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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 16:08:10 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by Dan on Thu May 3 10:33:25 2012.

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I disagree. There comes a point where bus service is simply no longer efficient, due to its slower speeds and higher operating costs per passenger mile. The G is maligned due to its 'low ridership', but compared to a bus line, or even a metro line in other cities, its patronage is actually not bad. Subways are also economic generators, because they raise property values in the vicinity of their stations, something buses do not do. A Bay Ridge ROW rapid transit line could very well pay for itself by way of reduced operating costs with less buses on numerous routes and increased tax receipts due to higher land values. This doesn't even begin to account for the time savings to commuters who use the line instead of slower buses.

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