9th March 2017 The ForumNews
On Feb. 28, the Coalition for QueensRail and Friends of the QueensWay met inside the Queens Chamber of Commerce Bulova Corporate Center Conference Room in Jackson Heights to debate the merits of their plans for the long-
The RBRL is a roughly four-
The Coalition is “devoted to reactivation of the QueensRail route – either as part of the LIRR or, more likely, the NYC subway system.”
Friends of the QueensWay are pushing to “transform a blighted stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens into a family-
Former Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, an ardent supporter of the QueensRail, has said, “Tens of thousands of Queens families are forced to endure some of the longest commutes in the city…reactivation is the best and most cost-
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-
Both sides, for years, have presented clear, cogent arguments for their respective projects. However, only one side, in our opinion, heralds the option that is absolutely critical to the future success of our beloved borough.
All aboard the QueensRail.
For decades, the southern section of Queens has been, for all intents and purposes, ignored when it comes to public transportation. Several communities have actually been dubbed “transportation deserts.”
Think about that. Deserts. This is 2017, right?
The fact that it can take some people who live and work in the same city more than an hour and a half to get to that job is nothing short of pathetic. It’s ludicrous. So if you can reactivate a public transit option that can quite literally change the lives of thousands of people – including the business owners in these transportation deserts – why wouldn’t you go for it?
We can also appreciate the benefits of a High Line-
But we see this as need vs. want. And Queens desperately needs more transportation options.
If we can find the public-
We’re with the Coalition, especially when it calls the QueensRail a “critical investment in public transportation for this and future generations.”