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Renovating the Rockaways

by Benjamin Kabak

Take the A Train past Howard Beach to the Rockaways. Journeying over the vast expanse of Jamaica Bay, the A train arrives in the Rockaways where the subway stations there are in a serious state of disrepair. If all goes according to plan, however, the MTA will begin work on a $190-million renovation project this fall that would see all nine of the peninsula stations receiving much-needed overhauls. The state legislature must approve the plans, and only after that can the Rockaways finally get modern stations with canopies and public address systems. [The Daily News]

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robert semler January 26, 2009 - 2:47 pm

it will never happen the rockaways have always been neglected i can see them tearing it down like they wanted to do in the 80s and give the rockaways bus service from howard beach .All the stations would fall apart before they fix it even though ridership on the a is up in the rockaways >what they should do is run the C to lefferts and have the A trains running 24/7 to the rock one to mott and the other to rock park this would eliminate the shuttle

Cats May 20, 2009 - 10:09 am

I rode the first train to the Rockaways on the day it opened. I rode the trains after that day and I remember them as very slow, freezing cold because heat didn’t work and just lousy service. I remember the drawbridge getting stuck open in winter because the mechanisms froze. I remember the days of a late-hours shuttle from Rockaway Park to Far Rockaway and then to Euclid Avenue. The service was awful then, and I guess it hasn’t changed much. Too bad the City didn’t want to bankroll the LIRR in 1950 to rebuild the trestle and continue that service. Instead what we got was a cruel hoax.


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