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

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Tue May 15 20:18:56 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by randyo on Tue May 15 18:01:12 2012.

As I mentioned http://www.subchat.com/read.asp?Id=1154428, I would suggest abandoning both the Woodhaven and 104th St stations, and rebuilding one station closer together nearer to the Rockaway line (see copy and paste of that post for elaboration, it's not as severe as it sounds).
It's somewhat similar to what should have been done on Broadway with the Hewes and Lorimer St stations being abandoned for a new station at Union to easy transfer with the G. It would give G riders another option for connection to Manhattan, especially with the M going to Midtown now. But anyway, here's the copy and paste of my suggestion for a new Woodhaven Blvd station on the J line in a slightly different spot:

104th St and Woodhaven Blvd are both to far from the Rockaway Branch to connect with a station there, a transfer that would be vital to the Rockaway Branch.
I would perhaps suggest abandoning both the Woodhaven station, and the 104th St station, and building a new station at the Rockaway Branch called "Woodhaven Blvd", with it's east end at 98th St, with a connection to the Rockaway Branch, and it's west end at 94th St, a block away from Woodhaven Blvd itself, and which would be around where the east end of the current Woodhaven Blvd station is now. This would allow the continuation of a station at Woodhaven Blvd, as well as a connection to the new station on the Rockaway Branch.
The new station on the Jamaica el wouldn't be too hard to make, as it would just be a side platform station with the platforms hanging off the side of the el as it does now.
If you want to get really fancy, it could be rebuilt as an express station, in coordination with adding a third track to the Jamaica El, another necessary project.


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