“Sixty−five percent of the borough’s population lives beyond walking distance of a subway stop, mostly in eastern Queens,” according to the report.
The report goes on to say: “Some areas of Queens have neither express buses nor subways, including College Point east of La Guardia Airport and the southern portions of Queens Village and Rosedale.”
The RPA proposes converting the LIRR’s Atlantic Branch to transit use.
“This line originally functioned as a transit line and could again, if extended into Manhattan and connected to the Second Avenue subway,” read the report. “This would shave off at least 20 minutes from Jamaica to Lower Manhattan.
“The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has estimated this line would carry 100,000 riders a day if the Atlantic Branch were linked to the Second Avenue subway,” the report read.
The plan also envisions establishing transfer connections at two locations in Long Island City: connecting Queensboro Plaza and Queens Plaza and the E, G and V lines at Court Square.
Transit report points out shortcomings in Queens