2005-02-18 / Community

Rail Working Group To Meet February 21

“Join the fight now,” says Norman Silverman, a spokesperson for a group trying to get the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) to reopen the old White Pot Junction line that would mean a much quicker ride to Manhattan from Rockaway.

“The MTA is ignoring the residents of Rockaway, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Woodhaven,” says Silverman’s Regional Rail Working Group. “The MTA is getting $2 billion from the federal government to provide service to lower Manhattan. They are planning to run trains directly from Jamaica through downtown Brooklyn to lower Manhattan.”

Silverman argues that while it may

benefit commuters from Nassau County, there will be no way for local residents to use this service.

“On the state and federal level, this may be the last chance to improve our local commute,” he says. “The old Rockaway Beach line crosses the Atlantic line and could be easily connected.”

The Regional Working Group will meet on Monday, February 21, Presidents’ Day at 5:30 p.m. at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive Rockaway Park. Come with your questions and ideas and ready to work. For further information contact local members Lew Simon, John Fazio, Herbert Gormley, Joseph Hartigan, Lenora Lavin or Norman Silverman.

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