From the Daily News:
Getting to and from Rockaway is the single biggest issue hampering the quality of life of local residents, according to a new report released yesterday.
The lack of good transportation also is stalling important economic development on the peninsula, say members of the Rockaway Task Force who compiled the report.
"Buses stop in Howard Beach and then come to Rockaway empty to go to a depot," said Dan Mundy, a member of the task force. "Instead of switching buses, why can't people stay on that bus to Rockaway?"
Jonathan Gaska, district manager of Community Board 14, said it often takes residents from Rockaway longer to get into Manhattan than people who commute from parts of Suffolk County.
Recommendations in the report include a pilot program to provide morning and evening express subway service on the A line, more showers and concessions along the boardwalk, and elimination of the Cross Bay Bridge toll.
The group also said it was opposed to construction of housing in Arverne East, saying that area should be set aside for retail development that would create jobs for the community.