Track Work Set For “A Line”
Upcoming track work will take place on the Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park branches of the A line during the winter of 2013.
Beginning on Monday, January 21st, and continuing for a period of five weeks, work will be conducted on the tracks on both the Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park branches in the vicinity of the “Hammels WYE,” which leads to the South Channel Bridge, which connects the Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel.
“This project had been scheduled to take place later in the year.” Joe Reskin, speaking for the MTA said, “We are undertaking it earlier, so as to avoid further service disruptions to the Rockaways following the completion of repairs of the damage done by Superstorm Sandy.”
All construction work will take place during daytime hours. However, the MTA will be digging out the roadbed in the project area at nights in preparation for the following day in order to expedite work. The MTA said it will do everything possible to minimize the impact of the nighttime work on the surrounding area.
To facilitate this work, H line shuttle train service, which now operates between the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue and Beach 90th Street-Holland Stations, will end service at 10 p.m., rather than at 12:30 a.m. The MTA Bus Company’s Q22 route provides parallel service on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach Channel Drive.
Reskin said, “This work is necessary to provide safe and reliable service to our riders through the Hammels Wye on the Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park lines once service resumes across Jamaica Bay. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding while we carry out this important work.”