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Andy's Almanac - June 28

Posted by andy on Sun Jun 28 13:50:29 2020

1956: NYCTA subway service is extended to Southwest Queens and the Rockaway Peninsula with the opening of service between Rockaway Blvd. Station, and Rockaway Park and Wavecrest on the Rockaway Peninsula. The old LIRR route across Jamaica Bay was repurposed for the subway. A May 1950 fire burned out over a thousand feet of the cross-bay trestle and was the catalyst for NYC to purchase the line from the LIRR in 1952. Rebuilt for subway service, the link opened June 28, 1956. The final station on the east leg, Far Rockaway, did not open until January 1958 in order to permit construction of a new terminal station; thus Wavecrest was the east terminal for a year and a half.

Fast forward to 2012. Superstorm Sandy badly damaged the 1956 cross bay trestle, so once again service was suspended till the current trestle opened.


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