2012-06-08 / Letters

Rail Wrong

Dear Editor,

Councilwoman Koslowitz is incorrect in many of her assertions regarding reactivating the LIRR Rockaway Line. First, the train would service the area with the Rego Park Station being proposed which would provide speedy service between Rego Park and Penn Station and also, in the future, to Grand Central Station once MTA east side access is completed. This speedy rail service would cause property values in the Rego Park/Forest Hills Crescents area to increase not decrease if the rail line were put in especially with a Rego Park Station being proposed so the train would service the Rego Park Crescent communities. Additionally, another station in Rego Park could be added at Fleet Street near Alderton Street if the Rego Park community wants it and thus the Rego Park community can be serviced better with two stations along the proposed line. More importantly, the newest technology would make the train quiet and although our recent advocacy efforts have been offering two options the Regional Rail Working Group - Rockaway Subcommittee has been prioritizing the (LIRR) Rail Road Option with a technology that would allow AIRTRAIN type (light-medium quiet compatible rail) vehicles that would be allowed to operate on the JFK AIRTRAIN system, the reopened LIRR Rockaway Line and then on the LIRR Main Line so that these trains could operate either from JFK Airport or from Aqueduct to Midtown Manhattan under that LIRR plan.

No horns would be used on trains on the LIRR Rockaway Line in Rego Park/Forest Hills because there are no grade crossings along the LIRR Rockaway Line plus these compatible vehicles may not have those same types of horns that conventional LIRR trains have.


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