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(A) Train Service Returns To Howard Beach-JFK; Shuttle bus to Far Rockaway begins

Posted by Gold_12TH on Sun Nov 11 13:48:41 2012

video: http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/172129/a-train-service-returns-to-howard-beach
The A train is once again rolling to Howard Beach, Queens, as the first train came into the station shortly before 8 a.m. today.

From Howard Beach, riders can take a free shuttle bus from Howard Beach to Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Straphangers said they were happy to have this important lifeline restored.

"We're happier now, because before it was too much of a hassle for us, and it's much easier now that they're back to normal," said one commuter.

"Usually, I take the bus from Far Rockaway to Jamaica, and the E train all the way down to the World Trade Center. That takes me about three hours round-trip," said another commuter. "This takes me an hour, so it cuts two hours off my commuting time."

A Train Service Returns To Howard Beach
Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it could take up to six months to fully restore subway service to the Rockaways.

The bridge that carries the line over Jamaica Bay was wiped out by Sandy.

Starting Monday morning, ferry service will also be offered for Rockaway residents. It will run during the morning and evening rush hours from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive to Pier 11, with free transfers to East 34th Street in Midtown.

The fare is $2 each way.

Meanwhile, the Hugh L. Carey-Brooklyn Battery tunnel is the only city tunnel that remains closed, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has not given a date when that tunnel will reopen.

The L train began running into Manhattan Thursday when service under the East River was finally restored.

Continued lingering transit gaps include 1 trains south of Chambers Street.

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