Friday, January 18, 2013

Queensway Boondoggle Threatens Key Queens Rail Right of Way

What could be, or could never be if the Queensway crew gets their wish:

Ben Kabak has an important series of posts on the Rockaway Beach Branch, a rail transit right of way that has lain fallow for decades. 

Now that right of way is threatened as a group with significant backing seeks to turn it into a linear park.  There are a number of problems with this proposal, but the local group has gained national backing, recruited NYC Parks insider Adrian Benepe and has secured $500,000 in funding from the state to study their proposal. 

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on the Governor to match that with funding to study the reactivation of this invaluable transit asset. 

Queens transit service is notoriously poor. This is an asset the borough can ill afford to lose. 

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