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Re: My Route Suggestion of the Old Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch

Posted by WillD on Sat Jul 22 21:32:00 2006, in response to Re: My Route Suggestion of the Old Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch, posted by RonInBayside on Sat Jul 22 17:53:31 2006.

That is only in your humble opinion, and that clearly is quite up for debate. Don't try to pass off your opinion as fact. I will readily admit that what I've written here is opinion, but I believe it to be grounded in fact far better than your argument.

Your open cut or cut and cover tunnel would entail far more complex and lengthy construction than a light rail would ever have. The potential for construction or engineering errors resulting in catestrophic damage to the surrounding roads and property would be much greater. The open cut subway running the same equipment used in NYC's subways would likely minimize noise relative to the same train operating on the surface, but a light rail train on the surface would likely be quieter than either. Much of the Rockaway Line right of way is grade separated, so there's little operational advantage to be gained in attempting to construct a subway or open cut rapid transit line. Indeed a strong case could be made for the fact that Queens could have a grade separated bike path adjacent to the light rail line, something that would be extremely difficult to do with the subway or open cut plan.

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