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A 4.2 mile segment rail right of way along the LIRR Rockaway Beach Line between Rego Park and Aqueduct that was taken out of service in 1962 would be restored. Existing track would be removed and replaced with new track and signals meeting contemporary LIRR or NYCT Division B standards. Bridges would be rehabilitated and one missing bridge over the LIRR Montauk Line would be restored.

Two options exist for revitalization of the line as shown on the opposite side of this flier and explained below.

The Railroad Option would have the LIRR resume operations between Penn Station and Aqueduct. At least two stations would be built at Rego Park and at Aqueduct. The latter would allow transfers to the A train and to the Air Train (if it was extended from Howard Beach). If rail cars are developed with the ability to operate on both lines, a one-seat ride from Midtown to JFK would be created.

The Subway Option would divert the R or M subway line east of 63rd Drive (via an already built connection) to the northern section of the Rockaway line. The subway would converge with the “A” train north of the Aqueduct Station and continue into the Rockaways. At Rego Park, two stations would be built, one for the subway and one for the LIRR mainline to permit transfers between the two services. This would allow Rockaway riders a quick trip to Midtown or to eastern points in Long Island.

Under both options, additional stations can be added along the line after consultation with the affected communities.

If space permits the restored right-of-way might also accommodate a greenway with hiking paths and bike trails.

Benefits of QueensRail

♦ SPEEDY TRANSIT: Commuters, Aqueduct, JFK Airport and Convention Center passengers would have a much faster ride between Central and South Queens and Midtown, Manhattan saving an estimated twenty minutes as compared to current A J & Z subway line routes that have circuitous routes through Brooklyn. Local Queens residents and beachgoers would be able to take advantage of a speedy cross-borough rail service and achieve comparable time savings in comparison to local buses to and from the Rockaway Peninsula.

♦ REDUCING POLLUTION: Motorists would have an alternative to crowded highways, reducing congestion, pollution and preventing.

♦ BOOST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: NYC’s tourism industry, a key economic generator for NYC, would greatly benefit from this new rail service. This line would also spark economic development for all businesses located adjacent to the line. Miles of vacant land in the Rockaways would be more attractive for real estate developments similar to “Arverne by the Sea” if it were a faster commute between the Rockaways and the Manhattan Central Business District.

♦ ENHANCED PROPERTY VALUES: Property owners along the route would welcome increases in property value due to improved access and gain a valuable open space amenity, replacing a rubbish-strewn eyesore.

♦ MINIMIZE NOISE: With modern technology the new rail line should not create the noise and vibrations to adjacent properties that older railroads once caused and a special provision for noise barriers would be also added.

♦ NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION: An unsightly abandoned right-of way that gathers garbage and weeds would be properly landscaped.

♦ PROJECTED COST: The project would cost approximately $500 million.


Partially adopting a suggestion from COMMUTE (Communities United for Transportation Equity), Select Bus Services could be established at the Rego Park stations to take riders to LaGuardia Airport, Citifield and Flushing. Thus, Rego Park would become a transportation hub improving intra-Queens connectivity and allowing riders to travel to many different points with only one transfer.


The Regional Rail Working Group is a consortium of transit advocacy organizations whose goal is to improve mobility by advocating a regional rail system with fast and frequent service with affordable and integrated fares within the Tri-State (NY-NJ-CT) metropolitan area, hosted by the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc, a NYC-based not-for-profit corporation.

The Rockaway Subcommittee is a division of the Regional Rail Working Group that is made up of members that are civic activists concerned with improving the livability and economic viability of their community by advocating reactivating the LIRR Rockaway Line to provide speedier rail service between Midtown Manhattan, Central/Southern Queens and the Rockaway Peninsula.




E-mail: Geo@IRUM.ORG

Phone: (212) 475-3394/Fax: (212) 475-5051 Websites: WWW.IRUM.ORG & WWW.RRWG.ORG


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