Thanks for your interest in restoring rail service on the Rockaway Beach Branch, AKA QueensRail.
What’s the difference between QueensRail and the Rockaway Beach Branch (RBB)?
Actually they are the same. The Coalition for QueensRail, one of the not-for-profit organizations that is advocating for its reactivation, thought that it could use a more inclusive name since it will benefit the entire borough.
Where exactly is QueensRail?
The inactive portion of the line begins on Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park where the A train swings west through Brooklyn. The 3.5 mile line then essentially parallels Woodhaven Blvd. in a northwest direction to Queens Blvd. in Rego Park.
Will it be connected to the LIRR or Subway?
Historically it was part of LIRR however the Coalition for QueensRail believes that it would make better sense to connect to the subway.
Why Do Some People Want a Park There?
These are good people and we’re sure if they had any idea how bad transportation was in south Queens they would actively be supporting reactivating the rail. It makes sense to consider using rights of way for parks when they are no longer needed for rail transportation. That is certainly not the case in Queens, a park-rich borough with 2.3 million people that struggle to get around.
But Won’t it Cost a Lot to Build?
Nothing of value is ever cheap. However New York City cannot afford not to rebuild this vital rail link. There are too many individuals and businesses that will benefit from the reduced commute time. The cost needs to weighed against the City’s return on investment. In those terms it is cheap.
What is the Current Status of the Project?
The MTA is scheduled to release the results of a new feasibility study during the 1st quarter or 2018. We are confident that it will underscore the need for restoring the link that will allow rail passengers to get from south to central Queens without having to go through Manhattan.