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Its nice to see members of all the community boards using common sense when voting on this very important Issue. The Queens Way Park is a beautiful Idea. However, re-opening the Rockaway Line of the LIRR is a MUCH BETTER Idea. It would provide ALL the residents of Queens and the City with fast accessible transportation. Those who live in the areas serviced by the Rockaway Line would be able to commute back and forth to work in about half the current time. Every New Yorker in the City would be able to finally access Shopping in Queens, JFK Airport, Resorts World Casino and the Beaches of Rockaway with ease. It would open a transportation corridor from South Queens to the middle of Queens and create endless economic opportunities for the forgotten borough. The ease of Transportation will make the areas of Queens serviced by the Rockaway Line more desirable to live, improving economic opportunity and property values.
The significant housing development and a growing population of Queens make the need for the Re-opening of the Rockaway Line a no brainier. To put a park on this right away would be a travesty considering most of the areas of Queens close to the proposed Queensway already have Forest Park and with the continued growing population of New York City and Queens the need for additional Park space is not as crucial as the need for faster and accessible transportation.
Many say if you are opposed to the Queens Way you are against the environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. I cannot think of any better way to reduce air pollution and fight traffic congestion than re-opening the Rockaway Line. It would cut the use of vehicles along the Woodhaven corridor by providing people with better transportation alternatives. As we all know traffic congestion causes CO2 emissions to be spewed into the air, polluting our environment and neighborhoods. Don’t be fooled, the Re-Opening the Rockaway Line is an environmentally friendly project that will improve our air quality.
Many say it will take years to build. Well any major infrastructure undertaking takes careful planning and many years of construction to come to fruition. Look at the 2nd Ave Subway it was first proposed in 1929 and is only now becoming a reality. How about the extension of the #7 train to the West Side of Manhattan, it will be opening next year, or how about East Side Access corridor that will bring the LIRR into Grand Central. All these major undertakings are huge projects and take time to complete, but in the long run will make our city a much better place.
Many say who is going to pay for it? Well just like any other major infrastructure project, the re-opening of the Rockaway Line would not be funded by one single source. This project could be funded just like many of the other large capital improvement projects around the City. This project would be a partnership between the Feds, State and City. The Federal Transportation Administration, The City of New York, State of New York and the MTA could all chip in to make this a reality. Selling bonds is another way a being able to pay for the Rockaway Line that would only be fraction of the cost of any of the major MTA projects I mentioned above.
Some say build the Queens Way and we can have our own High Line right here in Queens. Under normal circumstances I would have to agree. But, to deny the people of this city and Queens better transportation to build a scenic walkway is NOT the answer. One must remember, we are not Manhattan and tourists are not naturally attracted to visit this area of queens. However, build faster transportation, let them know then can use it to go to the Airport of Casino or even the beach only 30 min from Midtown Manhattan and watch them come in large numbers. Also one must remember the High Line was an abandon rail line that would have either become the High Line or it would have needed to been demolished at a significant cost. The scenarios of the High Line and the Queens Way are totally different and should not be compared.
Many have said you can’t re-open the Rockaway Line because people have built along the right of way. Unfortunately, for these homeowners who happen to live along the Right of Way they are obviously opposed to the re-opening of the line. But should tens if not hundreds of thousands of people be denied faster and more affordable and accessible transportation for the benefit of a few?? The residents along the right of way who purchased knew or should have known that these abandon rails could once again be activated by the MTA. I hate to say it but in real estate there is a phrase called Caveat Emptor which means "Buyer Beware."
We must never forget that we ALWAYS have to invest in our future and the Rebuilding of the Rockaway Line is a way to do it.
12 months ago