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

Posted by J trainloco on Thu May 3 15:21:42 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Thu May 3 11:07:43 2012.

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Probably not many, but the point is not to build a line that only serves people going from Riverside to Co-op city. If you are travelling east west in the Bronx, the subway doesn't do you any good, unless you want to head towards Manhattan and backtrack. The current cross-borough buses are heavily used, probably to the point that many of these routes are inefficient. A crosstown rail line would allow people to have far more use for the subway for trips not headed to the CBD, and would also eliminate some Bus to subway trips for travel to the CBD.

FWIW, the 12 and 36 in the Bronx have higher ridership than the Sea Beach. Not that a crosstown line would eliminate all the ridership of those lines, but it would easily attract riders off numerous other cross-borough buses as well, even trips that might not be immediately apparent.

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