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Re: My Route Suggestion of the Old Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch
Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sun Jul 23 10:26:06 2006, in response to Re: My Route Suggestion of the Old Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch, posted by RonInBayside on Sun Jul 23 10:19:46 2006.While it would be nice to have the LIRR go right to JFK (or at least the Howard Beach station), we already have a similar LIRR connection at Jamaica now. It's water under the bridge, as in the 60's, they had their direct LIRR/subway connection to the airport right there in the palm of their hands, and allowed it to rot. The LIRR could have used the ROckaway branch as they always did, and diverge to only the center tracks south of the Liberty El, and the subway could run on the outer two tracks as they do now, with the LIRR in the unused center tracks.
However, that being said, at this point, the line is much better suited to subway or Light rail, as opposed to the LIRR. The line could use rapid transit service (as no subway anywhere near it), not commuter rail service. The LIRR is no longer in the rapid transit-like service. That area needs subway headways, not hourly or half hourly LIRR commuter service.