Monday, August 17, 2015

Short-term Rockaway transit solution?

From Rockaway Post:

It’s not cheap, and you have to get to the Howard Beach station first. But it is a fast connection, and the easiest way into Manhattan when the A train is out of service.

This could be an interim solution, to be used in emergency situations: extend the Rockaway Park shuttle to Howard Beach, and allow riders to connect to the AirTrain for a reduced fare. Making this happen requires very little other than the cooperation of the MTA and the Port Authority. What do you say, Governor Cuomo?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

? Just take the bus to the subway. It's faster, cheaper, and fewer transfers for almost all trips that don't start at the Howard beach air train station and end at penn station.

Anonymous said...

take the LIRR as well if you can make it to that station

Unknown said...

Single payments of $5 is expensive. a 10 (5 trip) ticket for $25 is much cheaper, especially for a family arriving and taking subway (either at Jamaica or Howard Beach) into Manhattan. Best is the commuter ticket 1 month for $40.00 unlimited in and out at Jamaica and Howard Beach. The only issue you run into with th $40.00 is if you are too quick you need to wait until the card is useable again - this would be using the card in Jamaica then Howard Beach or vice versa. I think it's 15 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Yes, please extend the shuttle train. Since it's serving tourists it will run a lot better.

Anonymous said...

the air train is designed for air travelers and airport employees. it was never intended to be a mass transit solution. the last think people need to see before they arrive and depart NYC is a bunch of A Train transplants.

Anonymous said...

Sort of like going to LGA via Shea Stadium on #7

Anonymous said...

Another reason why the revival of the Rockaway Branch makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Activating the Rockaway branch would give the thugs from Jamaica easy access to rob and commit murder the nicer neighborhoods. Yeah I guess open it but go no further south then union turnpike. Take a pointer from Robert Moses who once knew how to keep the citys garbage off his Long Island beaches.
Hey, Looking at Google earth large sections of the track around Howard Beach no longer exist or run through peoples back yards in prime neighborhood streets