The Regional Plan Association isn’t choosing the QueensWay over the Queens Rail, or vice versa.
Instead, the transportation think tank has partially endorsed both ideas for the abandoned 3.5-mile Rockaway Beach Rail Line.
In its Fourth Regional Plan, issued late last month, the RPA called for the creation of the QueensWay — a proposed park along the elevated right-of-way — between Rego Park and Woodhaven.
From Atlantic Avenue south into Ozone Park, the RPA has endorsed the reactivation of train service along the defunct line.
Under the Fourth Regional Plan, the Queens Rail would run between Atlantic Avenue and Kennedy Airport with a stop near Aqueduct Race Track in between.
At Atlantic Avenue, the service would connect to the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Branch — which itself would be extended west from Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn into Manhattan.
That would give train proponents that 30-minute one-seat ride from Manhattan to JFK many have advocated for.