2001-03-10 / Letters

MTA Study Stinks

Dear Editor;

The MTA is to be commended for sharing its analysis of the Rockaway Service Assessment with elected officials and the citizens of the Rockaway peninsula. This is a very positive step.

Unfortunately after careful analysis of the assessment by the Rockaway Transit Coalition and the Committee For Better Transit, it has been found the assessment, and conclusions are totally unacceptable. It is quite apparent to all who have read the report, the MTA had predetermined the conclusion of the assessment which seems to have been politically moti- vated.

A more feasible solution would be the proposal written by Mr. George Haikalis for the Committee For Better Transit called the Apple Corridor. The Apple Corridor calls for a one seat ride from Kennedy International Airport to either Penn Station or Grand Central Station, via the 63rd street tunnel, with a transfer point at Aqueduct Racetrack. Riders from the Rockaway peninsula, Broad Channel and Howard Beach would have the opportunity to either take the A service of New York City Transit to Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, or a cross platform transfer at Aqueduct to Mid-Town Manhattan. It is felt that this solution is more cost affective and would be an asset in the revitalization of the Rockaways. It would mean quick fast service to Manhattan to all those who live in Rockaway, Broad Channel and Howard Beach.

We request that the MTA re-evaluate its decision and take a look at the Apple Corridor proposal.



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