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Light Rail might be a great option for the Rockaway Beach Line (RBL) which would be the new Queens Crosstown Line. First of all many of the concerns that some residents that live directly adjacent to the RBL now have regarding the noise and vibrations (when trains pass) would be eliminated through a light rail service option since these light rail cars are much quieter and with virtually no vibration than heavy rail vehicles such as subway and commuter trains. Secondly, a light rail system on the RBL would be aesthetically pleasing for all the adjacent communties along the Rockaway Beach Line plus this light rail could provide easier crosstown connections to various bus, subway and LIRR lines that transverse the line. Also smaller light rail cars or Airtrain type vehicles would be needed for the line and these cars would provide a frequent enough service along the line so that stationsalong the line can be smaller and placed close together to serve more of the local community such as at 101st Avenue- Ozone Park, Atlantic Avenue-Woodhaven Junction, Jamaica Avenue-Brooklyn Manor, ParkLane South/98th Street, Metropolitan Avenue-Parkside, Union Tpke. (near the Forest View Crescent Co-op Building/Stop & Shop., Fleet Street/64th Avenue in Rego Park etc. Also under light rail no tunneling would be required at Queens Blvd. to connect into the Queens Blvd. Subway Line as in the RBL Subway Option and no additional fare would be required if the light rail system is part of NYCT and free transfers are allowed to this addiional service . The light rail system could either be an independent light rail line system operated by MTA- New York City Transit from Howard Beach or Aqueduct to either Rego Park and/or LaGuardia Airport or be merged into the AIRTRAIN System if the Port authority wants to also operate local light rail service on the line between JFK and Rego Park or LaGuardia Airport as they do now with PATH or the line can be shared where AIRTRAIN expesss cars stop at major transfer points between LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport and local light rail cars operated by NYCT make all of the stops between LaGuardia Airport and Aqueduct or Howard Beach. An additional LIRR station can be placed along the LIRR Main Line at Rego Park for transfer between the LIRR and the Light Rail System for those that desire it and also to serve the Rego park community as well. The routing of the light rail system north of Queens Blvd./63rd Drive would be a constrcuted concrete elevated structure that would transverse directly along Junction Blvd. to connect passengers to the Sears/MarshallsRego Park Mall, then the Costco/Century21/Kohl's Mall ( near the Horace Harding Expressway) . From that point the route could then turn along 59th Avenue and then head for the Macy's/JCPenney Queens Center Mall. The route could then travel along the northside of Queens Blvd. or along 90th Street to Justice Avenue to connect with the Target/Best Buy Mall. Ffrom that point the elevated light rail system could be extended along Broadway to 74th Street/Jackson Heights serving Elmhurst community and Elmhurst Hospital. The route could then continue along Broadway to the BQE ((East) and the run parallel to the BQE (East) to Grand Cenral Parkway/Astoria Blvd. to 82nd Street then into LaGuardia Airport where the light rail system could then terminate. A light rail system as I propose above would be a win win for all of Queens County and give Queens residents faster transit across the borough as well as better accesibility to the shopping centers, the airports, schools and all other points of major interest across Queens and also provide faster access to Midtown, Manhattan for South Queens residents.3 weeks ago
It's great news that Queens CB #5 supports reactivation of the Rockaway Beach Line and the Queens Public Transit Committee thanks them. The community boards' contentions are correct regarding Woodhaven Blvd. being overwhelmed with traffic and that the best way to aleive the traffic is to reactivate this valuable rail line for LIRR or subway service. If the RBL is reactivated it wouldn't be that costly since most of the LIRR berm is still in tack. Engineers would have to determine whether any of the structural bridges would need to be replaced but I doubt it since years ago these structures were built to last a long time with heavy duty reinforced concrete. These structures may just need to be repainted and and refurbished with concrete along chiped or rotted away parts where the iron mesh is showing out of the concrete. The costs to reactivate this line would be ridiculously low compared to tearing it down to build a super expensive high line park when numerous parks already exist in Queens. Parks in the backyards of homes would bring crime thus reducing property values while the rail line in the backyards would provide privacy, security and increase property values for all of these homeowners. It would also increasse property values for many of the homes throughout Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park and other adjacent communities such as Ridgewood, Glendale, Howard Beach, and the southern end of Forest Hills as is now seen in areas like Kew Gardens and Forest Hills which already has two bustling LIRR stations. It's time South Queens gets a piece of the pie and that instead CB # 9 supporting a Queensway Plan which would waste millions of dollars to build another lousy park they could instead support the rail line that would help hundreds of thousands of people from all of Queens not just build a park that would only help a few hundred bicyclists. If CB #9 wants to help the bicyclists they should ask the NYC Parks Department to build more bicycle paths throughout Forest Park, Highland Park and Flushing Meadow Park and NYCDOT to build more pernmanant bicycle paths throughout more local streets within South Queens. 12 months ago
At 44th Drive/11th Street the new proposed route could be extended to Queensboro Plaza by making a right turn at 44th Drive and heading two blocks to 23rd Street than making a left turn and than take Q39 routing to Queensboro Plaza where the bus could terminate. Returning back the proposed route could take Q39 routing to 23rd Street/44th Drive than make a left turn at 44th Drive and take 44th Drive to 21th Street and make a right turn at 21st Street than travel to Jackson Avenue for about two blocks than head back over the Pulaski Bridge. I hope this helps.