2006-01-13 / Community

MTA Official To Discuss Commute To Rockaway

A key MTA official, Chris Bastian, will be the guest speaker at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club’s meeting, held at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, on Thursday, January 19 at 7:45 p.m.

Bastian is Project Manager for the Lower Manhattan-Jamaica/JFK Transportation Project. The project, which is still in its early stages, is designed to provide speedy transportation from Lower Manhattan to JFK Airport to support the economic redevelopment of the World Trade Center area.

Among the alternatives under consideration is the use of part of the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line (White Pot Junction) to connect with the LIRR Atlantic Avenue line for a direct connection with a new tunnel leading to a transit hub in Lower Manhattan.

Passengers from Rockaway and other South Queens communities could share speedy and direct service to Manhattan along with arriving airline passengers. If the Rockaway Beach line is not chosen, all the benefits will go to commuters from eastern Queens and Nassau County.

Bastian will present a slide show describing the project. Local residents will be given an opportunity to explain their experiences with daily transportation and their hopes for improvement. District Leader Lew M. Simon, who is a Co-Chair of the Rockaway Transit Coalition, said, “Instead of complaining and bellyaching about the lousy transportation, let your voice be heard. Be there or stop complaining.”

Norman Silverman, a founder of the Rockaway Transit Coalition, said that other groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get improved transportation to suit them. “We have gotten the attention of the MTA with our persistence and good arguments. Local residents must once again show they demand better service,” said Silverman. 


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