Coalition for QueensRail
We are a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit, staffed by volunteers and driven by our desire to reduce the time to get in, out and about Queens, NY.
This small, 3.5 mile Right-of-Way has the potential to reduce the time it takes for passengers to get from JFK Airport and midtown Manhattan from 1 hour to just 30 minutes. It will be able to get people to and from the Resorts World complex at Aquaduct in even less time.
Let’s not forget about the residents of Queens who will benefit from the restored rail link the most by taking 30 minutes off of their commute each way.
Most politicians acknowledge that southeastern Queens, home to over a 1/2 million people is a transportation desert. Why then do these very same politicians refuse to do anything about it?
SBS and “express” buses have to compete for limited road space which means a long, painful commute. The ferry to lower Manhattan while nice is no faster than the A train and provides no relief for people going to midtown.
If New York City really expects drivers to get out of their cars it’s going to have to provide a better public transit alternative.
Since the Rockaway Beach Branch was abandoned by the City in 1952, commuters wanting to get from south Queens to central Queens needed to go through Manhattan.
Transportation is the lifeblood of any city. Privately built subways back in 1902 helped New York grow to what it is today. But our free ride is over. After a century of neglect we can no longer turn a blind eye to a broken and in parts abandoned system . It is our turn to invest in the subway for the sake of the next generation.
The time for excuses is over. Let’s find the money and elected officials to get it done. Our children are counting on us.