I’ve been living in Manhattan for 14 years and, like many other Manhattanites, would love nothing better than to move out to the sunny, clean and friendly Rockaways. The only problem is “transportation.”
Not only is the A train trip long and cumbersome, but can also be quite dangerous. I can remember more than a few “close calls” on the train coming home from a day at the beach. And ferry service? Come on!?! How can that even compare in reliability, convenience and service to trains??
What the Rockaways need now is a direct rail link to Manhattan, preferably over the abandoned right-of-way of the old LIRR White Pot Junction line. Not only can this link service the Rockaways, but also nearby JFK airport.
Simply put, it’s the most economical and logical way to revitalize the area in every aspect and bring the region back to its once-envied rank as the “Riviera of New York.”
Back in June of ‘81, on the 25th anniversary of rail service to the Rockaways, it was almost understood that direct service would be restored, and very soon.
Now 30 years on, the railbed still lies empty and unused. The peculiar thing is, I don’t see the MTA destroying the right-of-way or turning it into a bike trail any time soon.
So, maybe somebody over at headquarters knows something I don’t know …