If The Train Doesn’t Run
Hello. Hello? Mayor Bloomberg? Are you there?
When do you plan to tell us how people are going to get to Rockaway this summer? The Parks Department is rushing to get the beach open by Memorial Day. But we’re starting to wonder -- what’s the rush?
A lot of Rockaway businesses rely on summer crowds. Businesses have to hire, make schedules, order inventory, advertise, and simply get ready. The summer season is make or break for quite a few businesses.
Well, the A subway line is not running. At best, it is scheduled to reopen by mid-June. Uh, Mr. Mayor, that’s a few weeks after the beach season opens. And as far as that mid-June goal, we’re racking our brains trying to think of a time when a City project was completed on time. Of course, the irony will be that it might happen. Parks will finish on time and we’ll be left asking, what was the rush? No one could get here.
So, hello, Mr. Mayor. Can we hear a contingency plan? If the A line is not open by June 15th, tell us that extra buses will run. If the A line is not running, tell us the ferry will be extended through Labor Day. (Of course, if the City were truly intent on helping Rockaway through this economic crisis, this would have been announced already).
The Mayor has a special initiative team which shows no initiative. They’re under orders to get him master plans by the end of May. Had they any initiative they would’ve gone to him by now and told him that businesses need some clarity NOW about transportation. Had he had any clue, he would’ve made clear that contingency plans were in place.
But, no. Local businesses have to gamble that 1) his all-star team of specialists will give him a smart, sensible plan and 2) he’ll move quickly to make sure these plans are implemented.
Bloomberg the businessman wouldn’t like this lack of clarity. So, what about the rest of us? We’re supposed to be okay with it?