REACTIVATE THE LIRR ROCKAWAY LINE
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REACTIVATE THE LIRR ROCKAWAY LINE

    1. Carl Perrera
    2. Petition by

      Carl Perrera

      New Hyde Park, NY

An easy, one-seat train ride between JFK Airport and Midtown Manhattan can be put into place quickly with only modest cost by restoring a short segment of existing, unused rail right-of-way in Central Queens.
The new rail service would be operated on existing AirTrain tracks at JFK Airport and existing LIRR tracks in Queens to Penn Station. Trains would also be operated to Grand Central Terminal when the LIRR East Side Access Project is completed.
Trains would serve an improved rail station adjacent to Aqueduct Race Track and a new casino, where a convenient transfer would be provided with the A subway line serving the Rockaway Peninsula and Downtown, Manhattan.
Airport Express trains which would also serve the Aqueduct Casino would operate every ten minutes and stop at Woodside and elsewhere in Central Queens. They would serve the proposed Long Island /Sunnyside transfer station.
Fares could be set at MTA NYC MetroCard local fare levels or set at MTA NYC MetroCard express bus fare levels.
Airport passengers, visitors and employees alike would enjoy a far faster and more convenient ride to Manhattan, as well as other locations in Queens and throughout the region.
Transit riders in Central Queens would be able to make use of a speedy cross-borough rail service, complementing existing local bus service.
Residents and beachgoers would get a much faster ride to and from the Rockaway Peninsula.
Motorists would have an alternative to crowded highways, reducing congestion, pollution and preventing gridlock.
NYC’s tourism industry, a key economic generator for NYC, would greatly benefit from direct rail service to the Aqueduct Casino and to JFK Airport.
Property owners along the route would appreciate increases in property value due to improved access.
Residents adjacent to the line would gain a valuable open space amenity, replacing a rubbish-strewn eyesore.

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    • Nick Cromie HOWARD BEACH, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because I think that this is a great step to help revitalize Rockaway. That town has the opportunity to be Queens version of the Hamptons. They are already developing Arverne and this shorter commute time would attract people that work in Manhattan. The only alternatives are the "A" train, which has a horrible crowd on it, or the Belt Parkway, which has significant congestion.

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    • James McGinty RICHMOND HILL, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • over 2 years ago

      To restore a one seat ride from Penn Station,NY to the Rockaways via the LIRR

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    • Gregory Homatas BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Hi Carl

      See my petition also on the same subject!

      I didn't know you had one. Cheers. We have to gather more support for the expansion of viable transit options for the City and Queens. Greg

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    • James Greenidge QUEENS, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Retaining a transit option in a city that continues to and needs to grow is a no-brianer. Using special clatter/sound reducing rubber-tie rail technology in the spur to muffle the sound should allievate concerns of those residents who don't recall living there when the train was making its runs without much neighborhood fuss. Much of the opposition will from companies currently "squatting" on the right of way; ex; where my grandfather recalled there was even a direct Atlantic Ave line link that surfaced to meet the Rock line!

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    • Walt Gekko PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This line is EXTREMELY important to be added on several fronts. If I ran the casino at Aqueduct, I would be willing to pay for part of the costs to make this happen because I figure I would easily make this back in easier access for people to get to Aqueduct from parts of Queens loaded with Asians who LOVE to gamble as well as those in Manhattan who want to get to the casino Aqueduct without having to go through Brooklyn, which this rebuilt line would allow for.

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