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Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line

Posted by R36 #9346 on Wed May 2 23:34:47 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by ClearAspect on Wed May 2 20:24:27 2012.

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[If] the Q53 and the Q22 can handle the passengers, where's the need for the subway line? I certainly don't see it.

Therein lies the problem. The Q53 and the Q22 can handle the passenger load only by stuffing the buses. Many times, the bus is jam packed before it leaves the Rockaways, leaving little room for those wanting the bus along Cross Bay and Woodhaven Boulevards. Demand there is high as well. Most of the crowd boarding south of Jamaica Avenue does not get off at next subway station up the line, but at Queens Center Mall, where you can transfer to SURPRISE the IND Queens Boulevard line.

If ridership in the Rockaways isn't enough to support the new line, ridership along the Woodhaven/Cross Bay corridor should be more than enough.

During the PM peak, frequency along the corridor is at 18.7 buses per hour, or on average, a bus every 3 minutes, 12.5 seconds, and that's just the combined Q11, Q21, and Q53 frequencies. Don't forget that the QM15, QM16, QM17, and BM5 also use the corridor.

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