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

Posted by clearaspect on Sun May 6 17:07:31 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by Edwards! on Wed May 2 22:25:08 2012.

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You dont build lines for building lines sake, drawing lines doesnt work in the real world. As I learned that when I went through tremendous amounts of Revisions of my own second avenue subway line. Matching demographic data, back in the early days lines could go "nowhere" because the areas were ripe for development. Now though with the city mostly developed new lines must go where it will benefit the most people and offer the most convinence over other forms of transportation and spur land value increases. The biggest weakness of the Rockaway line is its distance from Woodhaven Blvd meaning people would still need to take a bus to the train in certain cases so it might not take significant amount of people off the buses. Also its easy to extend the M line but why? Is there enough of a demand in that corridor for manhattan service or subway service? Its easy to say yes, but if 2u full length trains can handle the rush hour capacity of hourly bus service... thats not a lot of people to justify up to 2 billion in building.

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