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

Posted by Train Man Paul : Metro-North's Best Conductor FOR ALL 3 LINES!!! on Sun May 6 10:18:07 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by clearaspect on Sun May 6 10:02:29 2012.

Guessing you forgot the costs of signal and track equipment, the costs of complete right of way rebuilding, foliage and tree removal (1000s+ trees), structure replacement, as more than likely ALL overhead bridges and viaducts on this line would need to be replaced in their entirety, especially between 103rd Avenue and Rockaway Blvd, would need to be torn down and rebuilt, construction of stations, land acquisition for parking, intermodal facilities, etc., I think easily the price tag would exceed 3 billion easily. AirTrain JFK cost $1.3B to build, and this is with relatively little land acquisition, no stations serving the communities (which means no need to acquire land for parking facilities, no need to hire a parking agency to run the lots, etc.), no need for completely renewing any right of way or structures to accomodate heavy cars or frequent train movements, foliage removal, dealing with residential and business properties who illegally extended their properties onto the original right of way, which is quite evident in Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Rego Park along the Rockaway Line.

Again, the costs will be astronomical, and this line ever running again is a mere railfan fantasy.

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