MTA fails again
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Dear Editor:

I wish I didn't have to write this letter, but the MTA monopoly failed the public trust once again.

On May 14, at Beach 105th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 10:29 p.m. I waited with two other commuters for the Q53 bus going to Woodside. The 10:30 p.m. bus did not show, and the 10:50 p.m. bus showed up at 11:01 p.m.

An exhausted commuter stated she was waiting for the bus since 10 p.m., and 61 minutes later the Q53 bus finally arrived. Another commuter said three Q53 buses went towards Beach 116th Street during her wait. Where did they go?

The MTA will do nothing to correct the problem, and no one will be punished or fired. The public benefit corporation only benefits the upper-level bureaucrats who push paper and lie to the public.

The governor and mayor need to clean house at the MTA or dissolve it. Can someone make a difference here?

I would like to support public transit, but the MTA makes it harder everyday for poor people to get around.


Philip McManus

Rockaway Park

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Philip McManus
December 29, 2013

The Queens Public Transit Committee supports the reactivation of the unused Rockaway Beach Line. The Rockaway Beach Line of the old LIRR used to take 40 minutes or less from Rockaway Park to Pennsylvania Station. This train track is only one to six blocks east of Woodhaven Boulevard and runs parallel to it. You can see the Queens RBL from Woodhaven Boulevard at numerous locations. It is about one block from Woodhaven Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue.

It makes sense to reactivate this tremendous community asset to enhance Queens transit. We have 2.2 million people in Queens and our population is growing. We need more trains, buses and tracks.

We need to expand the transit system for an expanding population. We had 1.5 million people in 1950 and 1.8 million in 1960 and now we have 2.2 million people in Queens forced to take overcrowded, unreliable and dangerous roadways, buses and trains.

That's an increase of 697,000 people.

The Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens Boulevard, Van Wyck Expressway, Belt Parkway and the Long Island Expressway corridors have too much traffic, accidents, construction, disabled vehicles, trucks, buses, etc. There are just too many variables to keep buses on time, reliable and not overcrowded.

We also need to reduce air pollution, gas consumption, vehicle and pedestrian accidents and injuries.

We need the best alternatives to relieve the current and future traffic delays and congestion to our transportation system.

Queens RBL is the right public transit option to address this growing problem. This dedicated right of way will help alleviate the associated traffic problems on the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor and other corridors. It would also move more people more efficiently throughout Queens to midtown Manhattan.

People would be able to connect to more subways, buses and the LIRR from Queens and may also avoid the overcrowded subways of Manhattan.

Commuters and tourists from across the region would have another option to use the Queens RBL to live, work, learn, shop, eat, and play in Queens.

It would improve Queens crosstown transit and unite more people and reduce travel times. The Queens RBL would increase business, employment, economic development, property values, tax revenues and educational opportunities for many Queens communities.

The MTA has not provided enough buses or trains for commuters. They have ignored our requests for more buses, longer buses, more express buses and more 24 hour service.

We need more regular scheduled buses not random, haphazard, and inadequate service.

We need an unbiased legitimate study to determine the real benefits and cost.

It has cost Queens billions of dollars and thousands of lives are being adversely affected by the loss of Queens RBL since 1950 and 1962.

Do you support faster public transportation? Are you tired of longer travel times, dangerous, overcrowded and unreliable trains and buses? Let’s get organized.

Please ask your family and friends and commuters to sign our petitions to support the Reactivation of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the New Queens Crosstown, eliminate the toll on the Queens Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for everyone and expand the Queens Rockaway Ferry:


Philip McManus

Queens Public Transit Committee