Public Hearing must register online with this link. Verbal presentations will be limited to two (2) minutes. You may present verbal testimony or submit written statements in lieu of or to supplement oral testimony concerning the proposed project. Written comments will be accepted online with this link.

Comments may also be submitted via postal mail to: MTA Government & Community Relations, Attn: Jamaica Bus Depot Reconstruction, 2 Broadway, D17.140, New York, NY 10004

All written and online comments must be received by 5:30 p.m. on August 10, 2023. Comments received after this date and time will not be considered.

Any property owner or other interested party who may wish to challenge the proposed property taking via judicial review may do so only on the basis of issues, facts, and objections raised at the EDPL public hearing. 

Property details






Property Address

Type of Interest




Archer Avenue, Queens NY 11433

Permanent Full Taking



91 (a/k/a7501)

147-40 Archer Ave, Queens NY

Permanent Easement




166-10 Archer Ave, Queens NY 11433

Permanent Easement



105 (a/k/a1001/1002)

92-61 165th Street, Queens NY 11433

Permanent Easement




93-20 170th Street, Queens NY 11433

Permanent Easement




168-23 Douglas Ave, Queens NY 11433

Permanent Easement




93-30 170th Street, Queens NY 11433

Permanent Easement

Accessibility and Language Assistance Services

At the hybrid Public Hearing, CART Captioning and American Sign Language services will be available.

Members of the public who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service of the free 711 relay service, and then ask to be connected to the public hearing hotline at 646-252-6777 to speak with an agent.

Members of the public who are blind or have low vision can request accommodations on or before July 20, 2023, by submitting a request online or by calling the public hearing hotline at 646-252-6777 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Members of the public who do not have access to a computer or who do not have access to the internet can listen to the Hearing by calling the Zoom webinar at 1-929-436-2866 or 1-646-518-9805 (toll-free). Then enter webinar ID 884 8377 3779, followed by the pound (#) sign.

If language assistance or any other accommodations are required, please submit a request at least three business days before the hearing date in one of the following ways: online, by calling the public hearing hotline at 646-252-6777, or by sending a letter to:
    MTA Government & Community Relations
    Re: Jamaica Capacity Improvement Project 
    2 Broadway, D 17.140
    New York, NY 10004