Rail Line Helps More Than Rockaway
The MTA recently released a report with their vision for their next twenty years, and in it they included the idea of rehabilitating and restoring under-utilized rights-of-way throughout NYC, such as the Rockaway Beach Line that stretches between Ozone Park and Rego Park.
I'd like to note that many assume that the primary utility of rehabilitating RBB is to establish a connection between Southern Queens and the Rockaways to Northern Queens, Manhattan and the rest of the city. That is also true. However there is also great benefit for Northern Queens’ residents - who already have the Queens Blvd. line - as well.
For a Flushing resident to travel either to the Barclays Center, Park Slope or Downtown Brooklyn, they need to take a long circuitous route through Queens and then overly crowded Manhattan trains, and such a trip would take at least an hour.
However, with this link restored, they'd just travel five minutes south to Atlantic Ave., and there board the LIRR Atlantic Branch Brooklyn-bound train at the existing good-condition, unused, Woodhaven station for a 15 minute ride straight into the Barclays Center, Downtown Brooklyn or Park Slope, or to transfer to any of the other eleven (!!) trains that meet at Atlantic Ave. /Barclays Center.
This is a win-win for them too.