2012-01-13 / Letters

Investing In High Speed Rail

Dear Editor,

The following letter was addressed to State Senator Malcolm Smith…

Thank you for keeping me informed via your recent newsletter. It was always a pleasure for me to introduce you at Russo’s on the Bay while serving as host each year for the Trinity Services Luncheon. I recall you had that rarest of political gifts: Being “short & sweet” when making a speech to a restless crowd of seniors trying to eat, drink and chat in spite of activity at the podium. Well done!

Your newsletter mentions future possibilities of “High Speed Rail.” In that connection I would urge you to first look close to home regarding the abysmal train service to the western end of the Rockaways that has made travel into Manhattan a miserable experience ever since I moved to this area over forty years ago. The preposterous series of trains and waiting games required to travel between Manhattan and Rockaway Park area destinations suggests that most of our politicians are not traveling that route themselves. Express service at one end or the other only exists for an hour or two each day.

The entire rest of each day and night requires CC Shuttle trains, connections to Far Rockaway ‘A’ trains in the middle of Jamaica Bay, and then whatever local train changes are required for destinations within the “Big Apple.” How this situation has been allowed to continue year after year is truly astonishing. At the same time it sends many travelers onto our already overcrowded roadways by car as a last resort. When will it end? What politician will take this bull by the horns?

Please think carefully about addressing these concerns as a priority in any discussion of improved transit. Improved express access would be a fitting complement to the station rehabilitation that is currently ongoing here in Rockaway. Many Thanks for your consideration

DAVID DOW BENTLEY III

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Remember the LIRR Rockaway

Remember the LIRR Rockaway Line? When it was no more in the 1950-1960, Rockaway has been fighting to get it back. The only thing that may help the long 50 year fight to get the LIRR abandon tracks from the Rockaway Branch is the new Racino. They got money to ask for it or pay for it. Write to them. The MTA/LIRR has said no for 50 years. Try a new way. Good luck. I was on the transit committee after 2001 and there was talk about the Downtown to JFK line due to 9/11 and getting Wall Street back, but that did not happen.


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