2013-12-06 / Letters

The Best Idea In Transit

Dear Editor:

Reusing the former LIRR Queens Rockaway Beach Line (RBL) for transportation is the best plan. It will reunite north and south Queens and decrease travel times and increase investments for everyone especially the poor and middle class areas that are underserved, excluded and separated from the American dream.

The Queensway plan and the No Way plan are exclusive and divide our borough. It also prevents development and investments in Queens. We need jobs and businesses for all the people so we can grow and help each other. The Queensway plan sounds good [on the surface] but it will only benefit a few people and a small area of Queens. It’s the small plan while the transportation plan is the big plan, the most inclusive plan.

The reactivation of the RBL will expand the transit system, increase social and economic opportunities, increase property values and tax revenues. As a rail line, the RBL will increase transit options including faster travel times to work, home, school, shopping, recreation, dining, family visits and doctor visits.

The RBL will decrease pollution, accidents, unemployment, crime and government dependence, reduce present and future overcrowding and unreliable buses, trains and roadways at a much, much greater level than the Queensway plan.

Thank you also to New York State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Queens College for organizing this reasonable and affordable study to reuse this vital public asset.

PHILIP McMANUS

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