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

Posted by Edwards! on Wed May 9 01:47:58 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by ClearAspect on Tue May 8 22:43:26 2012.

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the Woodhaven line will be the ONLY NORTH SOUTH CROSS QUEENS ROUTE,connecting both sides of the boro by rail,without travel miles out of the way.

Heres where your logic fails..
The LIRR wanted to dump the line as early as the 1920,when they caught wind of the planned IND SYSTEM line through mid QUEENS COUNTY to Jamaica..along with its planned branches..they also tried to dump the Whitestone Branch on the city too..

They were BROKE..needed money..and the sale would help them out at least a short while.The city purchased the line..but did nothing with the norther end..keeping the LIRR in use as far as Ozone.
It was the LIRR that finally abandoned the line in 1962..when passengers were still using the route..when they were slowly abandoning their city services all over...all the while the TA rebuilt the southern end for subway service.

Who are you?where have you been that you didnt know this?
The city DID purchase the line during the 50s[i believe it was in 1952]with the deferred Second Av funds that built the...
11th st cut,
the Chrystie st cut..
rebuilt the Rockaway line south..
the overpass connecting the Dyre line to the West Farms..
the 6th ave Express tunnel..
the 148TH St terminal..rebuilt the Dekalb ave interchange..
and the 57th st station.

The city of NY OWNS the right of way just like it owns the subway..not the MTA.

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