MTA includes Rockaway Beach Line in 20-year plan
by Andrew Shilling
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Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
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There is some rejuvenated hope for supporters of restoring train service to the Rockaway Beach Line.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) included restoring the abandoned line, including the LIRR Bay Ridge and the Rockaway Beach Branch, as a part of its 20-Year Capital Needs Assessment.

“A possible option is the utilization of abandoned or underutilized Rights of Way such as the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch (linking southern and eastern Brooklyn with Central and northern Queens) or the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch (linking Howard Beach and Ozone Park with Woodhaven) as transverse routes linking radial subway lines,” read the report.

While the report simply outlines possible focus areas for the coming years, according to a representative of the MTA, supporters of restoring train service are hopeful this is a step in the right direction.

“This report is a huge step forward and I will continue to work closely with my colleagues, Governor Cuomo and the MTA until the Rockaway Beach Rail Line becomes reality,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.

Goldfeder first called on Cuomo back in February 2012 to revitalize the rail line in order to ease the burden on commuters.

Today, Goldfeder is working with congressmen Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jefferies to utilize portions of federal relief funding from Sandy disaster aid to restore the train and assist residents effected by the storm.

"The MTA has heard our calls for smart investment in existing right of ways to improve transit infrastructure, create jobs, while helping each family in Queens and across the city in their daily commutes,” said Goldfeder.

Meanwhile, Andrea Crawford, a steering committee member with the Friends of the QueensWay, which is working to turn the abandoned rail line into a greenway, said she does not necessarily think the report means there will be train service.

“I’m not impressed,” Crawford said regarding the report. “To me it doesn’t say that they intend to build a new train line through central Queens. It’s been sitting vacant for over 50 years. This would be a major capital undertaking and it would cost billions.”

Phillip McManus, founder of the Queens Public Transit Committee, is a firm believer that the positives of a train line will outweigh the negatives.

“People don’t realize how important it is to reopen the Rockaway Beach Line and have another corridor,” McManus said. “The park is going to be good for some people, but the people of the Rockaways, who need transportation for food are worried about being shot. They’re not going to care about a park.”

The train service was shut down in 1950, and McManus said the neighborhood has since struggled without ample transportation.

“This is a way to grant access to jobs, schools and hopefully it will spread the wealth,” he said.

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Philip McManus
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October 12, 2013
The Queens Public Transit Committee is looking to organize a March for better access to jobs, schools and the entire City through the reactivation of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, subway or LIRR.

Please contact us for more information. Date to be announced.

TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO,

press.office@exec.ny.gov

REDUCE LONG TRAVEL TIMES, DANGEROUS, OVERCROWDED AND UNRELIABLE BUSES AND TRAINS?



GET ORGANIZED.



JOIN OUR GROUP

QUEENS PUBLIC TRANSIT

COMMITTEE.



FIGHT FOR BETTER ACCESS TO JOBS AND SCHOOLS THROUGH FASTER TRANSPORTATION.

OPEN THE QUEENS ROCKAWAY BEACH LINE.

THE NEW QUEENS CROSSTOWN.

The Queens RBL is only one to six blocks east, travels north/south and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, from Penn Station through Central Queens to South Queens.

The Queens RBL took 40 minutes or less to get to Penn Station from Queens.

OPEN THE QUEENS RBL!

The Queens RBL, a major traffic corridor, was taken from us by the NIMBYS of Central Queens in 1950, 1962 and till present day.

OPEN THE QUEENS RBL!

Stop complaining about being stuck in traffic or in an overcrowded bus. Unite with your fellow commuters.

Don't spectate...participate.

FIGHT THE NIMBYS.

OPEN THE QUEENS RBL!

THE QUEENS ROCKAWAY BEACH LINE WAS STOLEN FROM THE PEOPLE.

WE WANT IT BACK!

For more information:

Contact Queens Public Transit Committee

718-679-5309

rowing612@aol.com

Facebook.com/RockawayBeachRailLine

Twitter.com/RBL1910

http://rockawaybranchline.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-queens-public-transit-committee-for.html?m=1

Tell 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:

http://www.rockawaybeachrail.com/

•change.org/petitions/governor-andrew-m-cuomo-reactivate-the-lirr-rockaway-line-in-central-queens

http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Phillip-Goldfeder/story/45022/

http://www.keeprockawayferry.com

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&hl=en&ei=zxtLUuy6BvTE4AOmioHACQ&q=photos of rockaway beach rail line&oq=photos of rockaway beach rail line&gs_l=mobile-gws-serp.3...14987.23057.0.23680.13.13.0.0.0.2.725.6178.2-1j1j7j2j2.13.0....0...1c.1.27.mobile-gws-serp..8.5.2396.gh-3u7FEBzU

Philip McManus

Queens Public Transit Committee

718-679-5309

For more information.

http://m.qchron.com/mobile/editions/south/rockaway-line-may-be-on-mta-s-radar/article_3371aa98-b384-5a89-880e-d70505c7e24d.html

http://www.foresthillstimes.com/view/full_story/23794215/article-MTA-includes-Rockaway-Beach-Line-in-20-year-plan?instance=home_news_right

http://queenscourier.com/2013/mta-plan-includes-restoring-rockaway-beach-rail-line/

http://m.nydailynews.com/1.1477664

http://www.qgazette.com/news/2013-10-02/Front_Page/Goldfeder_Applauds_MTA_Vision_For_Rockaway_Beach_R.html

http://www.ny1.com/content/news/187691/rockaway-residents-rally-for-return-of-abandoned-subway-line

http://m.rockawave.com/node/174552

http://theforumnewsgroup.com/2013/08/29/rallying-to-reactive-rockaway-rail-line/

http://theforumnewsgroup.com/2013/08/08/avella-throws-support-behind-reactivating-rockaway-rail-line/

http://m.rockawave.com/node/172460

http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2013/29/queensways_tl_2013_07_19_q.html

http://m.qchron.com/mobile/editions/south/a-rally-to-bring-back-rockaway-s-frailroad/article_cc191e3d-3242-56ab-b2b3-1fa425106144.html

http://theforumnewsgroup.com/2013/07/11/drained-by-commutes-residents-rally-for-reactivating-rockaway-rail/

http://m.qchron.com/mobile/editions/south/rockaway-beach-rail-plan-to-be-backed-by-reps-jeffries/article_ea708c39-94d8-5dd5-8741-a2a739a0a621.html

http://www.projectwoodhaven.com/2012/September/railway.pdf

http://queenscourier.com/2012/what-is-white-pot-junction-and-why-should-i-care/

http://m.nydailynews.com/1.1020731

http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/4/goldfeder_all_2012_01_26_q.html

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-gX1AtT6jzA&desktop_uri=/watch?v=-gX1AtT6jzA

Annette L.
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October 27, 2013
Rockaway needs more & better mass transit options to midtown Manhattan at night-especially late nights for those of us that work 4x12/12x8's.