WHAT AND WHERE IS QueensRail™ –THE ROCKAWAY BEACH LINE?
The QueensRail™ (Rockaway Beach Line) is a north-south rail corridor between Rego Park and Ozone Park. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) ran trains on these rail lines until 1962; while inactive, the right-of-way has never been abandoned.
This LIRR line originally serviced south Queens with trains running to both Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park. In May 1950 a fire on the Jamaica Bay trestle severed the connection. Rather than rebuild the line, the LIRR (then owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad) sold the line to the City of New York to be turned into a city subway line (NYC Transit Authority).
After the disposal, the only portion converted to a city subway line was the portion from Ozone Park to the Rockaways though plans existed to connect the portion from Ozone Park to Rego Park to the Queens Boulevard subway lines. To date, no explanation has surfaced to account for why this connection was not done.