2012-11-30 / Top Stories

No A Train Service Until Summer

Direct A Train service will most likely not return to the Rockaways until the summer of 2013, according to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority source..

Expect to wait until summer for the commute to return to normal.

According to the source, Hurricane Sandy almost totally destroyed the A train tracks in Broad Channel, which connect the peninsula to the rest of the city. In addition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told The Wave on Thursday that the trestle bridge that connects Broad Channel and Rockaway was severely damaged by the raging waters of Jamaica Bay.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority now buses people from Howard Beach to the Rockaways and back.

Riders can catch a train on the new, temporary H line at the Mott Avenue station, where the train shuttles people west to Beach 90 Street, but the service ends at that station.

Since the storm, the city is also subsidizing a weekday commuter ferry from Beach 108 Street to Manhattan that has been heavily used by residents.

Both Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo have said that replacing all the damaged tracks is a tremendous undertaking.

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