From The President Of New York City Transit
The following is a response to a letter sent to New York City Transit regarding Subway Service to the Rockaways. Dear Mr. Stubben:
I am in receipt of your letter to President Roberts dated June 3, 2008 concerning subway service to the Rockaways which references a "Letter to the Editor" that recently appeared in a weekly edition of the Rockaway Wave. In your letter you include two suggestions for the operation to Lefferts Boulevard, Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park. One suggestion is extending the C or the use of another route letter for the Lefferts Boulevard service and the second suggestion is to extend the V from Second Avenue in Manhattan via the Fulton Street express to Lefferts Boulevard and operate all A service to the Rockaways.
Both the proposed solutions would cause problems elsewhere in the subway system. Replacing A service with C service to Lefferts Boulevard would remove express service from the Lefferts branch, forcing 12,000 weekday riders onto local service or creating an additional transfer for them. Moreover, additional trains would be required to implement this service.
The preferred solution of routing the V trains to Lefferts Boulevard would require reductions in service to A train riders. A, C and V trains would have to travel over a single track between Jay Street and Hoyt- Schermerhorn Streets, which is already at capacity with A and C trains, so any V trains following this route would require an equal reduction in A trains, leading to overcrowding.
The potential for confusion for airport bound passengers might be addressed with a separate letter to distinguish between Lefferts-bound A trains and A trains that pass through Howard Beach. However, this could cause confusion to the vast majority of A riders who do not travel east of Rockaway Boulevard, and would be difficult for New York City Transit (NYCT) to implement on older subway cars. When new cars are purchased, a separate letter may then be considered. Please be advised that all cars have side destinations signs indicating explicitly that Far Rockaway/ Rockaway Park-bound trains travel via JFK.
NYCT closely monitors ridership on all its subway lines and regularly conducts passenger counts at key subway station locations. As ridership patterns change in the Rockaways, NYCT will adjust service as warranted if funding is available.
Should you have additional comments regarding the issue, you may contact William Erland, Principal Transportation Planner at 646-252- 5514 or e-mail William.erland@nyct- .com.
HOWARD H. ROBERTS, JR.